National Geographic : 1990 May
Pedro: on the pathto manhood pproaching a cave in Scho harie County, New York, 200 miles north of el barrio, 15-year-old Pedro Tirado matches strides with unof ficial big brother Barry Greene. "There's no cave he can't han dle," says Barry, a Bronx real estate investor who befriended Pedro eight years ago. For Pedro, who's been in perhaps a hundred caves, "seeing fossils and animals is the best part." Curiosity served Pedro well in elementary school, from which he graduated in above-ground attire (above), and led to his meeting Barry, then an instructor at a local pool. "He pestered me to show him my flippers and mask," says Barry. "He had this spark you don't see very often."