A chat with Pearce W. Hammond, author of "Funnybone 2"

eshaw@islandpacket.comMarch 22, 2014 

Name: Pearce W. Hammond

Book: "Funnybone 2"

Printed by: CreateSpace

Residence: Okatie

Where to buy: Amazon.com and the Filling Station Art Gallery on Calhoun Street in Bluffton

Book summary in 50 words or less: "Funnybone 2" is dedicated to laughter. It is filled with jokes and quotes about age and aging along with humorous examples of things like senior moments.

First sentence: "As we grow older our bodies show signs of aging, but we can all stay young at heart through laughter."

The story behind the book: I saw a quote that gave me the idea for my first book, "Funnybone," and for this book, "Funnybone 2." It was, "You don't stop laughing when you grow old. You grow old when you stop laughing." I also think that people of all ages should laugh more, especially in this crazy world we live in today.

How did you go about collecting the jokes and stories for the book? I kept a file on jokes and quotes over the years. Some of the jokes in this book were told to me by friends, relatives and business associates. Other jokes came to me by email and others from the Internet.

Are any of them from personal experiences? I'm 72 years old, and I can certainly see myself in some of the jokes, especially those relating to forgetting things.

What is your favorite joke from the book? Three retirees, each with a hearing loss, were playing golf one day. One remarked to the other, "Windy, isn't it?" "No," the second man replied, "it's Thursday." And the third man chimed in, "So am I. Let's have a beer."

What makes old age funny? Many of the jokes in this book show how funny old age can be, and I think we need to laugh when we get older and forget things. When my father was 97 years old and we would go to lunch, he would forget what he had ordered for lunch right after he ordered it. When I asked him what he had ordered for lunch, he would say that he would find out when it came.

Previous writing experience: I have written five other books that are available on Amazon.com. Two are written on the Gullah and Geechee culture of South Carolina and Georgia, and are illustrated with my original Gullah art. My other books were humorous books about dogs and frequent flying. My other writing experience has involved positions as executive editor of a leading trade magazine in the transportation field, and editor of a corporate magazine for Union Camp Corporation. I have also written numerous articles for local and regional publications.

Earliest writing memory: In the summer of 1960, which involved my traveling experiences while on a tour of Europe, and my experiences while in Russia, Poland and Germany.

Favorite comedians: Jay Leno, Bill Cosby and Bob Hope

What's next: Don't know yet, but I will write something to make people laugh.

Follow Erin Shaw at twitter.com/IPBG_ErinShaw.

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