Tom or John? You Decide
Since the 1990s, when Fitzgerald Super Fans began hunting in earnest for their connections to “The Great Brain” the debate of who was “The Real Great Brain” began. Today you get to decide.
Team Tom –
By virtue of his brother’s writing, Tom has always held the title of “The Great Brain”. However, Tom’s youngest brother Gerald wrote to his niece Michele, “John was always the Great Brain.” If a family member says it, then it must be true. But, a neighbor, Elgin Grames, boldly asserted otherwise, stating, “Everyone knew him as “The Great Brain”.
Sunday night, I ran across information, I had missed in my research two decades earlier, I found Tom’s contribution to his High School Yearbook. In those words, I saw a different youth than I believed existed. Take a look.
Moreover – The following page held this.
Doesn’t that sound like our hero?
But wait, what about John?
Of course, John wrote the books. He traveled the world as a United Press reporter. Sold copious amounts of fiction to magazines. Plus, he graduated from High School a year early, in 1922 the same as his older brother and hero Tom. John’s contribution to the Carbon County High School Yearbook would be the Junior Class Ode.
No wonder a baby brother saw John as “The Great Brain.”