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American Visionary Art Museum

Jerome Pohlen on being an 'Oddball'

Jerome Pohlen on being an 'Oddball'

James Frank Kotera, or the real "JFK" as he calls himself, stopped drinking on April 3, 1975. Four years later, he weaved a new hobby into his life. He hasn't stopped in 34 years. The yield: two balls of twine — a monstrous one that he says weighs about 20,545 pounds and "Junior," a 47-pound one that he carries around town in Highland, Wis. -------------------- This piece first ran in Printers Row Journal, delivered to Printers Row members with the Sunday Chicago Tribune and by digital edition via email. Click here to learn about joining Printers Row. -------------------- Most evenings, Kotera can be found in his backyard under a canopy that...