Alsop dedicated himself to stepfatherhood, paving the way for Patten to enter Harvard and making sure he dressed properly to attend posh Washington events.
I could never take him totally seriously," Patten said.
Patten and his wife, Sydney, keep reminders of those years close at hand.
the decent and caring man, whom Patten considers his father.
My guess is Bill wasn't sure I was his son, but he didn't see the need to find out," Patten said.
The most intriguing thing I have heard about Patten is that he is said to be unable yet to see how Blair can be opposed.
When Patten wrote that book in the early Eighties, he was angry and fearful about the mass unemployment created by Thatcherism.
He has also stolen the voters who liked the Conservative tradition of which Patten may be the last representative.
I would prefer to think it is because Blair is creating a lasting coalition, from the Patten middle ground to, say, Robin Cook on the left.
Patten had the use of a vintage Rolls Royce, two Daimlers and a helicopter.
Patten is trying to buy a six-bedroom, pounds 1million house overlooking the Thames at Barnes, South London.
But he is already even richer than Patten thanks to his shipping empire, and the top tax rate in Hong Kong is only 15 per cent.