Video: King of the Windmills

King of the Windmills

Stockton, California

In 1996 we interviewed Frank Medina, self-appointed "King of the Windmills," known worldwide for his windmill collection, not to mention his incredible teeth. Okay, we'll mention them.


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King of the Windmills - Stockton, California

[Interview with Frank Medina around his ranch property and windmill collection. Traffic noise and persistent dogs barking.]

Medina: I'm known all over the world they write to me from London England, Ireland, Switzerland, and Spain, all over Canada came down here saying Windmill Man, Windmill, King of the Windmills, the man with the most windmills in the world. [dog barks] I've collected over 2,000 of these things.

You cutter and you sputter and you putter and... and that's about the [dog barks] size of it. But i do feel I pick my windmills and fix these hoses and I... I keep busy, I keep busy.

The oldest man in the world with all his teeth no cavities I never went to dentist my life. I will be 89 years old first day of May. About another month of so. I ate a lot of hard bread and beans, boy.

Way back in nineteen thirty, thirty years before you were born, [dog barks] and I worked for a dollar a day, and saved and saved and saved. I only have a grammar school education but you don't have to go to college or no goddamn place to make money if they got anything upstairs, and I didn't like to work for anybody cuz I like to I don't like to take orders, see, oh I figured if that joker's gonna make uh, make enough to buy a dinner I'm gonna make enough to buy a sandwich.

And that's the way I went all my life.

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