After struggling with addiction for 35 years and serving multiple prison stints, a former Harlem drug dealer has reason to celebrate: He's now a college graduate. David Norman, 67, earned a bachelor's degree in philosophy from Columbia University last Wednesday, making him the oldest member of his graduating class.
"It was a great feeling," Norman told the New York Daily News on Sunday. "I'm just now starting to come down from my little high."
Norman, who says he started drinking when he was 11 and started using heroin when he was 15, got into trouble with the law for the first time in 1967 and eventually caught a manslaughter charge three decades later after stabbing a man. His lengthy rap sheet also includes arrests for drug trafficking, robbery, and more.