Just A Little Help From My Friend
Stanley Berent, or Sealo the Seal Boy
as he was known, was with our show all but one season. When I took
show and made a tour of the Caribbean he was on that show also.
He had trouble walking, especially when he had to climb up and
down stairs. Because of how much trouble it was for him to climb
up and down he always had his chair and table at the end of the
stage right by the stairs. He had what he called his banner line,
which was a wooden rack that held about six different poses of the
pitch pictures he sold.
He would sit up there smoking his cigar and having a cup of
coffee, a cookie or something. He really didn’t like to get off
the stage because it was difficult for him.
At the same time Chris would work with the chimpanzees that he
trained. There was one chimpanzee that worked on the stage named
Toby. Chris would go up and work with the chimp and as he was
leaving to go down the stairs Sealo would hand Toby a cookie. Toby
just loved Sealo.
One time when Chris was working with the chimps there were these
three guys, they were about half canned. They started harassing
Sealo. When the chimp saw what they were doing he didn’t like it
at all. One of the
that Toby did was ride a tricycle. After he was finished he would
pick it up and hand it to Chris then Chris would put them back
into the line. But this time instead of giving it to Chris Toby
picked it up and held it over his head and through it at the three
guys because they were messing with his buddy with the cookies.
Sealo was quite the guy when we would take him out to dinner or
someplace else he wanted to go. As we would come back into the
fair ground Sealo would roll down the window of the car, of course
he had these little hands that grew out of his shoulders, and say
to the people at the gate “it is just me with my little handzee’s“
and as we started to roll by he would give them the bird. You see
generally the people the fair would hire, or about 90% of the ones
that worked the gates at the fairs would save up all their
animosities and take them out on the Carnies during the run of the
Sealo was a very funny guy. He drank
a little also but he never drank but one time around the show. It
was when we were over in the islands, so I sent him back home.
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