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Thursday, 25 August 2011

One with the Sea: an Interview with Richard Daniel O'Leary - Page 3

Written by Nate Marcus
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What was it like to write a memoir?

I never wanted to do that! My writing had been in an academic environment. I had no interest when people told me "you've had an interesting life, you should write about that." I had zero interest. But, I eventually changed my mind. I wrote with a legal pad and a $1 pen. I got into a routine of getting up at 5 or 6 o'clock and writing for 4 or 5 hours every day, seven days a week, and would read it to my wife. After 2 months, it was done. But it took a full year to get it out and put it together.

You call your story "an adventure in capitalism."  What does that mean to you?

I believe in capitalism. Our little company was a grand example of capitalism. It started with me, with no money, and some people who were willing to take a chance, and make profit.  Riding through adversity, good fortune and bad fortune, we made good profits and then made employee owners of the employees. It is a perfect example of capitalism at its very best.

I thank my illiterate father, who was basically a saint. He taught me a lot of things about life, and I became very ethical. I never cheated, or skirted lines to make profit. I always tried to do more than was expected.

Richard's book is called One with the Sea: An Inspiring Rags-to-Riches Saga of the Son of an Irish Immigrant (Jetty House, September 2011). For more information, visit the website:

(c)Nate Marcus

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