The Kid from Youngstown, Ohio: He’s Done Checking the Boxes
The universe will show you your path in life. But it’s not like a Hollywood movie where an angelic figure appears. Often it’s punctuated by a simple action. At an early age, Ronnell Richards received the message and was destined for success when his father, Al Richards, turned around one morning and saw little Ronnell was dressed for kindergarten in a suit—so the story goes, according to Al, over the telephone in June 2022.
Ronnell didn’t need prompting; he just did it. By choosing to wear a suit, Ronnell was signaling that he understood what was expected of him. He was ready.
Former New Britain High School Football Star Prays for ‘Triple Overtime'
In 1960, John “Jackie” Robinson made it to the pinnacle of college football when he arrived on the campus of the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, as a scholarship player. At Notre Dame, football players are treated like royalty—destined to live their lives in the pantheon of revered athletes. John was ready for his turn on the throne.
Growing up, John’s heroes were Cleveland Browns running back Jim Brown and basketball star Julius Erving, better known as Dr. J. As much as he loved sports, John was more interested in the broader world “because I wanted to understand and grasp life.” Life would be a stern teacher, and John would push back.
Second-Generation CEO Is Focused on Evolving—and Vietnamese Food
I agreed to meet Francesco Pagano, the CEO of Interpreters and Translators (iTi), at noon to attend the Rotary Club of Hartford meeting. We haven’t seen each other in years. It’s a few minutes before noon on Monday, May 2, 2022, and 50 people are milling around and eating an international smorgasbord of foods at the Parkville Market in Hartford, Connecticut. But I don’t see Francesco.
The market promotes itself as Connecticut’s first food hall—a much smaller version of New York City’s Chelsea Market or Quincy Market in Boston. I make several slow, time-killing loops around the first-floor perimeter past food stalls the size of a walk-in closet, carefully examining each posted menu as if I were Gordon Ramsey, the British chef and restaurateur.