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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 Grantlys 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 Grantlys 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 college 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 Grantlys 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
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