A handle is all. In the late '60s there was a fledgling movement toward basic descriptions, I suppose in protest of 7451 name-brand bigotry. So we just said *thecar* *thepants* *theshirt* *theburger* very deliberately. It was the new cool. A girl we called Jello looked to me one time and said *thefrank* and everyone got a kick out of it. So I started signing my paintings that way. Then there was the music. That really was a long time ago...and people have called me some other things since then.
Actually it was Hoyt Axton who said that in a Pizza Hut commercial. I just repeat it. Its true.
*Time is simply a device that keeps everything from happening all at once.* I believe that was mine. If somebody else said it first, I don't know about it. *Space is the device to keep everything from happening in the same place.* That one too.
Actually it was twice. Community theatre. I enjoyed the experience and encourage others to make the effort.
Was I any good? You would need to ask Louis.
That was the last four of the tail number on the second presidential plane. The plane required so much security it was nicknamed *The Sacred Cow*. Thus 7451 came to represent that phrase in conversation and text. Esoteric, huh.
I made a bad deal and now someone else owns it. Give me money and I'll buy it back. Then give you one...or two maybe.
We get many cases of (generic) Eggos. And an array of toasters. Toast the Eggos. When they pop out all nice and warm we shellac them and sprinkle them with sand. Glue them to a little wood plaque and sell them for big bucks at the airport.
The San Diego airport.
Now I am thinking that we make mufflers. For lawn mowers. Tune them up to sound like Harleys. Any saturday the subburbs sound like Sturgis or something. Guys would pay $100 apiece to have their Briggs & Stratton sound like a Shovelhead. Millions for sure.
But that's not the real money. New Harley mufflers. No biker dude wants his scooter to sound like a lawn mower. They would pay a thousand dollars a piece to change that. And we get to decide what they're gonna sound like next. Quiet I think...why not.
That was another Frank. Same exact name. When I met him he was living in Dallas. He was visiting in Tulsa and called me to show me a puzzle he had designed. It happened to be the evening of my anniverary and we had lots of friends over, but I told him come on over. When he showed me his puzzle I grabbed him and left the party to take him down to the shop. The prototype I had just finished for our next release used exactly the same colors as he had used for his puzzle. Exactly the same shades. Identical. I wanted him to know what I had already done so there would be no confusion about who did what when. I never saw his puzzle on the shelves, but it was a good one. He had done the Pente board on the cheap and in a hurry, and wasn't particularly proud of it but Gary sure liked it.
I talked to him a few times on the phone. IBM had just published The Fractal Geometry Of Nature for him so I called. I sent him an ICO game and called him back for feedback. He said he liked it and kept it right on his desk at home in his study. Argued with me about the rulebook. I had to call him back after a couple weeks to tell him I realized he was right. He helped me a lot.
Yes. In fact, over the last few years there has been a rash of activity in that direction. Thanks to the web, I have received many emails from folks who played ICO as long as twenty years ago, usually in school. We have made a preliminary new release that we call the *ICO Revival* set, designed for limited distribution while the new product is being manufactured.