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The Renaissance Man The people with whom we associate in conjunction with our surroundings affect us in many aspects of our life One prominent individual has had an everlasting affect on my life He came to me when I was seventeen months old and ever since that day he has been with me subtly guiding me through all the stages by my side throughout my life I see his success as a motive to achieve my own ambitions James Derderian my father adopted me with his wife Elizabeth when I of my eighteen years At the age of fifty-nine when most people begin to think about retirement he adopted me I was the last of three children that he adopted starting when he was fifty-one years old It is not only because of this that I feel influenced it is his insatiable appetite for new challenges His success in life for me acts as a guide which is use to lead me through my own life Coming to this country at the fragile age of five not knowing one word of English he has become a well known figure in his field of work Armenia the origin of my family is where my father was born seventy-seven years ago His very poor family fled from their town which was in Turkey to Everett Massachusetts in nineteen twenty-eight They lived several years in this suburb of Boston until they were able to move to Haverhill to start a chicken farm My fathers journey began the first day of school when he was sent home because he could not ask to go to the bathroom in English As he slowly learned the new culture he began to become more and more aware of his familys condition As a young adult he realized his familys troubles and strove to make what money he could in order to keep his family together He would sell eggs
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