My journey began at South Chicago Community Hospital on the far south side of what is still today my favorite city: Chicago. I was the firstborn son of Anne Oganovich Ivancevich and Milan (“Mike” or “Legs”) Ivancevich. What I have accomplished throughout my life is linked to my family, their support, encouragement, integrity, work ethic, sensitivity toward others, curiosity, and a thirst to seek knowledge. My personal odyssey is so tightly anchored to my family that the achievements, successes, frustrations, setbacks, and tragedies have largely been shared with relatives.