Chris Barnes was a child actor. His biggest role was playing Tanner in The Bad News Bears when he was ten. He was an unknown and was paid accordingly; he received a little over three thousand dollars for the movie.
In accordance with California laws about child actors, 25% of the money had to be set aside for him to claim when he was an adult. His family bought some savings bonds.
Barnes stopped acting when he was a teenager. And when he reached adulthood, apparently the family had forgotten about the bonds. Barnes was thirty-three when he got a call from a court clerk’s office telling him they had been going through some old records and found a bunch of savings bonds in his name.