Frank tilts the squeeze chute during branding days
Frank Allnutt's family, in his early years, were ranchers in the central Colorado Rocky Mountains. Following high school in Denver, he proudly served as a Navy Parachute Rigger. After his stint in the Navy, he enrolled in the University of Denver, where he earned a B.A. Degree in Radio-Television-Film. He was a student manager of DU's radio station. During his four years at DU, he was a diver on DU's championship Swim Team. He competed in the national NCAA Diving Championships at Yale University. He served as assistant coach in his senior year. His love of music lead to his singing in DU's summer operas, chapel choir, and Men's Glee Club.
He began his professional career in the Publicity Department at the Walt Disney Studio. He took courses in journalism and public relations at UCLA and went on to become Public Relations Manager of WED (Walt E. Disney) Enterprises, now the Disney Imagineering firm, for the planning and development of Disneyland, Walt Disney World, and the proposed Mineral King year-round resort in the California Sierra. As Walt's representative, he spoke to organizations and interest groups throughout California and conducted favorable relations with members of the news media world-wide. He was being considered for Mineral Kingd's marketing director. However, radical environmentalists succeeded in stopping the project through the courts. The WED PR department was then discontinued and Frank was transferred to Disneyland to coordinate the development of plans and budgets for the live entertainment aspects of the grand opening of Walt Disney World in Florida.
He created the storyboard concept for "Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Water," which would be developed by WED at Walt Disney World in Florida, sometime following the grand opening. Meanwhile, Frank was to continue developing the project, working closely with Disney Legend Ward Kimball at the Studio. Frank was also being considered for the Florida Project's Director of Entertainment.
Then came a major career change. Married and starting a family in the new community of Mission Viejo, California, Frank put his family first and left the Disney organization. He established his own public relations and advertising agency in Newport Beach, California. That led him into Christian television and film production, and book and magazine publishing.
The motion picture, "The Giant of Thunder Mountain," was based on the title, characters and story elements created by Frank. The picture featured Cloris Leachman, Richard Kiel (of James Bond fame) as the giant, and Marianne Rogers (wife of country singer Kenny Rogers).
Frank is the author of numerous Christian books, including the classic Christian commentary, "The Force of Star Wars," published by Bible Voice and Fleming H. Revell Co. Having sold more than 200,000 copies in its first five months of release, the book ranked 19th in the CBA (Christian Booksellers Association) Journal's list of best-selling books of the year.
He has provided public relations and mass communications services to Christian organizations throughout his career. His biography has been published in numerous publications in the United States and other countries, including several biographical reference books, among them The International Who's Who of Intellectuals, Personalities of the Americas, The International Book of Honor, and a score of others.
Frank and his brother Dan share their home on an historic working cattle and hay ranch in the central Rocky Mountains near Salida, Colorado. Now a great grandfather, he is blessed with having family living nearby. Though "retired" since 2003, he still is an avid student of the Bible, and continues to"dabble" in writing, art and photography.