June 2, 2002

Timothy Matthew Welty: Artistic Visionary

When Timothy Matthew Welty was 15, he bought a junk car and surprised his father. "I go into the garage and he's got the car up on jacks and all the pieces lying around," said his father, Bill. "I say, `What the hell are you doing?' and he says, `Fixing the brakes.' I say, `You don't know how to fix brakes,' and he says, `I took the brakes apart and I remember how it goes. I'll put it back together.' "

It was a turning point in their relationship, said his father, a college professor. He realized that his son "had a kind of intelligence that I don't have."

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