John G. Sperling
John G. Sperling was an educational pioneer, an intellectual, political activist and entrepreneur. In all these endeavors, he ran toward controversy and fiercely stood up to improve the condition of the working class and to fight against discrimination of all stripes.
Raised in a log cabin in the Missouri Ozarks by a family of sharecroppers, his father was an alcoholic and his mother a fire-and brimstone Calvinist. His education was limited by poverty, childhood illness, and an untended learning disability, making it difficult for him to read. His escape from this harsh childhood and entry onto the path of higher education, accomplishment, wealth, and pre-eminence make his life even more remarkable.