Lynn Weaver talks with his daughter, Kimberly, about his father, Ted Weaver, who worked as a janitor and chauffeur in Nashville, Tennessee.
Dr. Lynn Weaver was Chairman of Surgery at the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta when this interview was recorded in 2007.
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but i think my father ranks right up there as brilliant. When I was in high school, i was taking algebra, and i was sitting at the kitchen table, trying to do my homework. and i got frustrated saying i just can't figure this out.
so my father said what's the problem, came by he says what's the problem. I said it's this alegbra. he said let me look at it. i said dad, they didn't have algebra in your day. and i went to sleep. at around 4 o'clock in the morning, he woke me up, he said, c'mon son, get up. he set me at the kitchen table, and he taught me algebra. what he had done was he had set up all night and read the algebra book, and then he explained the problems to me so i could do them and understand them. and to this day, i live my life trying to be half the man my father was. just half the man. and i would be a success if my children love me half as much as i loved my father.