Pearl Grey

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Pearl Grey was born in Ohio back in 1872 to Lewis and Alice.  Like me at an early age he was fascinated by history.  His father was abusive to Pearl, which caused him to frequently be engaged in brawls.  He did find comfort by finding a father substitute by the name of Muddy Miser. 

He attended the University of Pennsylvania on a baseball scholarship, graduating with a degree in dentistry in 1896. After graduation, he set up practice in New York City.  He moved to California in 1918.  Because of his father’s abuse he struggled with bouts of depression, anger and mood swings for the rest of his life.  His love was fishing and exploring taking copious notes about both. 

Pearl died of heart failure in 1939.  So, if you haven’t figured it out by now or haven’t heard of Pearl, what about if I add his middle name Zane. Yep, this is who I’m writing about today, Zane Grey. 

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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray this was Pearl Grey during college:

Zane Grey - Wikipedia

May 04, 2020 03:55 AM #1
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Had me on this one all the way to his middle name. Enjoy your day!

May 04, 2020 04:45 AM #2
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

I also did not have it until the middle name.

I have read all his books.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

May 04, 2020 04:54 AM #3
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - I wasn't aware of this history so thank you for sharing it.  

May 04, 2020 05:34 AM #4
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

He liked fishing as much as baseball. A spunky lad to say the least.

May 04, 2020 05:43 AM #5
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for sharing this interesting story.

Have an outstanding week.

May 04, 2020 06:45 AM #6
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Muddy Miser is an interesting name, I am wondering if that was his real name or a nickname?

May 04, 2020 08:22 AM #7
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

Thanks for sharing, I did not even know we had colleges that gave out baseball scholarships in the 1890s.

May 04, 2020 08:30 AM #8
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

James, finally, someone I have heard of, and very interesting story this morning.

May 04, 2020 08:47 AM #9
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

I've heard of Zane Grey... but can't say I know much about him. Starting out life with a name like Pearl is abuse in and of itself if you ask me, James.

May 04, 2020 08:49 AM #10
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I have heard of Zane Grey.  I recall reading some of his books in high school and later in college.  A

May 04, 2020 09:45 AM #11
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

HI James- amazing at what Zane Grey accomplished in spite of an abusive father. Dentistry, baseball and fishing. 

May 04, 2020 11:45 AM #12
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

I've never been a fan of any one sprots figure even though I love sports. Sports heros have feet of clay just like the rest of us. I still have no idea what made him famous but I still appreciate the post James Dray 

May 04, 2020 01:16 PM #13
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I've never been a big baseball fan except for the Seattle Mariners; that being said, I do appreciate The Oldtimers...

happy  James Dray 

May 04, 2020 03:56 PM #14
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi James,  Thanks for sharing this information about Zane Grey.  I just remember him as an author.

May 04, 2020 05:47 PM #15
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray,

Zane Grey is part of Sedona Folklore.  He wrote "Call of the Wild" in 1918 while staying in Oak Creek Canyon right outside of Sedona.  He came back in 1923 and filmed the silent movie version and this opened the flood gates to Hollywood to make movies here. I should write a blog!

May 04, 2020 05:49 PM #16
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi James:

Well I had no clue until the punch line - certainly familiar with that name! It was fun to read what Sheri Sperry - MCNE® had to say!!


May 04, 2020 08:12 PM #17
Barbara Tattersall
Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan (Keene,NH) - Keene, NH

I believe Jack London wrote Call of the Wild.  Zane Grey had a very interesting life, managing in spite of his father.  I hope his accomplishments brought him some satisfaction.

May 05, 2020 02:47 AM #18
MichelleCherie Carr Crowe Just Call...408-252-8900
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years

Wow, thank you James. Zane Grey was one of my grandmother's favorite authors.

May 05, 2020 02:25 PM #19
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