gaspard 2

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gaspard 2
I've always loved this story.

"For Sparky, school was all but impossible. He failed every subject in the eighth grade.
He flunked physics in high school, getting a grade of zero. Sparky also flunked Latin,
algebra and English. He didn’t do much better in sports. Although he did manage to
make the school’s golf team, he promptly lost the only important match of the season.
There was a consolation match; he lost that, too.

Throughout his youth Sparky was awkward socially. He was not actually disliked by
the other students; no one cared that much. He was astonished if a classmate ever said
hello to him outside of school hours. There’s no way to tell how he might have done at
dating. Sparky never once asked a girl to go out in high school. He was too afraid of
being turned down.

Sparky was a loser. He, his classmates...everyone knew it. So he rolled with it.
Sparky had made up his mind early in life that if things were meant to work out, they
would. Otherwise he would content himself with what appeared to be his inevitable

However, one thing was important to Sparky - drawing. He was proud of his artwork.
Of course, no one else appreciated it. In his senior year of high school, he submitted
some cartoons to the editors of the yearbook. The cartoons were turned down. Despite
this particular rejection, Sparky was so convinced of his ability that he decided to
become a professional artist.

After completing high school, he wrote a letter to Walt Disney Studios. He was told to
send some samples of his artwork, and the subject for a cartoon was suggested.
Sparky drew the proposed cartoon. He spent a great deal of time on it and on all the
other drawings he submitted. Finally, the reply came from Disney Studios. He had
been rejected once again. Another loss for the loser.

So Sparky decided to write his own autobiography in cartoons. He described his
childhood self - a little boy loser and chronic underachiever. The cartoon character
would soon become famous worldwide. For Sparky, the boy who had such a lack of
success in school and whose work was rejected again and again, was Charles Schultz.
He created the "Peanuts" comic strip and the little cartoon character whose kite would
never fly and who never succeeded in kicking a football, Charlie Brown."

From Bits & Pieces
from Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul
Copyright 1997 by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen
and Kimberly Kirberger

I don't know how accurate this story is but I do like it.


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