The Pursuit of Happyness

The story of Chris Gardner.

Chris Gardner and his downfall.

  • Chris Gardner, as a young adult, invested all of his money into bone density scanners.
  • Unable to sell enough of these to keep his family financially stable, he is scraping up every single penny he can to make ends meat to keep his family housed and fed.
  • Unhappy with the way things were going, his wife leaves him and his son.

2006 - The Pursuit of Happyness was released by Relativity Media and Overbrook Entertainment.

Will Smith takes on the role of the young adult life of Chris Gardner in this film. It portrays the hardships that Gardner went through as a young adult, struggling to take care of his young son, Christopher. He ends up being evicted from his home because of not being able to afford the rent of his home. The family of two, Gardner and his son, end up hotel hopping and eventually being kicked out of the hotels, too. They end up with no where to turn.

Life today in America is just like this for thousands upon thousands of people. Homelessness in America today is becoming a serious epidemic.

An Overview on Chris Gardner

Christopher Gardner was born on February 9, 1954, the second child of Bettye Jean Gardner. He grew up in a broken home, his biological father in Louisiana during his birth, and his step father, Freddie Triplett, was extremely abusive to him and his siblings. Bettye Jean was falsely imprisoned for because accused of welfare fraud, by Freddie Triplett, putting the children in foster care. After she got custody of her children once more, she was imprisoned a second time, convicted for attempted murder for attempting to burn the house down while Triplett was inside.

June 8, 1977- Chris married Sherry Dyson. Their marriage began failing whenever he mentioned wanting to abandon his dream of becoming a doctor. Their son Christopher Jr. was born on January 28, 1981. This gave their marriage some hope. Gardner's job as a research lab assistant was only making his family $8,000 per year. Definitely not enough for his family to live off of. After a few months of job searching, he landed a job as a medical equipment salesman.

After some time working as a salesman, he had saved up enough money to take him and his son to Louisiana to meet his father for the first time.

A very pivotal moment in Gardner's life occured during a salescall at the San Francisco General Hospital whenever Gardner saw a very well-dressed man, later finding out his name was Bob Bridges, step out of a Red Ferrari. Gardner asked the man what he did for a living and the man told him he was a stockbroker. It was at this time that Gardner really knew what he wanted to do with his life.

For two months, his car collected parking tickets upon parking tickets upon parking tickets. After some time, Gardner was arrested for having over $1,200 in parking tickets. He was arrested and made to serve ten days in jail.

Gardner returned from jail to an empty apartment. With no experience, no college education, virtually no connections, amd wearing the same thing he had been wearing ten days earlier- he gained an unpaid, training position in Dean Witter Reynolds' stock brokerage program. He made around $300/$400 per month selling left over medical equipment. He was unable to meet his living expenses. Living him and his son, Christopher, homeless.

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Phil Collins - Another Day In Paradise

Phil Collins - Another Day in Paradise

During his career as a solo artist, Phil Collins wrote this song to directly call out and show what an epidemic homelessness is. Collins points out that people pretty much see a homeless person and walk right by them, without giving them the light of day. As if they were embarrassed that a homeless person, that they didn't even know, was trying to associate with them. In the song, Collins references to God, asking what he could do, and what he could say to get these people to understand that it isn't their position to be emarrassed. That these people should be doing all they can to help the homeless. This song won Collins a Grammy for the Record of the Year at the 1991 Grammys Ceremony.