In the Philadelphia neighborhood where Robert (Bob) Ealey grew up, the only men who had fine clothing and money to spend were drug dealers. This was magnetic to a young teenager. Bob dropped out of high school after 11th grade and began substance abuse at age 18. Even though he was using, he was able to hold down a job at the City of Philadelphia’s Sanitation Department. for six years. Eventually, though, his addiction lost him his job.