The Villages - May 2017 - 39
Bonnie (Nicely) Large
Ligonier High School, Ligonier, Pennsylvania
Bonnie is an accidental comedian. Always funny on a
whim, Bonnie made her high school friends beam.
"I never knew how, but I always found myself saying
funny things," Bonnie said. "And doing funny things. I was
clumsy and silly, and it was just by accident."
Her antics earned her a reputation and the yearbook
moniker: Class Clown. But Bonnie didn't mind at all.
I had a lot of friends at Ligonier High School in Ligonier,
Pennsylvania," Bonnie said. "With just 166 kids in my
graduating class, it was a small school and we were
Bonnie said she had a "Monty Python, Pink Panther"
sense of humor, and that much of her comedy came from
trips and slips.
"I fell down in the middle of the halftime show at the
school football game," she said.
Bonnie described the outrageous tumble, which sent
her clarinet rocketing through the assembly.
At 16, a blundering Bonnie took her road test.
"In Pennsylvania, students took their driver's exams
on a course with a state trooper in the passenger seat,"
she said. "I was driving my dad's big old Chevy Impala. I
managed to do almost everything wrong. The worst part
was when I hit a curb and sent the state trooper flying into
the dashboard. He broke his pencil point and I couldn't
And while Bonnie's father was mortified, he eventually
laughed along with her and so many of her friends. At
age 21, Bonnie finally got her driver's license. These days,
you'll find her at the wheel of a golf car.
"I golf a little, but not well," Bonnie said, "and my
games are usually humorous."
It's been nearly nine years since she and her husband,
Tom, bought their Village of Hadley home. The two are
enjoying the community and stay active most days,
golfing, walking, attending classes and swimming in the
"I'm a water rat," Bonnie said. But to friends, she'll
always be a clown.
"I'm still making people laugh ... accidentally."