National Geographic : 1983 Apr
broad-bellied swagger, graying red hair and mustache, hobnailed boots, rattlesnake skin belt, and big fierce face that always seems half asleep, Frank looks more like the brawling, stomping, storytelling, wild-hog hunting mountain boy that he also is-or, as he calls himself, "just an ol bulldoze man." Indeed, it was while running a bulldozer up and down the steep slopes of north Geor gia that Rickman began to see creative pos sibilities in the inevitable meeting of old and new. Speculating against everyone's advice, he and his associates sculpted a country club from the red clay hills and woods east of Clayton-followed by a combination golf and ski resort, Sky Valley, north of town. Films Provide Cash and Jobs Then Walt Disney came to film The Great Locomotive Chase and was so impressed with Frank's troubleshooting that he made him a Hollywood-size offer to join his crew. "Walt offered me so much money I wouldn't speak to him for two weeks," Frank recalls with a roar and a slap of his knee. "I thought he was makin' fun of me!"