FRAMINGHAM — At 89 years old, Hugo “Holly” Hollerorth seems especially qualified to write a book on the naked truth about aging.
After all, he was one of 12 older men who appeared tastefully nearly nude in a 2012 calendar to raise money for First Parish in Framingham.
The men’s calendar came six years after one that featured 12 mature church women in similar stages of undress. The women’s calendar sold out its printing of 2,000 copies to raise $24,000 for the Unitarian Universalist congregation in Framingham Centre. With the benefit of social media and national attention, including mentions on “Good Morning America” and “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” the men’s calendar — covering ages 64 to 87 — sold 2,250 copies worldwide for a net profit of $26,000.
Reaction to the calendars ranged from support, appreciation, and glee to disgust and accusations of sacrilege. For Hollerorth, the experience was thought-provoking.