Merrill Cooms was in his early seventies, a widow and the somewhat reclusive owner of a multitude of businesses.
He owned a shoe store at one time—back in the seventies, I think.
In the late seventies and early eighties scaling these challenging surfaces really caught on.
One of Sufug's widows had fled to her Tai kindred in Central Arabia with her youngest son Faris; but when he grew up she brought him back in the seventies, and he immediately attracted a great following.
In the early seventies he had devoted much attention to the arts of illumination and calligraphy.