Tonawanda News — But with all these accomplishments with far-reaching implications, the one thing he said he’s most proud of in his career is teaching students.
“The most important thing you can do is really help them get going ... get them into a new phase of their lives. When they (go to college), they’ve been told its different but they have no idea of how different it is,” he said.
He said he tries to make them teach them “that if you aim high enough then some of a fraction of the time, you’re going to fail and if you don’t fail you didn’t aim high enough. So go out there and do something.”
“I do get enough feed back from students that I was helpful, and that it keeps me going,” he said.
Marshak said he has fond memories of growing up in Western New York, though he hasn’t been back to visit much since he graduated high school. Immediately after his graduation, his parents moved to Syracuse, and later to Florida.
He remembers days as an 11-year-old spent on his bike riding out to Fort Erie with his friends and playing with explosives on the athletic field as a member of the chemistry club in high school — both things that are likely frowned upon by adults these days.
He also recalled being in the same class as journalist Wolf Blitzer’s older sister.
“He was the pain-in-the butt brother we were always telling to get lost,” he said.
The son of an accountant and teacher, Marshak said he doesn’t forget where he comes from. He considers his mother — a teacher, who was the child of illiterate parents — to be the best role model he could have had as a youngster.