Poor old Les Brown. His mother gave birth to him and his twin brother on the floor of an abandoned building, and when the boys were just 6 weeks old she gave them up for adoption.
The woman who took them in—Mrs. Mamie Brown—was a poor single woman living in Liberty City, a low-income section of Miami, Fla.
In the fifth grade, Brown was labeled “educably mentally retarded” and sent back to the fourth grade. Just for good measure, he also failed the eighth grade.