Have you ever heard of Robert “Bob” Geary? Chances are, you haven’t. Geary was a police officer in San Francisco, California in the 80’s/90’s. In the early 90’s, he was assigned to North Beach where officers were meant to be highly visible and to come up with creative ways to earn the trust of the citizens living in the area. Geary had a master’s degree in education and and undergraduate degree in art. He thought hard about how he could perform his job and have fun. He decided he would buy an expensive wooden dummy and teach himself by audiotape of how to use the dummy in his job.
He chose the name of his dummy as Officer Brendan O’Smarty. Kind of a play on words with O’Smarty being a dummy and Brendan as a first name to give him a little dignity. Geary even went a little further with O’Smarty by dressing him up in a patrol uniform with a hat and water pistol. And don’t worry, O’Smarty had a badge number too – it was 1/2 – LOL
In 1993, the entire city of San Francisco voted about whether a police officer was allowed to carry a ventriloquist’s dummy called Brendan O’Smarty while on patrol. He was voted in by a narrow percentage of 51% for and 49% against. Geary and O’Smarty protected the streets of San Francisco all the way up until his retirement in 1998.
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By popular demand, we have snagged pictures of daddy holding Monkey Man. You know Monkey Man that was posted last week trying to escape in Albert – mom’s Smart car.
Let me set the scenario up for you my friends. Mom/dad went grocery shopping in Albert. Of course after they put all of the groceries in the back ‘hatch’ of Albert, there was no room for Monkey Man. Monkey Man *always* travels with mom everywhere.
Since there was no room in the back ‘hatch’ area, daddy had to hold Monkey Man in his lap all the way home from the market. Now, here you go. You’re driving down the street in your car. You get stopped at a red light. You happened to gaze over at this Smart car because it’s so small. While you are laughing hysterically, something catches your attention to the front passenger side. That’s when you see it.
This man is holding a giant sock monkey that is looking out the window. Now, what do you do? Do you point? Do you laugh? Do you bring out your camera phone to snap a picture? Do you call the authorities because Monkey Man is not strapped in to his safety belt? You know I’m waiting until a police officer pulls us over thinking it’s a small child – It will be hilarious! Snorts.
The possibilities are endless my friends. What would you do? I took two pictures for your review. One from the passenger side window and another straight from the front of Albert.
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