you are a god among mortals. Thank you very much. I installed PuTTY and it worked liked a charm. I deleted the /etc/init.d/proftpd file and created a new one, set the permissions and chkconfig and it worked like a charm.
To be honest I'll continue to use PuTTY for all my configuration needs in the future. The copy/paste feature saves time an hassle.
One a side note, writing the proftpd file by hand did give me a valuable insight on how it works, so no loss there.