Tuskegee Airmen: Legacy of Courage

In true Frank fashion, he worked to the very end. In the month prior to his passing, at the age of 97 Frank did more in three weeks than many do in a decade. For those of you who knew Frank, you know there were no excuses. He could no longer walk, but he was not to be stopped and he was going to look good doing it. If he could help a student or share history, he would do just that. 

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Tuskegee Airman tells the tale of his flight through history | FOX31 Denver

BROOMFIELD, Colo. —  A 95-year-old Tuskegee Airman from Colorado Springs has just published his very first book.  “Once our world war two veterans have moved on and passed on their history goes with them,” WWII historian Greg Kyle told FOX31.  Frank Macon was recently interviewed by Fox31 Denver News.  Click on the links to watch the interview.  Source: Tuskegee Airman tells the tale of his flight through history | FOX31 Denver

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1930s Passenger Train

Travel By Train

What was it like to travel in the 1930s for Frank and others? Though the early years of the thirties saw horrible unemployment, sometimes as high as 25%, according to US government documents of the 1930s, train travel was not too expensive for many families. From the 1890s, traveling by train was fairly expensive, but in the 20s prices were becoming lower. In 1933, there was a sudden drop in fare prices. Carriers were allowed to compete for business and many fares dropped to between one and two cents per mile. All costs considered, this was still thought to be more expensive than traveling by car, but only if there were four or more passengers in the automobile.

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Franklin Macon and Elizabeth Harper

Fridays with Frank!

When your dream becomes a reality, it’s a BIG day! Franklin Macon, Original Documented Tuskegee Airman, and Elizabeth Harper crossed paths in what would become a wonderful friendship and history making opportunity for both of them. They met years ago in passing. Later, thanks to dear friends Chris and Cindy Knapp, they met again. Frank always tinkered at Bo Steal Chris’s metal shop. During Chris and Cindy’s anniversary dinner, Liz asked how Frank was doing. Chris responded, “He’s great. His 92nd Birthday is coming up, and I’d love to get him in the air again.” Liz thought, “We live at the United State Air Force Academy, somehow we should be able to make this happen.”

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Franklin Macon Prohibition Blog

Colorado Springs and Prohibition

Frank mentions prohibition several times in his book, so what was it? Growing up in Colorado Springs, Frank had a unique experience when it came to the prohibition of alcohol. Long before Frank came along, the town had no legal alcohol. From the founding of Colorado Springs in 1872, it was illegal to sell a drop. This is attributed to the Quaker beliefs of the city founder Gen. William Jackson Palmer. Eventually Colorado became one of the first dry states in 1916. It was almost fifty years after the prohibition of alcohol in Colorado Springs when, in 1919, the 18th Amendment was ratified, making the manufacture, transportation, and sale of intoxicating liquors illegal throughout the US.

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Franklin Macon Christmas Blog

Do It Yourself Christmas

How did Frank celebrate Christmas when he was a child? During the holiday season, Deanna Dyekman, one of our writing partners, sat down with Frank to ask him about his holiday memories. He laughed and described it as a, do it yourself Christmas! What types of Christmas toys did you receive each year? Frank remembers a Christmas when he was nine or so. He enjoyed a pretty fine train, but he thinks his aunts probably weren’t too pleased.

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Curious Frank

You’ve heard of Curious George before, well that’s how Frank was as a child and still is today! Frank says he always wanted to learn how things worked. How clocks ticked. How airplanes flew. He wasn’t so keen on learning to read or simple math. Those concepts were hard for him, he didn’t know why at the time, but he learned as an adult that he had dyslexia. Words and numbers jumped around on the paper. That’s why taking items apart and putting them back together is so much easier for Frank. Physical pieces and parts couldn’t move around in his mind.

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Frank’s Mama Was a Great Cook!

“It was the depression, but we always had food.” Frank says proudly. His great aunt who he called Mama was a tremendous cook. She was so good, she became a local cateress. That’s what Franks says. Mama didn’t work for the local butcher, but she was always asked for tips. Mama knew how to prepare venison, rabbit, squirrel, and other wild game. Mama could take the “dog” meat, which meant the bones left at the butchers and make a delightful soup dinner. When Mama would make potato pancakes for Franklin and Ol’ Man Loper, they were as Frank says, “In tall cotton.”

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