Sixty years ago, as a young boy growing up in upstate New York, I didn't know that not going to college was an option. I grew up in a family of six, my father a self-employed shoemaker. Neither of my parents were college graduates. As a matter of fact, my father dropped out of high school to enlist in the Army. However, both my parents knew that college was in the future for all their children. They recognized and understood that graduating from high school and going to college was the ticket to a better life.