He dropped out of high school at age 14 and began working as a copy boy at the New York Sun. Taking night classes, he became impressed by reading that John Stuart Mill (tutored by his dad) could read the dialogues of Plato in Greek at the age of 5. So at age 14, he bought a set of Plato and was hooked. John Cuddily would refer to him later as the "the only Ph.D. in America with no B.A., no M.A., not even a high school diploma." An aside: he never got his college degree because "PE came at 10 o’clock, my logic class was at 9 and my French class at 11. It was too much of a bother to dress and undress and dress and undress. I only had time to get dressed once a day".
Who was this? This was of course Mortimer Adler, University of Chicago professor, founder of the Great Books of the Western World program, American educator, philosopher and author or editor of more than 50 books including the Encyclopedia Britannica and How to Read a Book.
Mortimer J. Adler