Could anyone imagine having no money, few friends, and no chance to succeed
in life? Well, for one individual this situation is all too real.
Grantly Reed Marshall, a 18-year-old high school student from Franklin Square,
Ohio, had big dreams but little money. Grantly had reached a crucial time in his
life. He desperately wanted to attend college. Grantly's siblings were much
smarter than he was, as were his parents. None of his classmates expected
Grantly to amount to anything, but this made him more determined.
Grantly's family was very different. They had one light bulb in their entire
house. Grantly got his name when his mother read the book Childbirth Without
Pain, by Dr. Grantly Reed.
His father ran for president in 1928 under the Communist Party.
During this period in his life when they usually excluded him from the other
kids, and was the poorest he would ever be, Grantly wanted most of all to go to
The best things Grantly knew how to do was act and recite poetry. He would
memorize poetry with more than twenty stanzas in a week and recite them to
anyone who would listen to him speak.
Finally, with scholarships, student aid and multiple jobs Grantly fulfilled
his dream of attending college. Majoring in theater Grantly graduated Kent State
University in 1972 with honors.
After he graduated, Grantly did act in local theaters for a few weeks and
then decided to do to the Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany. Just weeks before
he was to leave Grantly's father fell ill and died shortly there after. Grantly
knew his father would want him to go to the Olympics anyway so off he went to
Germany. Because he was such a passionate speaker Grantly could speak many
languages and had no problems in Europe.
A few people Grantly did know and was friends with began to wonder about him
after the Summer Games ended and he did not return. Then, one day Gary Johnson,
one of Grantly's only friend's... [continues]
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