YESTERDAY'S TOWNS

HOWDY, MY NAME IS BILL STRONG, I'LL BE YOUR "24 HOUR MAN", ROUTING YOU INTO THE PAST TO SEE WHAT THE CIRCUS WAS IN DAYS GONE BY. IF YOU'RE LIKE ME, AND MISS WHAT IT USED TO BE, THEN COME ON ALONG AS WE GO DOWN THE ROAD FOLLOWING THE ARROWS BACKWARDS, TO "YESTERDAY'S TOWNS"! IF YOU HAVE CIRCUS RELATED PICTURES YOU WOULD LIKE POSTED, SEND THEM TO,,,,yesterday1@verizon.net,,,,AND WE WILL TRY TO FIT THEM IN. "24 HOUR MAN" WILL HAVE THE FINAL DECISION ON POSTING.

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Three years at CWM made me a real traditionalist, and I keep remembering Bob Parkinson saying, "I want the people to see what the circus used to be, not what it is today. That's what this site is about!

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

BAD TRIP # 5


Fortunately it was not the winch pole that came down, and we were able to use the winch to lower the wreckage, & the fallen pole to the ground. The nose cone was made of spun aluminumand it took a 10 ton jack to straighten out the dent, and even then there was a permanent wrinkle. By the way we received absolutely no help from the prop crew in the tear down. This accident repeated 9 months later on Garden Bros. in Three Rivers, Quebec, and at 7:am Ian knocked on my door to tell me Frank Dailey & the crew were waiting to help tear down.

4 Comments:

Blogger Mr. Lee said...

I knew you guys got plagued by some close calls, Im glad you were never seriosly injured, I think that Ian always ran a first class show, he was and still is a great showman, And Frank and his crew always helped above and beyond their duites!

5/16/2006 5:23 PM  
Blogger 24-HOUR-MAN said...

YES! on all counts. You know don't you that when Charlie was predicted to hit the bay area we were stuck here, Sandy called, and said, "Ian said to get your butts down here and get his pick up, & horse trailer and bring your stock down here". Of course then I proceeded to pull into a gas station and wipe out one of the running boards. And another time when I lost all the studs off my truck wheel and he stayed with us till we got it off the road at three in the morning, and then the next Morn. (Sunday) got a junk yard guy to open up and find us some studs. And I still say it was the best looking indoor show out there.

5/16/2006 6:07 PM  
Blogger 24-HOUR-MAN said...

PS: Frank was old school and even then they didn't make many like him, and they don't make any now!

5/16/2006 6:10 PM  
Anonymous Darryl said...

Ian ran a tight ship and was a class act with the horses as well. Frank was always there to help and this show moved every day without a hitch.

5/16/2006 9:49 PM  

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