Blue Lights & Funny Cider
Posted by sarah brown on November 9th, 2016
Old Cops (and authors) Ret. Maine Warden JOHN FORD, SR. and Ret. State Trooper MARK NICKERSON bring their “Blue Lights and Funny Cider” tour to Curtis Memorial Library on Thursday, November 17, at 7 pm.
John Ford Sr. and Mark Nickerson regale audiences in Maine and beyond with their hilarious stories of law enforcement “back in the day,” based on stories from their best-selling books. Ford, a retired Maine game warden, is the author of two books, Suddenly, the Cider Didn’t Taste So Good: Adventures of a Game Warden in Maine and This Cider Still Tastes Funny!: Further Adventures of a Maine Game Warden 2013. Nickerson is the author of Blue Lights in the Night: Real Life Stories of Maine State Trooper 2013.
John and Mark have been doing presentations together at libraries and other venues in the state, and are, reportedly, “a real hoot!” “Let’s share a night of laughter and fun – on a subject that many folks never realize — what happens in their own back yards!” says John Ford Sr. Copies of the author’s books will be available to purchase and a book signing will follow this free presentation.
ABOUT THE OLD COPS
John Ford, a natural storyteller, comes from a long line of Maine Game Wardens. He was sworn into the service shortly after finishing up a four-year stint in the U.S. Air Force. He spent all of his twenty-year warden career in Waldo County in central Maine. Upon his retirement in 1990, he was elected as county sheriff and re-elected in 1994. He has written a local newspaper column and is a regular contributor to the Northwoods Sporting Journal. “John Ford’s stories from his long career as a Maine game warden are offered with humility and good humor, and demonstrate an abiding affection for the land, creatures, and quirky characters of Maine,” said fellow author and game warden chaplain Kate Braestrup. “Ford is an appealing character, a great storyteller, and he’s FUNNY.”
Mark Nickerson, born and raised in a State Police family from Vassalboro, Maine, got to know many of the original 1925 Maine Troopers as they congregated at the Nickerson home once a month for a friendly game of cards. Awed by their presence and the stories they told he wanted to be like them. He became a Maine State Trooper in 1977, first assigned to the Moosehead Lake region and living in Greenville Jct. Transferring in 1982 to Unity, Mark spent the remainder of his career patrolling the roads of Waldo and Kennebec counties. He became proficient in identifying and apprehending drunk drivers from our highways creating many a memory in dealing with them. After twenty-eight years, Mark retired, and went on to write a column in local papers titled, Real Life Stories from a Maine State Trooper, in which he began to relive most of his harrowing and humorous times of being a trooper.