As the crow flies and the Ford woodie ambles, it is a thousand miles and more on the road. One passenger is living and the other is dead and they are both talking. In July, 1978, Jim Logan, a second string 60’s folksinger is in New Orleans for the birthday of Tom Parrish. Tom’s sudden death recalls to Jim a promise to take his friend home to Virginia someday. They’re in a 1951 Ford Country Squire and pursued by a Chrysler Imperial that wants that diamond ring back. Their route is never the shortest but follows the growth of American popular music from Delta blues and gospel to border state country and rockabilly. Some of it is true and some not. And as they are driving less than a year after the death of Elvis, his shadow falls across the road from time to time. They get there.
Among Frank Di Christofano’s creative passions are winemaking and painting. He has now taken to creative writing with his debut murder mystery novel, The Vines of Coronado.
Somewhat of a renaissance man, Frank has spent many happy times in the land of his forefathers, Italy. His passion for winemaking led to his partnership in a very successful Arizona winery, where he was known and respected for his competence in the growing of Italian grape varieties and making Italian style wines. He also shared his skill in winemaking and grape growing as an instructor at the University of Arizona.
His wines received their highest recognition when selected to be served at the White House. Subsequently, his wine became a White House favorite. It was kept on hand and served at many prestigious governmental functions for a period of eight years until Frank’s retirement.
A married father of three wonderful children, ex-Marine and owner of several successful businesses he also is an avid fly fisherman, photographer, painter and pilot.
Of his many awards, he is most proud of receiving the Father of the Year Award and Time Magazine’s Annual Quality Auto Dealer award.
He lives in Tucson, Arizona with his wife, Darlyne.