Shortly after 1970, around 75,76 Alan BOYLE, a special pioneer from Liverpool Dingle was doing temp art work at Mill Hill and so impressed F Franz with some stuff he did for him he was invited to Brooklyn. Alan was delighted as he was desperate to get into Bethel but was over the then age limit. He did lots of oil paintings for GB meeting room, did one illustration for a magazine of army creeping up dried up Euphrates river bed. He made a scale model so he could determine what you could see from riverbed, over city wall. He always was scathing about quality of calendar artwork. Not sure how he is now, must be going on 90,
He was one of 'anointed' and one year did memorial talk, went on for hours with quotes from Alfred Edersheims works, he could see glimmer of light from window so kept going. In the end someone slid a note onto rostrum, "Get OFF now"
He kept notes on other pioneers and reported to Bethel on their reading habits etc, in those days a PQR personal qualifications report done yearly on pioneers, meeting time attendance 2 or 3 minutes late got a black mark.
His artwork was superb but he took time over it and infuriated Ron Drage with his apparent tardiness, when Ron learnt that as well as usual workload for London he was doing quite a lot of stuff as well for FF he changed his hectoring style and began grovelling to Alan who had a direct line to the very top, well above Drage's level.