LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. — As a kid, born in the midst of the Great Depressed, Harold Finch of Lee’s Summit hoped for the simple things.
Fast forward several decades and his life’s resume includes working as a NASA scientist and getting Johnson County Community College off the ground. Harold said he achieved these accomplishments for one main reason – he had a dream.
“Each person has a dream in their heart and most people take those dreams to their graves,” said Harold.
But now his latest accomplishment is beyond even his wildest dreams.
“It’s just another mountain to climb,” he said. “I’ve never made a movie. I don’t like to sit on achievement – I like to move on to new things so it was a learning experience for me, but it also gave me a venue that I could expand my story.”
At almost 80, Harold will see his story on the silver screen in “Unlimited,” an inspirational flick about the time he spent in the orphanages of Mexico and Venezuela.
“They’ve been told they’re losers, they’re going to become drug dealers and all of that and no one has hope for them, but Harold what he sees in them is pilots and nurses, doctors, professionals,” Harold said.
Harold sees that potential in everyone – be they the orphans he helped or the university students he now teaches in seminars around the world.
“I am driven to help people see themselves and achieve impossible dreams and to reach the potential that everyone has in them that is so much greater than most people begin to understand,” said Harold.
Harold knows this from his own experience. After all, he said, who would’ve thought the boy born during the Great Depression – too poor to go to the movies – would one day become the subject of one
After nearly three years of research and more than 20 different scripts, Unlimited is currently in post production. It should hit the big screen in the fall of 2013.