National Affairs: Airborne Stowaway

Every now & then the logic of it all was overpowering. Suppose he did have to settle for a small part in a western movie at first? Wouldn't they spot Artie Biggs for a surefire Roy Rogers when they saw his lightning draw and heard him sing the way he sang at Manhattan's St. Vincent Ferrer's school? Why should a kid with his talents stew through fourth grade, take Skippy and Lady out for their walks every night and waste away his life in a 66th Street flat—when Hollywood was right there, waiting?

Three times—by foot, subway and train —Artie Biggs, a...

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