Monday, January 13 2014, 08:49 AM MST
Web Exclusive: "My Life Will be Different"
Shauna Lake: As a young boy did you ever consciously say to yourself my life will be different?
Jon Huntsman Sr.: Yes I did.
Shauna Lake: Tell me about that.
Jon Huntsman Sr.: I believe it was either in the 8th or ninth grade; I had one shirt that I would wear and I would bring it home and wash it and wear it the next day. I remember distinctively when I bought my second shirt. I had never been to the dentist before the 8th grade and I went to Dr. Klindentan in Palo Alto and he said Jon you have 20 cavities and it will cost you $6 a cavity, $120 to have these all filled. I was already cleaning out a meat market, and waiting on tables at a restaurant. I got the job as the janitor to pay for my dental work which was $120 and I said to myself then, after going to the dentist, I will never raise a family like this. I will never put myself in a position like this again and I will help other people so that they don't have to go through what I went through. And yet I was never bitter, I was always happy and I was always grateful for the opportunity to have a job and to be in good health and to work. But it clearly decide then that whatever it took to utilize whatever talents or abilities I had that we would never, my children and grandchildren would never go through what the old man went through.
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