Overachievement in the face of discrimination was deeply embedded in our DNA. No sane person would believe otherwise because the evidence was all around us. We were captains of industry. Artists, musicians, poets, designers. We revitalized neighborhoods and raised culture and fashion to high art. We were masters of reinvention, keeping in mind the economy we so generously stimulated because after all, one thing that never cast doubt was the fact that life had to be lived.