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Gregory Peck in Second Grade

Once you see something it's easy to see it, and it's tough to forget how hard it was to see it in the first place.

I thought my “Find the Future Movie Star” post was easy, for example, because, once I knew, my eyes always went right to this kid, and he looked a lot like his future movie-star self.

But I linked to the post via Facebook and immediately got the following guesses:

  • Jack Nicholson, bottom row
  • Jimmy Stewart, middle?
  • James Cagney, first row, third from left
  • Marilyn Monroe, somewhere
  • Clint Eastwood, front row, third from left
  • Jack Nicholson, second row, far right
  • Clark Gable, back row, first on left
  • Spencer Tracy, third row middle
  • John Wayne? Up towards the top? Blondie?
  • Got it. Paul Newman.
  • Gary Cooper, top left for the block

Eventually Sasha Stone of Awards Daily got it. It's Gregory Peck. (Click on pic for bigger version.)

Gregory Peck in second grade, La Jolla, Calif.

Sasha guessed wrong several times, too, but once she saw it she really saw it. “He looks the same!!” she wrote. My friend Colleen added, “Lots of little boys scowling, but not Peck!” Peck's good boy, I guess.

It is startling. Everyone around him looks like one of the dead-end kids, and there he is in the back row, about the handsomest second-grader ever.

Posted at 10:07 AM on Wed. Apr 24, 2013 in category Movies  


Reed wrote:

I was going to go through all the actors born in San Francisco in the early part of the 20th century. Glad I didn't do that because Peck is not on the list! (At least not on Wikipedia) So I must ask. What does SF mean in the bottom left corner?

Comment posted on Wed. Apr 24, 2013 at 11:09 AM

Erik wrote:

Good question. But I do know the school was in La Jolla, Calif.

Comment posted on Wed. Apr 24, 2013 at 11:41 AM

Mister B wrote:

Doing a bit of Google research, it looks like “251 Post” might refer to an address in San Francisco. The address now houses several art galleries and a photography studio (Bernard Photography).

According to this link for property info for the address:

The building was erected in 1908.

What do you think? I can't find any information on “TCW Co.” though.

Comment posted on Fri. Apr 26, 2013 at 01:45 AM
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