Alabama man turns 112, still spends days drawing

There are 8 comments on the Jul 20, 2008, Santa Cruz Sentinel story titled Alabama man turns 112, still spends days drawing. In it, Santa Cruz Sentinel reports that:

Bent over or sitting at a table, gripping a ballpoint pen, marker or crayon, Frank Calloway spends his days turning visions from his youth into lively murals - and at 112 years old, the images of his childhood ...

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L Josserand

Brevard, NC

#1 Jul 20, 2008
That's a fascinating story. However, I can't help but wonder exactly how such a man ended up in a state institution for well over half a century. Is there no record regarding his "commitment"? And notice how his keepers hide behind "patient privacy" when asked details about his "illness".
Most galling though was the point where it's revealed that any money from the sale of his paintings (said earlier to be in the thousands of dollars) "will go to the state" after his death. Good lord! Is this the best Ms. Zondra Hutto can do for the poor man! Give his money to the state bureaucracy that housed (imprisoned[?]) him all those years (minus her fees). Is this the sort of "estate planning" that Ms. Hutto uses with her other clients? Did she ever think to ask about Mr. Calloway's wishes? Perhaps he would rather give his money to a more reputable beneficiary...
me in st paul

Saint Paul, MN

#2 Jul 20, 2008
Interesting story. At 112 he''s now showing signs of dementia? that's amazing. My guess he hasn't been doped up on psychotropics his whole life or he wouldn't have lived this long. Sure would have been nice to have a link to his art.

“Pull ur pants up! Crack kills”

Since: Jun 08

God bless the USA-Hanover

#3 Jul 20, 2008
I agree this is an interesting story.I to would have loved to see a picture of the beautiful art work that is described.I wonder if he thinks about how much this world has changed since he was little. Like for good and bad. I wonder if he is dissapointed in they way society has changed in general.I would find it interesting to hear what it was like with dirt roads,school houses,transportaion,clothes,e ct while he was growing up compared to the advances of today.We could learn some good history from this gentleman.I wish him the best of everyday.

“I am right.”

Since: Feb 08

Pearl. MS

#4 Jul 21, 2008
Good to hear a nice story like this. I, too, would like to see a link to his art.

“where it all comes together”

Since: Apr 08

Santa Cruz, California

#5 Jul 21, 2008
Piece of my mind wrote:
I agree this is an interesting story.I to would have loved to see a picture of the beautiful art work that is described. I wonder if he thinks about how much this world has changed since he was little. Like for good and bad. I wonder if he is dissapointed in they way society has changed in general. I would find it interesting to hear what it was like with dirt roads,school houses,transportaion,clothes,e ct while he was growing up compared to the advances of today.We could learn some good history from this gentleman.I wish him the best of everyday.
It does appear he offers us a window on the past. I grew up in Alabama, from an old family, and I do believe I am one of the few people left who has any idea what the world and people were like back then, and how they lived, and what has been lost.
Web Surfer

Chico, CA

#6 Jul 21, 2008
Here's some photos of Frank, and some of his art, too:

http://www.al.com/birminghamnews/photos/galle...

“Pull ur pants up! Crack kills”

Since: Jun 08

God bless the USA-Hanover

#7 Jul 21, 2008
Web Surfer wrote:
Here's some photos of Frank, and some of his art, too:
http://www.al.com/birminghamnews/photos/galle...
Thank You SO Much! What a great way to lift your spirit!He looks so adorable and his drawings are amazing for being 112 yearsold. God bless him!
Again Thank You!

“blank stare...what? Huh?”

Since: Jul 08

Chico, Ca

#8 Jul 22, 2008
I really liked his artwork. The colorful trucks from his memory of how he saw things in 1910 were just amazing. I loved his smile too

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