In the 1980s, a sign at Park View Barber Shop read, “Bored with TV? Get a hobby.”
Elmer Grahl, the store’s owner, practiced what he preached.
Grahl cut hair for 48 years, traveled the world, painted artworks thatsoldforthousandsofdollars, practiced bonsai, sang for President Eisenhower and traded letters with Norman Rockwell.
He built paper replicas of the Taj Mahal and St. Basil’s Cathedral, worked as a baker for Bethlehem Steel and sang in church choirs for more than eight decades.
But the 86-year-old closed a chapter in his storied existence last week when he retired.