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!

Monday, August 14, 2006

PARTY TIME # 2


Billy Barton used to call her "The Bionic Grandmother", I tell you she had no trouble keeping up with the rest of us, I remember her going to the Zocalo in downtown Mexico City with Bill Bannister on the subway, and you had to be super tough to ride that thing. This is Auralia Hall, with Trudy & I in the wee hours of the morning.

3 Comments:

Blogger Mr. Lee said...

Hi Bill, I don't think most folks realized what a fantastic woman Aureilia was, She spoke at least five languges fluently,was a fountain of knowledge on all things related to the circus and a hard assed survivor, I loved her, and miss her.

8/15/2006 7:22 AM  
Anonymous Roger S said...

It was a privilege to be with her and her family for two seasons with Castle. When I'd go after meat, she'd always say, "Don't forget. Bring me a tenderloin." And I did. When Hubert returned with a big catch, he gave her the biggest fishes for her bears. The whole family was great. I wasn't surprised when she needed hip replacements, she had both done at once. Not only bionic, but truly the Godmother of the Circus. What a lady to remember.

8/15/2006 12:41 PM  
Anonymous Ron Perry said...

I also felt priveledged to know that family. I was sitting next to Auralia in the audience when Vargas came to St. Pete or Clearwater in 75 or 76. The high wire rigging crashed into the seats, directly onto her. I believe she was good before and needed a cane afterwards, but I swear a normal person would have been dead on the spot.

8/15/2006 12:51 PM  

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