Darius Quinton Coleman, Boy Genius

  • Chapter One

  • Darius Quinton Coleman

    My mom figured out she had a problem on her hands when I was three.

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  • She was taking a nap on the couch.

  • I was supposed to be taking a nap in my room.

  • I found a screwdriver in the hall closet upstairs and took apart the safety gate at the top of our stairs.

  • Then I went downstairs and dragged a stool across the kitchen floor, climbed up on it, and ate all the cookies she had hidden in the cupboard.

  • When I was four, I took apart the TV.

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    When I was five, I put it back together.

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  • When I was six, I was already making money by fixing fans, radios, and clocks for adults.

  • What I can't do, at least not very well, is read.

  • I can look at a machine and then go home and draw every part of it, from memory.

  • But don't ask me to read the instruction book about how to use it, because I won't remember a word of it.

  • I'll figure that out by doing it.

  • Darius Quinton Coleman

    My parents say I'm just like my great-grandfather, Darius Quinton, the first black aviator on Long Island.

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  • Back in 1916 he built his own airplane, and flew it.

  • He also invented all kinds of crazy machines.

  • He left behind a lab filled with his drawings, his machines, and his airplane.

  • I inherited all of it.

  • I also inherited his name.

  • Darius Quinton Coleman

    I'm Darius Quinton Coleman.

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