Bob Farrell as a young man
Bob Farrell was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1927. His grandfather, Patrick Farrell, owned a successful auto parts company, but when the stock market crashed in 1929, it took its toll on the business and the family. Bob Farrell's father took his own life when Bob was only four years old. His mother placed him and his sister in an orphanage. It was a safe place run by loving people. "I remember crying when I arrived and crying when I left," Bob would later recall, "I'm sure 1973 In 1973, Bob Farrell sold his 55-store chain of ice cream parlors to the Marriott Corporation. He remained as its spokesperson, as they added nearly a hundred more stores. During this time he developed a motivational speech for new employees called Give 'em the Pickle!, based on a letter he received from a disappointed customer. This speech began the third chapter of his career as a highly sought-after motivational speaker and author. I gave those poor people a harder time than they gave me." His mother remarried five years later and got her children back.