ROBERT (Bob) Jaeger was born on 16 December 1937 or, as he often fondly notes, “I was born on Beethoven's 167th birthday, in Baltimore, Maryland.” Bob was born into the Great Depression, but his family's financial situation had stabilized by the time he arrived. He was told that during the years before he was born, when his parents already had four children, they moved every month to avoid paying rent at the end of the month. Bob's dad was a blue collar worker in a factory, and he expected Bob to follow him—a fate in which Bob had absolutely no interest. His mom was a waitress for many years. Bob's siblings were 13–22 years older, so he was almost an only child. But these siblings were influential in his career.

Bob's sisters, Doris and Mildred, did as expected in those days; they married early and raised children. Bob's two...

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