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A Piece of My Mind
January 15, 2003


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A Piece of My Mind Section Editor: Roxanne K. Young, Associate Editor.

JAMA. 2003;289(3):273. doi:10.1001/jama.289.3.273

My dad was Jesse E. Kruse. He was a grocery man. He made sure the bananas received the proper exposure to carbon dioxide so they were flawless when they went to the store. He made sure the coffee beans were roasted to perfection. Watermelons percussed to precisely the correct ripeness. Otherwise he would not buy them for his stores. He cared about his customers. They knew he cared.

Before that, my dad was an Army man. He believed what his hero General George Patton said: "A man standing by his convictions can turn the tide of many." Yes, indeed.

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