I was just thinking the other day that B'game needed a town crier and lo and behold this DJ article says here he be
Richard Aptekar is following his calling by heeding his need to cry — but maybe not in the fashion most would typically expect. Aptekar, 72, has been selected by the Burlingame Historical Society as the city’s first and only town crier, who is set to make his debut this weekend.
The Burlingame resident, who has an extensive track record of public performance, is one of only a few in the state recognized by the American Guild of Town Criers.
His initial task will be to announce the opening of the Burlingame Hillsborough History Museum, 290 California Drive, 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7, and will regularly announce the historical society’s meetings, as well as other community events at the city library.
Dressed in era-appropriate decor, featuring a top hat and long jacket, Aptekar’s deep and distinct voice will read out poetic and often humorous declarations, as he rings a bell signifying his prestigious role. To his knowledge, there are no other town criers on the Peninsula, said Aptekar, and the closest other is in Concord.
I love this and perhaps I can intern with Richard--I think it would be my perfect retirement occupation...unless I decide to apply for Code Enforcement officer and go after all the illegal signs in towns!