Ben Franklin was on my train home today and I’m pissed I didn’t get to talk to him. I, unfortunately, did not see him until we pulled into the Andover station, when I then saw him exiting the train, fully attired in his traditional garb (it was freaking hot out today so I kinda wondered how he was feeling). My mom wouldn’t even wait with me in the parking lot so we could see what kind of car he got into. What kind of car would Ben Franklin drive?? Seriously, though. If it were up to me, I would have followed him home to see what sort of house Ben Franklin resides in. For all I know, he could be my neighbor.
Ben Franklin goes to Quincy Market every day (allegedly, Sundays included) and talks to the public about his life and accomplishments. One of my professors is from my town as well, and says she is frequently on the commuter rail with Ben. She talks to him and he tells her about his printing press and such. He legit talks to people as though he is actually Ben Franklin.
When do you suppose the gig’s over? Does he take his wig off and lay his costume aside when he enters his home? Or does he don a nightcap and traditional Ben Franklin night clothes? Does he fly kites around the neighborhood? And furthermore, how on Earth did Ben Franklin get his start as Ben Franklin? Do you suppose even he confuses his own life with Ben’s? It’s possible that he spends more time as Ben than he does as his actual self. I know I’d be confused.
Another point of discussion: Is it disrespectful to call him Benjamin Franklin “Ben?” If you see him…ask.
*The one, the only B.F. as published in BU’s The Daily Free Press.
From The Office…trying to figure out how one gets his start as a Ben Franklin impersonator:
Karen: So I guess you have the Ben Franklin wig and the costume and you figure, how can I put this to practical use?
Pam: Well I like to think that his dad was a Ben Franklin impersonator and he really pressured him into it.
New York has the Naked Cowboy, Boston has Ben Franklin. You can learn about him on the T, or you can read Social Studies Lesson Plans, and Education Resources to learn about the man with the bi-focals.