"As far back as I can recall I have always been surrounded with dolls. When my father came to America he brought with him the profession of doll repair, which he learned in Germany. He founded the first doll hospital in the United States under the name of M. Alexander. People came from far and wide. The doll hospital was located on the east side of New York. I can still see the tearful faces of the children, holding their broken dolls. Although we were in limited circumstances, we were never poor. Our lives were filled with love and appreciation. I learned then something I have never forgotten: how important a doll is in a child's world.