The next project was written in the early eighty's by a young man named Ryan Madsen. His submission was presented at the Utah State History Fair. At the time he was a middle school student. He opened his piece with these words
My brothers and I have grown up with the books written by John D. Fitzgerald: These books took place eighty years ago, and yet my brothers and I began to feel as if we were the three Fitzgerald boys in the books. My brother Troy knew he was "The Great Brain" when the elementary school talked about double-promoting him; I was John. John D. Fitzgerald has had an influence on every young boy who read his books.A few years after Ryan's project an entire school immersed themselves in Fitzgerald's work. They created one of the most amazing projects and field trips I've ever heard of. Next week I will share their work with you.