Lisa G reported that she'd recently talked with one of Richard Christy's grade school teachers: "He said Richard was very slow. Not dumb. Just slow."
When the other children would run out for recess, Richard would stroll outside at his own pace. Lisa said Richard also was the drummer in a grade school band: "They used to practice inside the hog barn, with hog shit all around."
Howard thought the story sounded accurate, noting that Richard's childhood nickname was Richard 'Slow' Christy. Seriously--no joke. Dude was 'Slow' to his friends.