Meredith Grey Ackerly was born in New York City in 1916, son of millionaire Reginald Ackerly. As a child, Grey met his lifelong friend Warner Green, who worked for his father's company, Ackerly Printing House, as a book binder. While Grey attended college, Warner worked for the Ackerly family, eventually managing the printing house himslf in the late 30s under Grey's father.
During World War II, Grey joined the Navy Reserve to please his father, who had done the same during WWI. Grey served with the New York Naval Militia before finally volunteering for active duty.
Meredith's Place in the Timeline Edit
Grey's time in the military is where The Mountaineers think the timeline might have changed. Although Grey's role in the magiqal shift is unknown, he seemed to have communication with Warner, who was involved with the smuggling of supernatural artifacts from the SS.
In Phase Three, Deirdre Green received an email from Orvin Wallace, who had tracked down one of Warner's military correspondences with Grey. The content of the letter seemed to confirm Warner's involvement in the smuggling of supernatural materials.
In Wewelsburg at castle used for SS, cataloging many strange artifacts and manuscripts. Reich were writing their own mythology and this was center of their faith. Only just received word of your father's death and unexpected handing down of printing house. Did you know? Miss you terribly old friend. End in sight.
Founding Ackerly Green Edit
Home from the war in 1945, Warner learned that Reginald Ackerly, Grey’s father, had died and left him the reigns of the printing house, not Grey. Grey came back home to New York City years later, listless and grim, and found his old friend feeling the same. Grey wanted to do something grand, a venture that would take him out the shadow of his father’s accomplishments. Warner would leave Ackerly Printing House, and he and Grey would build a new company from nearly nothing. Warner would run the creative aspects of the company, and Grey would be the business head. Ackerly Green Publishing's doors opened in the fall of 1954.
Grey and Warner were equal partners, although they had differing views about what to publish. Grey wanted to follow the post-war culture. Darker stories, in both tone and content, serious literature, social commentary. Warner, on the other hand, wanted to give people something to take them away from the horrors of the previous ten years. Ultimately, in the current timeline, Grey won and Ackerly Green would go on to to publisher darker, thriller titles like The Wolf and the Wild and Through the Night.
Unfortunately, the company had little success. Their refusal to dive into the paperback pool didn’t help. They couldn’t get a foothold in the market. They refused to sacrifice quality, funneling their budget into a few talented authors, publishing a handful of books a year, hoping they could stay afloat until one of the books hit big. Another rumored cause for the flailing business was that Grey, traumatized by the war and the death of his spiteful father, had become a violent alcoholic. Determined to build this company on his own—like his father had before—he refused to solicit outside help from his moneyed peers.
As the company struggled to survive, Warner distanced himself to take care of his wife and new child. Eventually Warner struck a secret deal to go back to A&L Printing, leaving Grey behind. When Grey found out, it was the end of their friendship.
Life Post-Ackerly Green Edit
Grey was all but penniless and spiraling toward an early, alcohol-induced grave at this point. Then he met Annaleigh Price and she, against her wealthy, pedigreed family’s wishes, married Grey the same year Ackerly Green Publishing finally closed its doors in 1961. In 1962, the couple had a son they named James Ackerly Price, the future heir to the Price fortune. Grey had managed to save himself from ruin and secure his future, his immortality. His dreams would live on in James.
Grey died in 1981. His son, James, had one child, Reginald, who was stillborn. James died somewhere in France in the early 90s.