Larry Selman had a lot of strikes against him from the start. Weighing just three pounds at birth, doctors thought he wouldn't survive. In high school, he was identified as being developmentally handicapped and dropped out after a teacher told him that he wasn't capable of earning a diploma. The best job he could get was working as a laborer for the city parks department. After the death of his parents and a benevolent uncle who'd helped him financially, he struggled to live on his own in a small apartment in New York City's Greenwich Village.
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