Billy, Bobby and the search for permanence "I was bossy," says William. "I was hyper-frenetic as a child, and no one could stand being around me. The biggest com- ment I heard all my life was, 'Billy, calm down and be yourself.'Well, I was being myself. Robert, however, was always calm." I think," Robert says to his brother, "we were so much happier when you were smil- ing than when you weren't, that we did what was necessary to try to keep you happy."
"But I mostly wasn't,"Willian1 says, and
then he stops himself. "No - I was always
justJrustrated. I was always designing things.
[ used to design houses and villages, whole
towns with bricks. Remember all the little
"He would make the castles and bve in
the castles," Robert says, "and I would
make the merchandise shop. I would be the
shopkeeper. And he would be the king."
Ask the Brothers Long what they were
like when they were children, and they'll tell
Although he works In Manhattan,
Long considers this house on Main
Street his official residence; a photo
of movie star Halle Berry in a Long-
designed dress shares the spotlight
with Robert, Laura and William;
nieces, nephews and cousins ride
horseback on the farm, part of the
annual celebration in Seaboard.
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