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November 1, 2009

Laurence Kessler ’65: A Look Back, First Job

Larry-Kessler-First-JobsAs one of his first jobs, Adelphi Trustee Laurence Kessler ’65 was a New York City cab driver, picking up his first fare at 3:00 a.m. Along with meeting colorful characters and experiencing the true flavor of the city, he discovered a talent for dealing with tricky, sometimes dangerous, situations.

Today, a successful entrepreneur, Mr. Kessler owns and operates 21 Burger Kings and 46 Friendly’s throughout upstate New York. As Mr. Kessler puts it, “People who persevere succeed. People who won’t jump the hurdles, don’t.”

Excerpted from A Look Back, Adelphi University Magazine, Fall 2009 by Abby Ptachik and Lauren Kalish.

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