Will a Son Also Rise?

"The girls get married and change their names," says Ruth Graham, "but the boys are stuck with Graham." Franklin (William Franklin III), 41, and Ned (Nelson Edman), 35, caused their parents anguish in their rebellious search for what Ruth calls "their own identities." But now that their period of rebellion is over, the question is whether one might reprise his father's role when Billy passes from the evangelical scene.

Starting in high school, Ned confesses, he became "infatuated with the drug subculture," using marijuana, LSD and mescaline. "When you're the child of a famous person," says Franklin, who had his own...

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