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Fred Trump, the second in a line of self-made magnates (his father, Friedrich, had earned his fortune in the Klondike gold rush, selling lodging, food, booze and possibly women to hordes of miners), was possessed of the singular family gift: He could see the future and beat everyone else to it."When the car was just coming out, houses had no garages," says Trump.
"Dad went all over Queens, building garages in the Thirties, and he could throw 'em up like nothing.
" (Fact-check: It isn't bigger than Air Force One, and it was featured on the Smithsonian Channel.
But in this, as in much of what Trump says, it's more about the broad strokes than the details.) week or so earlier, I'd been summoned to Trump's office at his glitter-bomb cathedral, Trump Tower.
"He was good-hit good-field: We had scouts from the Phillies to watch him, but he wanted to go to college and make real money."After graduating from Wharton, where his academic laurels have been grossly overstated through the years (he didn't finish first in his class or anywhere near it, and went altogether missing from the list of honors for the class of 1968), Trump began working for his old man in Brooklyn, but had little sustaining interest in low-rent units."We grew up with a lot of those kids and know them well," says Don Jr."But I guess we were pushed and motivated differently." It's worth noting that Trump was nearly a train wreck himself as the son of wealth in Jamaica Estates, Queens."You'd see 'em ring the bell and stand way over here. ' and he'd say, ' ' Cause these motherfuckers ! '"Trump has raised his own kids in comparable fashion, disabusing them of any notions of unearned grandeur."I was a dock attendant for a couple of summers, then went into landscaping," says Don Jr., a company vice president running international projects, with an office directly below his father's.