Enjoy this interview with author Walter Scherr about his new book that dives into his life’s journey. There are plenty of insights you can benefit from.
What first sparked the idea to write WALTER’S WAY?
I’m 91 years old and I want to leave a legacy. This is my story – how a Depression-era boy from Queens, New York overcame a life-threatening illness to live an adventurous life as a globe-trotting executive who witnessed and helped foster the post-World War II economic boom.
Could you give us a quick high-level summary of your background?
At age 17 I was ready to enlist after Pearl Harbor, but was found to have active tuberculosis, and was confined to a sanatorium for more than six years while my buddies went off to war, some of them never to return. Due to my illness, I didn’t begin my career until I was in my late 20s. Maybe that’s why I was so driven to succeed. I always felt like I had a lot of catching up to do with my peers, who were already out of college and ensconced in their businesses by that point.
At 28 years old, I was a soda jerk and social outcast. By the time I was 37, I was in charge of Sperry Ltd. in London. I worked for Litton Industries in Beverly Hills, which at the time was the Google of its day. I founded Visual Sciences Inc. / Panafax, the first publicly traded facsimile company. At 66 years old when most people were retiring, I was a [Continue reading]