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2010 Induction - Albert Ratner Keynote

Albert B. Ratner is Co-Chairman of the Board of Forest City Enterprises, Inc.

He graduated from Michigan State University in 1951 with a B.S. from School of Forestry. He is the recipient of Honorary Doctor of Laws (1990) Long Island University, Brooklyn, N.Y. and Honorary Doctor of Engineering (1992) Polytechnic University, Brooklyn, N.Y. In 2007, he was appointed Adjunct Visiting Professor at the Land Policy Institute of Michigan State University.

Al Ratner keynote at the 2010 Cleveland International Hall of Fame Induction


Among the many awards that he has received, is the 2005 Urban Land Institute J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development.

Mr Ratner delivered the keynote address at the 2010 Cleveland International Hall of Fame Induction on Wednesday May 12, 2010 in Cleveland.



Mr Ratner begins his keynote address


Albert Ratner keynote at the 2010 Cleveland International Hall of Fame Induction



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In Mr Ratner's conclusion, he read a poem called Your Town.

If you'd like to live
in the kind of Town
Like the kind of Town you'd like.
You needn't slip
your clothes in a grip
And start on a long, long hike.

For you'll only find
what you've left behind
There's nothing that's really new
Your knocking yourself,
when you knock your Town
It isn't your Town, - - it's you!

Real Towns are not made
of people afraid
When somebody else gets ahead.
When everyone works
and nobody shirks
You can raise a Town from the dead.

So if, while you make
your personal stake,
Your neighbor can make his too,
You can make a town
what you want it to be
It isn't the Town, -- it's you!

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ClevelandPeople.Com thanks Mr. Ratner for being the keynote speaker for the inaugural class of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame.

Al Ratner keynote at the 2010 Cleveland International Hall of Fame Induction



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