ABOUT THE WRITER:
Frank Calio, age 81; born and raised in Laurel, DE; graduated Laurel High School, ’56. Served in the U.S. Army Reserves. Blessed with 5 grown children, 9 grands and 3 great grands.
My dad immigrated from Sicily, mom’s parents from Italy. I had one younger brother who died with cancer from Agent Orange at the young age of 38, the chemical spray used to kill undergrowth in the Viet Nam conflict.
Began writing part-time shortly after serving 6 mos active duty in the Army Reserve for the Laurel State Register weekly writing bowling news at 5 cents an inch.
I was working full-time with my dad who owned a shoe repair business and became a part-time sports editor for the paper. I was offered a full-time job as sports editor for the Delaware State News, (DSN) turned down the offer and stopped writing all together.
Because of my involvement in Democrat politics, I was asked when the Banner newspaper was started by Bryant Richardson, to write a political column, which I did and when he sold the paper to Chesapeake Publications, who owned the Register and Seaford Leader I was part of the merger. I also began writing a political column for the DSN.
By then I had purchased the business from my dad, expanded it into shoes and women’s apparel, married, began a family and ventured into real estate.
Bryant managed the papers for Chesapeake; when they sold to the DSN group he started the Laurel/Seaford Star, I went with him and continued writing my column until the summer of ’09.
While teaching journalism at DelTech in Georgetown, I accepted a position as Economic Development Director and Airport Manager for the Sussex County Council where I stayed for 11 years, eventually closing my business.
My political activities include a stint as Chief Reading Clerk in the DE House of Representatives, Administrative assistant for Delaware’s Secretary of Public Safety, 8 years on the Laurel Town Council, Sussex County Chairman of the Democrat Party, and retired as State Election Commissioner in ’07.
I lost my wife of 42 years to a rare disease after a successful liver transplant in April, 2011. I resumed writing for the Star that December.
Although we live in the best country in the world there are some flaws with our system; political parties tend to hide the truth. One column a week wasn’t getting it; I am vocal, thus this BLOG.
I hope you’ll enjoy the information. Constructive comments welcomed.
Frank B. Calio
ABOUT THE BLOG: We will attempt to write a “FRANKLY SPEAKING” COLUMN each Wednesday or once a week, then daily or as often as we can keep the blog fresh by doing mini stories about current events.
ABOUT OUR POLICY:
We welcome your comments and we will accept and print any constructive criticism. However we reserve the right to edit or reject any comment for any reason. No personal trashing allowed whatsoever.