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1974 Horatio Alger Award Winner

Robert Beverley Evans*

Evans Industries, Inc.

"If you get knocked down, always get back up and start running again."

Robert Evans was an entrepreneur by age five, when he sold old newspapers for a nickel each in the early 1900s. He went on to turn more than 40 faltering businesses into profitable enterprises, including saving American Motors in the 1960s by cutting costs and producing the Gremlin. He credited his father for his ultimate success. When he turned 18, his father told him, "You're on your own, do what you can." Evans said it was the best thing that could have happened. He believed the most valuable assets are honesty and truthfulness, and he attributed his success to ambition, self-confidence, and perseverance in the face of adversity.

* Deceased