• "When you hear that a poor boy caught the world record, it gives you hope, " he says in perfect English.

    FORBES: Forbidden Bass

  • The ploy meshes with the cynical story that follows, of a poor boy with a Machiavellian streak who takes to heart an apprenticeship as a croupier in decadent Monte Carlo and becomes a first-class cardsharp.

    NEWYORKER: The Story of a Cheat

  • The Aquino camp questions Mr Villar's poor-boy-made-good story and suggests that he is being covertly backed by Mrs Arroyo.

    ECONOMIST: Anyone but Arroyo

  • Not bad for a poor farm boy from Idaho.

    ECONOMIST: Edwin P. Wilson

  • In childhood he was told by his father, Manuel, the story of the 20-year-old, dirt-poor farm boy named George Washington Perry who caught a 22.3 pound bass in Georgia in 1932, establishing the current record.

    FORBES: Forbidden Bass

  • Mr Villar's image is built on his description of himself as a boy from a poor family who worked hard and became a rich businessman.

    ECONOMIST: Anyone but Arroyo

  • The story is simple: a teen-age boy, Xu Yun, leaves his poor rural village in an obsessive quest to find his prodigal and newly prosperous father in the big city of Zigong.

    NEWYORKER: Taking Father Home

  • Affleck, in his best performance yet, plays a local boy who has fought his way out of a poor Irish neighborhood and has been living well beyond his hundred-and-sixty-thousand-dollar salary.

    NEWYORKER: The Company Men

  • For example, in Pakistan a 10 to 12 year old boy from a wealthy urban family is three times more likely to attend school than a girl from a poor family living in a rural area.

    UNESCO: EDUCATION

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