Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Bentleyville Day 4
This one is my grandfather, Walter. I wish I knew more about him. He worked at the steel mill in Allenport. Liked to fish. Always took the bus (back then there were buses in our town! It's hard for me to believe as it has almost no public infrastructure of any kind anymore!) He was a bootlegger during prohibition, which I never knew until my grandmother died because she didn't allow anyone to talk about it. My grandmother never had a drink in her life. What a weird match. When he was ailing with congestive heart failure, he repeatedly removed himself from his IV, and thus the outcome was decided. I'm not "all for it" or anything, but as I'm painting his smiling face, I'm a little bit impressed. He drew the line, said "this is when it's worth it, and this is when it's not". I hope he had fun. It looks like he did.