The History Behind It
The History Behind It
This is not the first ball of paint I've made. In the 60's when I was in high school, I was on the varsity high school baseball team. My summer vacation was spent working at a local paint store. It all started when a friend (Oscar Sparkman) and I were throwing a baseball in the paint shop when one of us missed the ball. Of course it knocked over a gallon of paint, needless to say the ball was covered. We cleaned up the paint up from the floor but left the ball as it was, with paint on it. I set it on top an old table, and the next day I went to get it I was sparked with the idea.
I wrapped a wire around the ball and dipped it in a gallon of paint and proceeded to record the colors. Everyday throughout my junior and senior year I kept a record of this ball getting very large and longer in length then round. After 1000 coats of alternate colors on this ball I quit painting it. I donated to my trade instructor (Joe Hinton) who kept it for several years before donating it to the Alumni museum at the Knightstown Childrens Home located in Knightstown, Indiana. After several years I knew that someday I wanted to start another one. Several years later, in 1977, my wife, Glenda, and I had started another baseball. The baseball was 9" in circumference and weighed less than one pound, I ran a 3/8"rod through it so I could easily suspend it from the ceiling giving me easy access to paint at all angles.
January 1, 1977 I let my son at the age of three put the very first coat of blue paint on the ball. We painted the ball many times a day, while the ball was little and easy to handle. My wife painted the ball several times throughout the day while I was working; I painted it in the evenings and on the weekends.
After a while, it became a piece of artwork to us and we rather enjoyed showing it off. As of today we still try to paint it as often as time allows. Over the years I get someone to paint every one-hundredth coat. The ball has gotten so big and so heavy that we built a barn beside our house for the ball of paint to reside and become Alexandria's biggest roadside attraction for all to come and see!