Pinky the Gorilla: A Day in the Life of a Singing Telegram

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Feb. 14, 2017 — Scott, 39, of Boston, adjusts his Pinky the Gorilla mask before performing his fifth of seven singing telegrams on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, 2017, at locations around Massachusetts and New Hampshire. As a professional performer Scott carries a variety of costumes in his car at all times such as Pinky, Chuck the Chicken and a tuxedo for a Frank Sinatra impersonation, all of which he changes into on the street before delivery. Photo by Sarah Silbiger
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Feb. 14, 2017 — Scott, 39, of Boston, slips into rubber gorilla feet outside next to his car as part of his Pinky the Gorilla costume he will wear during his delivery to Carrie Pierce in her downtown office in Boston, Massachusetts on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, 2017. Scott owns multiple pink gorilla costumes and switches between them depending on which contractor sends him on the delivery. In regards to the challenges he faces with changing outside he claims he has, “perfect the art of what goes first.” Photo by Sarah Silbiger
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Feb. 14, 2017 — Pinky the Gorilla, Scott, 39, of Boston, is escorted upstairs early morning on Feb. 14, 2017 to surprise Ed Flavin at his office in Billerica, Massachusetts with a song and balloons sent from his wife for Valentine’s Day. As a professional singing telegram performer, magician and balloon artist, Scott is able to utilize all his talents at gigs such as the twisted balloon he created for Flavin. Photo by Sarah Silbiger
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Feb. 14, 2017 — Carrie Pierce reacts to the serenading of a professional singing telegram performer, Scott, sent by her boyfriend for Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, 2017. Reactions to Scott’s appearance at recipients’ work places varied from blushing to laughing to crying. At the end of each skit Scott points out his number on the back of the card so that they may reciprocate the gesture to whomever they “thank or blame,” for the experience. Photo by Sarah Silbiger
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Feb. 14, 2017 — Professional singing telegram performer Scott, 39, of Boston, picks out Valentine’s Day balloons at a Dollar Tree in Malden, Massachusetts in preparation for the seven deliveries he’ll make Feb. 14, 2017. When talking about working on major holidays he says, “I can either make one person happy or make everyone happy.” Photo by Sarah Silbiger
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