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>From Paul Harvey:
The rest of the story

Years ago a hardworking man took his family from New York State to
to take advantage of a work opportunity there. Part of this man's family
a handsome young son who had aspirations of joining the circus as a trapeze
artist or an actor.  This young fellow, biding his time until  a circus job
or even one as a stagehand came along, worked at the local shipyards which
bordered on the worse section of town.

Walking home from work one evening this young man was attacked by five
who wanted to rob him.  Instead of just giving up his money the young
resisted. However they bested him easily and proceeded to beat him to a
pulp.  They mashed his face with their boots, and kicked and beat his body
with clubs, leaving him for dead.

When the police happened to find him lying in the road they assumed he was
dead and called for the Morgue Wagon.  On the way to the morgue a policeman
heard him gasp for air, and the  immediately took him to the emergency unit
at the hospital.  When he was placed on a gurney a nurse remarked to her
horror, that this young man no longer had a face.  Each eye socket was
smashed, his skull, legs, and arms fractured, his nose literally hanging
from his face, all his teeth were gone, and his jaw was almost completely
torn from his skull.

Although his life was spared he spent over a year in the hospital. When he
finally left his body may have healed but his face was disgusting to look
at.  He was no longer the handsome youth that everyone admired.  When the
young man started to look for work again he was turned down by everyone
just on account of the way he looked.  One potential employer suggested to
him that he join the freak show at the circus as The Man Who Had No Face.
And he did this for a while.  He was still rejected by  everyone and no one
wanted to be seen in his company.  He had thoughts of suicide.
This went on for five years.

One day he passed a church and sought some solace there.  Entering the
church he encountered a priest who had saw him sobbing while kneeling in a
pew.  The priest took pity on him and took him to the rectory where they
talked at length.  The priest was impressed with him to such a degree that
he said that he would do everything possible for him that could be done to
restore his dignity and life, if the young man would promise to be the best
Catholic he could be, and trust in God's mercy to free him from his
torturous life.

The young man went to Mass and communion every day, and after thanking God
for saving his life, asked God to only give him peace of mind and the grace
to be the best man he could ever be in His eyes.

The priest, through his personal contacts was able to secure the services
of the best plastic surgeon in Australia.  There would be no cost to the
young man, as the doctor was the priest's best friend. The doctor too was
so impressed by the young man, whose outlook now on life, even though he
had experienced the worst was filled with good humor and love.

The surgery was a miraculous success.  All the best dental work was also
done for him.  The young man became everything he promised God he would be.
He was also blessed with a wonderful, beautiful wife, and many children,
and success in an industry which would have been the furthest thing from
his mind as a career if not for the goodness of God and the love of the
people who cared for him.  This he acknowledges publicly.

The young man ??????????

                              Mel Gibson.

His life was the inspiration for his production of the movie "The Man
Without A Face."  He is to be admired by all of us as a God fearing man, a
political conservative, and an example to all as a true man of courage.

>>> DelliesTM(--nospam--at) 08/24/00 08:10AM >>>
As a huge fan of Mel Gibson, I know he IS NOT originally from Australia's the stats:

Birthplace: Peekskill, N.Y. 
Birthdate: 1/3/56 
Education: University of New South Wales 

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