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!

Thursday, June 29, 2006

SNAPSHOTS: GIL GRAY CIRCUS



The first snapshot is Dave Hoover in 1961, Dave had bought the Gil Gray Cat Act, that Lou Regan had worked the year before. It consisted of the aluminum arena, the open side semi trailer, and three Lions, 2 females, Sister & Nell, and a male named Menalek(Spl?), if I remember right the male went to Pat Anthony, and wound up a terrific door cat. The bottom picture is Karli Peterson, who worked the Gil Gray animals, including Gil's elephants, Minnie, Tillie, & Jennie,(Thank You Buckles, for the names)

8 Comments:

Anonymous dutchess42 said...

This photo of Dave Hoover sure does not look like I remember him in the 60s. Looks too young.

6/29/2006 10:22 PM  
Blogger Mr. Lee said...

hey Bill, Looks like the Gutty's props behind the guy with the leopard??

6/30/2006 7:45 AM  
Blogger 24-HOUR-MAN said...

Joe Lemke & partner Marvin Varner at one time did a "spin off" on Norbu,probably the first, or at least one of the first of many. He of course was furious, I guess forgetting that he had originally been one of the Gutis. Joe in Frank Buck attire would enter in a mini Model T with Marvin's wife riding beside him dressed Gay 90's, pulling a little trailer with a Gorilla in a cage, etc. etc. etc.

6/30/2006 8:33 AM  
Anonymous l a dean said...

Great stuff, Bill

6/30/2006 9:06 AM  
Blogger Pat Cashin said...

You gotta love those ring curbs!

Any photos of Norbu, the Lemke & Varner version or the Guttis?

I've seen the Guttis on Ed Sullivan and I have to say that it must have been the most well timed, fast paced piece of circus comedy I've ever seen!

6/30/2006 3:53 PM  
Blogger 24-HOUR-MAN said...

The sections in that ring were straight, but not so long to lose the ring effect. Gil spent lots of $ on paint, yard goods, and sequins & feathers. It was aptly named "The Show Beautiful".
The Gutis were another once in a lifetime act. The best thing was once it started it didn't stop till it was over.

6/30/2006 4:39 PM  
Anonymous J C Hall said...

Gil told me about the cat act on his show during the Disney era ,the cats came from the Alfred Court act. Joe Horworth presenter. Also leopards, Karly worked were the infamous Pinky and Sheba. The last year I worked on the road route, the livestock / presenter was, in Tibor Alexander's words, Bucky De Steel.

7/01/2006 12:10 PM  
Anonymous Tepa Hall said...

You could watch the Gutis every day, every show and it made you laugh every time !

7/01/2006 12:28 PM  

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