‘Stupid Funny Stuff’ at city library

Apr 13, 2017
Ben Perry brings his Big Ben and Stanley act to Rockland Public Library Tuesday, April 25.

Rockland — Rockland Historical Society and Rockland Public Library will present “Big Ben and Stanley’s Stupid Funny Stuff” Tuesday, April 25, at 6:30 p.m. in the Friends Community Room of the library, 80 Union St.

Retired U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer Ben Perry promises to make everyone laugh with his banter and his original creations, based on puns and double meanings. Following the show, the audience will adjourn to the Rockland Historical Society Museum for conversation and cookies.

Perry grew up in Rockland and is a virtual history of the Rockland Business District. He had a paper route for the Portland Press Herald; caddied at the Samoset; and worked for the St. Clair and Allen Candy Company, Day’s Jewelry Store, Newberry’s 5 & 10, Perry’s Market on Main Street, Perry’s Market on Park Street and Jack’s Place Restaurant.

Perry also had an exciting naval career, sailing around the world twice; visiting 47 countries; eating elephant ears and monkey meat with Pres. William Tubman of Liberia; and serving as a Navy recruiter in Rockland. After retiring from the Navy, Perry sold cars for Moody Pontiac & Buick and Shepard Chevrolet; and served as the parts manager for Rockland Ford. Perry was personnel manager and safety director for Fisher Engineering for 12 years, then worked for Camden National Bank for 15 years, where he began his career as a practical joker.

One-time Boy Scout Commissioner and licensed Maine Guide, Perry is well known for his award-winning parade floats such as the International House of Cake Pans, the John Deer, My Eye Pad and Maine’s First Cell Phone, which featured an antique wall phone inside a jail cell.

Perry has been married for 48 years to Mary, who taught for four years in Virginia and then taught Language Arts at the Rockland Junior High School and Middle School for 36 years. Perry figures that together, he and Mary had worked for 100 years when they retired.

Much of Perry’s humorous folk art will be on exhibit in the Rockland Public Library’s display cases during the month of May.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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