To say Chris Ferry has gotten a lot of birthday wishes this year would be an understatement. The New Jersey man, who turns 62 on March 16, says he received over 10,000 calls and texts after his sons put up a billboard near Atlantic City with his picture and phone number.
“I really haven’t been able to use my phone in a normal way,” Ferry told KYW Newsradio. “They get me on the phone, they want to talk to me, they want to tell me about their most memorable birthday.”
He laughed, “I had one guy tell me, ‘I tried to call my father to tell him about the billboard and he didn’t pick up, so I figured I would call you to talk to you and now you’re not picking up.'”
The full-size billboard on Black Horse Pike in Linwood, New Jersey reads, “Wish My Dad Happy Birthday” with “Love, Your Sons” underneath in smaller text, along with a photo of Ferry’s face and his number.
It’s not the first prank his sons have pulled (according to a Facebook post, they used to order him birthday cakes at restaurants when it wasn’t his birthday) but it’s definitely the most memorable.
“We wanted it to be a birthday for him to remember,” Christopher Ferry Jr., who lives in Florida along with his brother Michael, told KYW. He admitted that they were scared their dad would be upset but that they figured “go big or go home.”
And it was worth it, the younger Ferry says, adding that his dad “got a kick out of it.” And the almost-62-year-old agreed. “It’s been really good-natured fun, although at my expense,” he said to KYW. “It was a neat idea. I wish I would’ve thought of it.”
My brother and I always traveled together playing Ice Hockey and would enjoy our Applebee’s dinners with our dad and all…