Sealo, "The Seal Boy"
A man with the strange physical
feature was Sealo, "The Seal Boy". Stanley Berent was in
sideshows for many years including several at Coney Island and
with Pete Kortes show. Sealo toured Europe, as well as South
America and all of North America. Sealo had a great sense of
humor. He always stopped at the fairground gates to exchange
greetings with the gate keepers. Then with a wink to companions
who might be with him, he would make a gesture with one of his
"Little Handles" while voicing a sarcastic remark for the
benefit of his companions. An avid card player, he and Pete
Kortes would spend hours on end playing rummy. He was proud of
his Polish heritage and enjoyed drinking bollermakers, which he
claimed to be a Polish drink. He was also proud of his sister
who was a nun. The one full season Sealo spent with us was a
year which Chris was presenting an act in the show with a young
chimpanzee, Toby. Sealo was troubled with poor legs causing him
difficulty on the stairs getting on and off the stage. Therefore
he stayed on the stage most of the time while the other acts
were working. When the chimp would come past him on the way off
at the end of Toby's act, Sealo each time would give Toby a
cookie. One day three drunks proceeded to give Sealo a hard time
while Toby was performing. Toby broke from Chris, running to the
end of the stage where Sealo was seated, intimidating the three
men as a chimp can certainly do, they backed right up. As the
rest of the audience, Chris and Sealo had a good laugh at their
Toby proved his regard for Sealo and his appreciation of the
cookies. During our run on St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands,
Sealo became ill and we sent him home.
Late he resided for a couple of years at the Showmen's
Retirement Village at Gibsonton, Florida, until his final
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