Frank was born in Concord, North Carolina to Frank Albert and Rachel Wiley Harrison. He was raised with his sisters, Patty Helms and Julie Wallace, in Kannapolis, North Carolina, where he finished primary and secondary school. Frank was always interested in astronomy and outer space, which was enhanced by growing up during the early days of space exploration. As a child, he fashioned his own rocket ships from plastic models and fireworks, once even setting a shed on fire.
He attended the University of North Carolina on Chapel Hill for a short time, where he volunteered at the Morehead Observatory, and he later graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Frank was a genuine geek and a nerd; he loved science and science fiction. He was an avid reader whose interests spanned from military strategy/war games, computer programming, Monty Python, collecting B movies, roleplaying, to Second Life. Frank was a member of the same roleplaying group for over 20 years.
Frank was a true White Hat, level-headed and fair. He worked for years with Child Protective Services advocating for the weak and powerless.
Frank is forever loved and missed by his wife Ellores and son Corwin.
I have been diligently searching
through the memories of a thousand
antique computing machines.
I have found no answer.
You on the other hand,
have simply indulged in childlike optimism.
The time ahead of us stretches into the dim distance,
like an interstate cutting through the desert.
It comes to a point somewhere near the horizon.
What bypasses may now occur,
may not be determined from
any facts now in my possession.
So, I sit at the dusty terminal
and only one thing remains bright to me.
Today, the answer is one day closer
than it was yesterday.
- Frank Greylin Harrison (AKA Norlanthenose and Graylon Ashe)