The Poor Rockefellers Author:John W. Rockefeller, Jr. When John W. Rockefeller,Jr. was a little boy,he was interviewed by a ship's reporter who had found his name on the passenger list and assumed it was that of his famous namesake.When seven year-old John was finally located, the reporter said in astonishment,"Who says money cares age you fellows prematurely. — Unlike most others of their station,D... more »r. John Rockefeller and his beautiful wife did not believe in using money to make more money when they already had enough with which to indulge their rather eccentric beliefs.Nor did they think it was necessary to send their crew of five children to "the" schools.Indeed they were practicing the pragmatic theories of John Dewey before these were promulgated, knowing that education was where you found it preferably in a warm climate,on the other side of the Alantic,and not always in schools.Thus,John, learned sportsmanship on shipboard,how to play checkers from a Moorish guide,the conviviality of a bar from the revolving doors of the Knickerbocker Hotel,and engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Mr.Rockefeller's debonair recollections of his family's adventures and misadventures over a large slice of geography are as urbane and engaging as are the poor Rockefellers themselves. Indeed,their wonderfully happy lifetime of fun,wisdom,warmth, and mistaken identity makes them among the "richest"Rockefellers of all.« less