Jack is my Brother , a couple of years older than
me . He was a premy in the early `40s and suffered probable anoxia at
birth followed by pure oxygen in his incubator . He has some symptoms
of Retrolental Fibroplasia , but I have never heard that diagnosis from
anyone . I would think it would be diagnosable with a simple
opthalmoscope . But he clearly has central damage as well . One of my
vivid childhood memorys was when , while our parents were having a
party so Jack and I were playing up in my room , I bopped him over the
head with the paper tube core of a Scott Towel roll . He fell into a
Grand Mal seizure . That ended the party . The state of medicine in the
mid `50s was such that the proceedure for quelling the seizure til the
doctor got there was a bath with a can of Coleman Mustard Powder .
Since then Jack has lived on prescribed drug cocktails of phenobarbital
, anti-psychotics , anti-depressants , etc .
Having a brother like Jack has structured a great
deal of my life , including spending the '70s trying to figure
out how brains work .
Jack`s writing ability is much worse now than it
was in his early teens . Click here for writing sample from a
trip to his grandmother in Kewanee IL in the late `50s when he would
have been in his mid teens . Everyone who knows him now will be amazed
that at one time he was capable of such a letter even if actively
coached by his grandmother ( who is also the source of his immersion in
Christianity ) .
None the less , his art , done in collaboration
with visiting & staff artists at Little City definitely
reflects his unique world view .
A family friend who herself runs a graphics arts
company sent the write-up below from the Chicago Tribune of a show the
fall of `98 .
=HP=========================: SAT.JAN,990130 :============================
Went out w Jack for afternoon , gave Chinatown Golfball back scratcher , 7.5#
Lobster claws .
Played Tape of Willow Creek Sermon : Church Heros :
D.L.Moody & JackArmstrong .
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Since moving out to join
Jack and Joyce in Woodland
Park CO I have access to more of Jack's work and have
helped him with some .
Here is a CD and jacket ( in 2 senses ) Jack did with John Grod while
still at Little City