Rockford man’s animatronic creations may make second career

Cory Ackerman thought life as he knew it was over when he was diagnosed with a debilitating brain tumor. He found a new way to apply his old skills when he volunteered to create animatronic props for an American Legion fundraiser.

Cory Ackerman used to work on robotics for a factory in Boston and traveled the United States as part of his job. A brain tumor ended that career and landed him back in his hometown of Rockford. A member of the Rockford American Legion Post, Ackerman heard about a party fundraiser the post planned for […]