Member of the Silver Stringers
Contributor to the Melrose Mirror
Freeman Thurston Frank, the fourth of eight children, was born in 1931, in a one-room country school, at East Vassalboro, Maine, and raised, in the towns of Minot and Poland. He worked his way through high school (Auburnís Edward Little) and Boston University, did a two-year stretch in the US Army during the Korean War, and for 37 years taught history and coached debating in Massachusetts secondary schools.
He has been a farm-hand, janitor, woodchopper, dish-washer, waiter, bartender, truck driver (bakery, milk, beverage, ice) wallpaperer, house painter, carpenter-rough, and, briefly (in 1953), reporter for The Lewiston (Maine) Evening Journal.
Retired since 1992, he and Sally (Wallace), his wife of 49 years, live in Malden, Massachusetts, near their two sons, Calvin and Adam, and three grandchildren.
For enjoyment only, he writes essays and short stories, about 1950ís life in small-town Maine and greater Boston--all true, with some names and places changed for the usual reasons.
He has been president of both the Massachusetts and the New England speech-drama-debate associations. And, ranked Third in New England by the American Checker Federation, he has served as its District 1, New England director since 1999.
He takes much pride in being descended from a long line of liberals, including great-grandfathers, "boys in blue," during the Civil War. While active in local, Melrose, Mass., Democratic Party politics, he considers himself one of the last of the Abolitionists, whose cause "we have just barely begun to win."
September 29, 2006