Frank McCallister – In Memoriam

Frank McCallister passed away this week. Frank was an SBS MVP. He loved to say he was the oldest MVP. But more importantly he was a real friend. His stories would hold your attention, but the real story was Frank. He called himself “the Old Fart”. But that name does not describe all that he did and would do for people. Frank, we will miss you.

In tribute to Frank, I’ve reworked the lyrics of the song “The Gambler”, made famous by Kenny Rogers (YouTube video).

The Old Fart (aka The Gambler)
Dedicated to Frank McCallister

On a warm summer’s evenin’ on a train bound for ‘Bama,
I met up with the old fart; we were both too tired to sleep.
So we took turns a starin’ out the window at the darkness
‘Til boredom overtook us, and he began to speak.

He said, “Son, I’ve made a life out of readin’ people’s emails,
And knowin’ what their logs showed, by the way they signed their names.
And if you don’t mind my sayin’, I can see you’re out of disk space.
For a taste of your whiskey I’ll give you some advice.”

So I handed him my bottle and he drank down my last swallow.
Then he bummed a cigarette and asked me for a light.
And the night got deathly quiet, and his face lost all expression.
Said, “If you’re gonna play the game, boy, ya gotta learn to play it right.

You got to know when to defrag, know when to format,
Know when to reinstall, ‘cause I’m the old fart.
You never say you’re thirsty when you’re sittin’ at the console.
There’ll be time enough for drinkin’ when the (MVP) party starts

Ev’ry old fart knows that the secret to survivin’
Is knowin’ emails to throw away and knowing what to keep.
‘Cause ev’ry email’s a winner and ev’ry email’s a loser,
And the best that you can hope for is to die in your sleep.”

And when he’d finished speakin’, he turned back towards the window,
Crushed out his cigarette and faded off to sleep.
And somewhere in the darkness the old fart, he broke even.
But in his final words I found an ace that I could keep.

You got to know when to defrag, know when to format,
Know when to reinstall, ‘cause I’m the old fart.
You never say you’re thirsty when you’re sittin’ at the console.
There’ll be time enough for drinkin’ when the (MVP) party starts

-kw

10 thoughts on “Frank McCallister – In Memoriam”

  1. This is a very sad day but I have to admit your song really made me smile. You captured him perfectly. We will have to toast in his honor on Sunday night. Have a safe trip out West Kevin.

  2. Landed in the US for the summit and just turned on my laptop to be greeted by this sad news. This already means that there will be something missing for me (and us all) this time around. We’ll find a way to mark our respect for a good man no longer with us.

  3. I finally got to meet Frank and several other MVPs who had personally helped me over the years at Jeff Middleton’s first conference in New Orleans a couple of years ago. I made it a point to introduce myself to every one of them and to thank them for the assistance that they provided. I can’t tell you how glad I am that I took the time to do that. That was the only time I had the pleasure of speaking with Frank face to face.

    I’m know that Frank appreciated the fact that I did this, but he tried to downplay whatever it was he did to help me and I wouldn’t let him get away with that. Frank was definitely an original and I am a richer man for having known him. My condolences to his family and to all of us, who were part of what must surely have been a rather large extended family.

  4. I have just started to read our messages and got this bad news. I got really sad about this, as Frank was a great guy.

  5. I have only met and spoken with Frank a couple of times. I enjoyed our conversations and he was a very pleasant person. Harry was greatly saddened to hear the news as was the SMB Nation office. We will all miss him and the void will certainly be felt at this MVP meeting.

    Chris Bangs
    SMB Nation.

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