Every insight expressed by a healer or investigator, every use of the eyes of understanding, is a function of his formative place, of all that goes into his special relationship to history. My formative place was Brooklyn, New York, where I spent most of my childhood. My parents were second generation. They were born in America, but barely—their parents had been born in shtetls in Russia. My father, in particular, stood for progressive principles that I think affected me and others in my family. He made his way in this society by attending the City College of New York. It’s kind of interesting that I somehow made my way back to the City University, which is an outgrowth of City College.