Frank tilts the squeeze chute during branding days
Frank Allnutt's family, in his early years, were ranchers in the central Colorado Rocky Mountains and he and brother Dan briefly attended a one-room school not far from the historic gold mining town of Cripple Creak. Following high school in Denver, Frank proudly served as a Navy Parachute Rigger. After that 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 Swimming and Diving Team. He competed in the national NCAA Diving Championships at Yale University in 1965. 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.
Frank began his professional career in the Publicity Department at the Walt Disney Studio. He took night 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 Imaginariness 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 King's marketing director. However, radical environmentalists succeeded in stopping the project through the courts.
Frank was then assigned 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 nearing grand opening.
Then came a major career change. Married and starting a family in the new community of Mission Viejo, California, Frank left the Disney organization and established his own public relations and advertising agency in Newport Beach, California. He went on to create television and video productions, and to to publish books and magazines.
With the blessings of Billy Graham's Worldwide Pictures, Frank produced a short film for churches with Corrie ten Boom titled "A Visit With Corrie."
The motion picture, "The Giant of Thunder Mountain," was based on the title, characters and treatment created by Frank. The picture featured Cloris Leachman, Richard Kiel (of James Bond fame), and Marianne Rogers (then the wife of country singer Kenny Rogers). Frank left the project over Kiel's changes to the story. The film grossed a measly $127,000.
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 220,000 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 assisted William R. Bright, founder of Campus Crusade for Christ, in creating the subsidiary Here's Life Publishers, and served as it's General Manager and Editor-in-Chief. He also assisted Bright in writing and publishing two books.
Now retired, Frank and his brother Dan live near his daughter's family on an historic working cattle and hay ranch in the central Rocky Mountains near Salida, Colorado.