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2013 repost: June and Emily want to know what happened to the boy who modeled Cory.
This is an easy answer. The boy who modeled Cory is my son, Ryan. He was fourteen years old when he modeled Cory on the Trouble with Treasure cover, the same age as Cory in the story. Ryan was also homeschooled. When I needed “Cory,” I made a deal with Ryan. He wanted to let his hair grow out for the summer. I said, “Okay, what about this? I need a Cory, and you look like him–blond, etc. If you wear a pair of overalls and model with Jessica (Andi), you can let your hair grow as long as you like.”
He agreed, and I had my “Cory.” He later went on to community college, got a job, but then got bored with it. So he thought he’d join the Air Force. Here he is in the Air Force. He was stationed at Lakenheath AFB in England, far from home. It was a hard two years. Poor “Cory” (AKA Ryan) developed something called Meniere’s Disease, an inner ear illness that makes you deaf in one ear, dizzy, sick, and ringing in your ear. He could not be deployed or even carry a weapon any longer.
Like the apostle Paul’s “thorn in the flesh,” Ryan will always have it. But he got a nice medical discharge from the Air Force after two years and eight years later he got his computer degree and bought property next to ours where he built a house in the Okanogan Highlands of WA state. (aka the middle of nowhere). His Meniere’s is in remission.
And what about the Cory of the Circle C books? I know exactly what happened to him. You can read about his adventures in “Auld Lang Syne,” which is the first story of the new book Stranger in the Glade, More Tales from Memory Creek Ranch, that came out not long ago.