You Didn’t Know - Peary
Perry's Treasure Trove of Trivia
Peary Perry's archived column:
From North America
Perry on Peary PerryIn
order to clear up any future confusion, let's take a moment and let me explain
who I am and why I write these columns each and every week. First off, I was born
at a very early age. I arrived in this world with very little and still have most
of it. It The big war (WWII) was going on and according to my parents, names were
being rationed out. My Mom was kind of slow and couldn't run very fast. I guess
by the time she got down to the Federal Bureau of Names, all of the Johns, Jims,
and Davids were gone. That was her story and she stuck with it.
to what I've been told…she just settled on two names that were the same, but weren't.
As in Peary Perry. As you can imagine, I've heard every kind of comment that can
be made on this matter since I was born. "Peary Perry…quite contrary…." and so
on and so on. Leaving a message for someone on the phone requires me to maintain
a certain sense of patience. I've been getting comments all of my life, but this
is the first time these people have ever heard a name like this. Some people (seems
to be more and more) just hang up because they think I'm kidding them or something.
I have contemplated using an alias, but then it kinds of defeats the purpose,
doesn't it? The really weird thing about my name has occurred in the last few
years since voice mail became so popular. I’ll leave a message for someone and
get a return call from him or her asking to speak with ‘Craig’. Now, I can see
how they might think I said, Jerry, Larry or Terry, but Craig?
original one I ever heard was from some lady on the phone who started to say something
and then stopped in mid sentence…”You know I'll bet you've heard just about every
comment there is and I don't think I have anything original to say…" That was
unique. I won't bore you with the details of my youth, but just let it be sufficient
to say that I had a good time. Once I was out of high school, I couldn't afford
to go to college, or really want to, so off I went in the Army. Spent 3 years
there, came home and became a cop. Spent 7 years working undercover as a vice
squad/ narcotics officer and then left to go into business for myself. This is
where I've been ever since.
I suppose, I always wanted to write about
life in general. I like people and think that we need to see the bright side of
just about everything. Humor is good for our souls. . Some years ago, a friend
of mine started a newspaper and asked me to write a weekly column for him. I goofed
around and didn't really put out much effort into what I was supposed to be doing.
I ended up in a creative writing course in a local college. The instructor asked
if any of us ever wrote anything that had been published. Proudly, I raised my
hand. He asked how often…and I told him that I did, whenever I got the time….
He then asked me "If you have an opportunity to write and you don't…then why are
you in this course?" I didn't have an answer, so I went back, sat down and have
been knocking these out every week for the past 25 years or so.
every thing from a soldier to a cop to a businessman and a lot of things in between.
I wrote a satire column called “Letters From North America” until the summer of
2010. After over 1300 of these, I lost my mojo and just could not crank any more
out about my wife, my dogs, my kids or the United States Post Office. What I like
to do now is a column called.. “A Nation Of Fools” which pretty well describes
what I think of our government. I can always find something to write about on
this subject. I’m not partial, I will go after Democrats, Republicans and all
others with equal ferocity.
If you like trivia try my… ‘Bet You Didn’t
Know’ effort. I must have 200 trivia books with all kinds of information that
I find interesting but probably no one else will.
In addition to this
I keep on trying to finish writing novels and a book on self help with lessons
from my late dog, Buddy. You keep reading and if I can do something to help you..let
Peary Perry, October 26, 2010
More of Peary Perry can be
read on his personal website, www.pearyperry.com