XU Magazine - Issue 01

Growing up: the real way the world works…


I had a dream growing up. I wanted to save the world. I was always busy, trying to discover how. So many things to do, and so many things to learn…

Being the oldest son of Greek immigrants on the South Side of Chicago in the late 1950s and 1960s meant that you had to be street-smart to survive. It was also a time of incredible commitment to educational programs for the ‘talented and gifted’ crowd. I was asked into those.

I loved math and science. I was an award-winning musician, very active in high school theatre, a three-sport athlete. I even was a Fortran and (one of the first) BASIC programmer. Like most young men of the time, very into cars. I had traveled around the world a lot by the time I was 18.

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About the author

Peter M. Vessenes

An American College graduate who lived through the 1960s, Peter Vessenes founded Profitsee in the early 21st Century after a varied career in other business roles.