We Lost a Great African American Man, by the name of Dempsey J. Travis. On Thursday July 2, 2009 at the age of 89 . A Man that i respected and admired as a father figure role-model. No disrespect to my dad, Theodore R. Jackson Sr. R.I.P. . When i first heard about Dempsey J. Travis , i was about 25 yrs. old , I read Mr. Travis Book, and different articles about him. I even heard some people say that he was the owner of all the big buildings on the South Side of Chicago . LOL LOL,. Man was i excited to here this about a black Man !!. He was an Author, activist, entrepreneur, historian and self-made multi-millionaire. See when i was about 12 yrs. old , I didn’t have a father at home . At that time I was looking for information about, getting a job, and how I can help my family get through hard times . When i was a young man my mother used to say, son be patient and keep doing what you do, it’s going to work out one-day . Boy was she right ! At that time I work for a man name Austin Taylor, a real-estate developer who own court-way buildings in Chicago. He was like a father to me at the age of 16 . First I was cleaning and mopping hallways in his buildings. Then He taught me different trades like painting ,carpentry,electrical,roofing and rehab work . I’m very grateful today for this Man. Now I’m a member of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades. See Mr. Taylor work very hard, not smart . I mean, we did all the work in the buildings without any help or contractors for many years and that took a toll on his health. Later he died in his 70’s with no money in 1996. When I became a developer I picked up those same habits, some were good some were bad . The point I’m trying to make here is, Motivation,Information,and Experience is the best teaching . Today I try to learn from other people’s mistakes.
I bought Dempsey Travis book in 2000 . ” Real Estate is the Gold in Your Future”. After reading this book, I was like ” I GOT IT ! ” I bought a beautiful two flat building, and a house in the chatham community. Just Imagine if i had a father at home and this book at the age of 12 . Thank you for the info Mr. Travis . You will be Miss !! Teddy Jackson
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Mr. Travis has authored 25 best selling books including An Autobiography of Black Chicago, An Autobiography of Black Politics, Real Estate is the Gold in Your Future, and, Harold: The People’s Mayor, to name a few titles. He was financial editor for Dollars and Sense Magazine for several years, and was also a contributing writer for Ebony Magazine and Black Scholars.
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