JOSEPH JURAN: I tend to choke up when I think about the immigrants. And the -- in one sense, most important event in my life was my dad coming over here and then bringing us over. Look at what we avoided. We would have been dragged into that Holocaust somehow, and whether we would have survived it, is very speculative. And, of course, coming over here under those conditions, and seeing the opportunity as reality, my dad had six children. Every one of them ended up being able to hold their heads high.
I literally read the Declaration of Independence from beginning to end (on the 4th of July). It's in script form in the New York Times every 4th of July. I never get over the magnificence of that document. The thought that went into it and the truths that are in it. And they're so inspiring. And, of course, especially to an immigrant. I've gotten around to a fair number of countries, by now. Just about all those that are regarded as important, and quite a few that are not. And I don't know any of them in which, in terms of the practice -- adherence to those truths is practiced as it is here. We're in a wonderful country.
Image of the Statute of Liberty, ©JBallard, 2011