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An interesting Paul Harvey true story

Here is a true story by Paul Harvey. Pass it to anyone who you think
would find it interesting and inspiring. You will be surprised who this
young man turned out to be.

(Do not look at the bottom if this letter until you have read it fully.)

Years ago a hardworking man took his family from New York State to
Australia to take advantage of a work opportunity there. Part of this man's
family was A handsome young son who had aspirations of joining the circus
as a trapeze artist or an actor. This young fellow, biding his time until a
circus job or even one as a stagehand came along, worked the local
shipyards which bordered on the worse section of town.

Walking home from work one evening this young man was attacked by five
thugs who wanted to rob him. Instead of just giving up his money the young
fellow resisted. However they bested him easily and proceeded to beat him
to a pulp. They mashed his face with their boots, and kicked and beat his
body. The police happened to find him lying in the road, they assumed he
was dead and called for the Morgue Wagon.

On the way to the morgue a policeman heard him gasp for air, and they
immediately took him to the emergency unit at the hospital. When he was
placed on a gurney a nurse remarked to her horror, that his young man no
longer had a face. Each eye socket was smashed, his skull, legs, and arms
fractured, his nose literally hanging from his face, all is teeth were
gone, and his jaw was almost completely torn from his skull.

Although his life was spared he spent over a year in the hospital. When
he finally left, his body may have healed but his face was disgusting to
look at. He was no longer the handsome youth that everyone admired.

When the young man started to look for work again he was turned down by
everyone just on account of the way he looked. One potential employer
suggested to him that he join the freak show at the circus as The Man Who
Had No Face. And he did this for a while. He was still rejected by everyone
and no one wanted to be seen in his company. He had thoughts of suicide.

This went on for five years. One day he passed a church and sought some
solace there. Entering the church he encountered a priest who had saw him
sobbing while kneeling in a pew. The priest took pity on him and took him
to the rectory where they talked at length. The priest was impressed with
him to such a
degree that he said that he would do everything possible for him that
could be done to restore his dignity and life, if the young man would
promise to be the best Catholic he could be, and trust in God's mercy to
free him from his torturous life. The young man went to Mass and communion
every day, and after thanking God for saving his life, asked God to only
give him
peace of mind and the grace to be he best man he could ever be in His

The priest, through his personal contacts was able to secure the services
of the best plastic surgeon in Australia. They would be no cost to the
young man, as the doctor was the priest's best friend. The doctor too was
so impressed by the young man, whose outlook now on life, even though he
had experienced the worse was filled with good humor and

The surgery was a miraculous success. All the best dental work was also
done for him. The young man became everything he promised God he would be.
He was also blessed with a wonderful, beautiful wife, and many children,
and success in an industry which would have been the furthest thing from
his mind as a career if not for the goodness of God and the love of the
people who cared for him. This he acknowledges publicly.

The young man was, and is...........Mel Gibson.

His life was the inspiration for his production of the movie "The Man
Without A Face." He is to be admired by all of us as a God fearing man, a
political conservative, and an example to all as a true man of courage.

And to think I admired him before I knew any of this! He is quite a man!

Paul Harvey

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I had a feeling it was Mel Gibson! :)

Thanks for sharing that story.

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my mind went to mel gibson too because of the movie he did, Man with OUt a face.

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Sorry, this is a hoax.

Here's the link to snopes

Origins: This
is a piece too inane even for glurgemeister Paul Harvey. Suffice it to say that someone has taken the framework of Mel Gibson's biography and built upon it a touching but completely fictitious house of glurge.

Mel Gibson's father did move his family from New York to Sydney, Australia, when Mel was 12, but the similarities between this piece and Mel's real life end there. Young Mel wasn't dreaming of "joining the circus as a trapeze artist"; he was a Catholic high school student mulling over the possibilities of becoming a chef or a journalist who ended up enrolling in the University of New South Wales' National Institute of Dramatic Art. Young Mel had a role in the low-budget film Summer City while still a student and then appeared in a number of productions with the State Theatre Company of South Australia before the lucky break that catapulted him to stardom: being chosen for the lead role in George Miller's action film Mad Max.

A little bit of truth sneaks into the story at this point. The night before his Mad Max audition, Gibson reportedly came in a poor second in a barroom brawl, ending up with a face "like a busted grapefruit." He then had to audition for the Mad Max role with a bruised, swollen, discolored, and freshly stitched face -- an appearance that, legend has it, helped win over producers who wanted someone weathered and rough-looking to take the part. The beating Gibson received did not, however, leave him with "smashed eye sockets," fracture his "skull, legs, and arms," result in the loss of "all his teeth" or a nose that was "hanging from his face" or a "jaw almost completely torn from his skull." He didn't spend "over a year in the hospital," nor did five years pass with Mel in agony before "plastic surgery restored his looks." His face got smashed up a bit, he required a few stitches to close some open cuts, and a few weeks later he was good as new.

Mel Gibson did direct and star in The Man Without a Face, a 1993 film about a man who became a recluse after his face was disfigured in an automobile accident, but the movie was based upon a novel by Isabelle Holland, not Mel Gibson's life.

Many of our readers have sworn to us they heard Paul Harvey recite this piece, exactly as reproduced above, on one of his broadcasts. He did offer a "Rest of the Story" segment about Mel Gibson on 24 June 2000, and it was a typically (for Paul Harvey) exaggerated version of the truth, but it didn't come close to the glurge reproduced here. What Paul Harvey said, verbatim, was this:

In all his years as a cop, Ollie Gerrick had never seen a beating case like the one before him. The boy's face was smashed in. His partner say he wouldn't survive. The ambulance arrived and took him to the hospital and when he came to, the doctors told him the rest of the story. He was in the hospital and then he remembered that night in the bar. It was late the next night that the young man remembered he had an important appointment. He realized it was tomorrow. He struggled to get out of bed but the nurse restrained him. The next morning, he got out of bed and looked in the mirror and he didn't recognize himself. Nevertheless, he went on to the job interview. Despite the bar fight in October of 1977. He showed up for a role in a movie and the producers were looking for someone unknown who was really tough looking. He got the role they were casting for. They were looking for someone to play the rugged role of Mad Max and this Australian with the beaten up face went on to become one of our best modern-day actors. We know him as Mel Gibson, and now you know the rest of the story.
And now you know . . . the real story.

Last updated: 9 October 2000

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