A pivotal moment in his life occurred, after a sales call to a San Francisco General Hospital , when he encountered an impeccably dressed man in a red Ferrari. Triplett's fits of rage made both Gardner and his sisters constantly afraid. By then, he was earning a small salary and was able to afford rooming in a flophouse. He willingly accepted sole custody of his child; however, the rooming house where he lived did not allow children. After three years of marriage to Sherry, he left her to move in with Jackie and to prepare for fatherhood. In the film, "happiness" is misspelled as "happyness" outside the daycare facility Gardner's son attends. With a higher income from his new job, Gardner was able to save enough money to travel to Monroe, Louisiana , where he and his son met his own father, Turner, for the first time. Christopher Paul Gardner born February 9, is an American businessman and motivational speaker.