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!

Friday, September 01, 2006

VANDER CLYDE BROADWAY: "BARBETTE"



I had intended at this time to post a mini-biography of Barbette, in doing some research I discovered as many varying stories of his life & career as there are quotations of his famous remarks. I found that I had opened a "Pandora's Box" of information on a man who has to be one of the most fascinating personalities in entertainment history.
So I am offering two photos from his early years, and advising you to go to Google Search, and type in,,,,barbette in circus,,,, look for,,,,

John Culme's Footlight Notes
http://footlightnotes.tripod.com/Barbette.html

Handbook of Texas Online: Clyde, Vander
http://www.tsha.utexas.edu/handbook/online/articles/CC/fcl54_print.html

FI Pictorial Tributes Epilogue,(remarks here include Joe Sherman).
http://phantomdragon.com/THELEGEND/epilogue.htm

The top photo is Paris 1925, the other is Bertram Mills Circus 1927.

7 Comments:

Anonymous Roger S said...

For so flamboyant a person as he was, I was a little surprised to learn Vander Clyde Broadway was born in Round Rock, Texas. Two other notorious names connected to Round Rock are the train robber Sam Bass, who died in a downtown gunfight with the Texas Rangers, and the infamous con artist, Soapy Smith (no kin).

9/01/2006 6:10 PM  
Anonymous Rebecca said...

NO boobs or butts hanging out here. I had almost forgotten about this wonderful man. He could make any woman feel and look beautiful. He was one of a kind and all too special.

9/01/2006 7:40 PM  
Blogger 24-HOUR-MAN said...

I think he was probably the closest thing to Flo Ziegfield the Circus ever had.

9/01/2006 10:00 PM  
Anonymous Roger S said...

Barbette never had to expose a lot of skin to make his girls look wondrous or a production unforgettable. His genius was sheer showmanship, exquisite taste in what would entertain the public, and unlimited creativity. I can name a show that needs to get on it's knees right now and beg for such a man.

9/01/2006 11:39 PM  
Blogger 24-HOUR-MAN said...

Vander Clyde, "Barbette" left Round Rock at the age of 14

9/02/2006 4:47 PM  
Anonymous Roger S said...

Parley Baer told this story to Mac and Peggy MacDonald and I on his show, in Temple, Texas, in 1974. Parley and Ernestine threw one of their big parties and Barbette casually asked what they were having. Parley said, "Tossed salad, roast beef with all the trimmings, hot rolls, and all kinds of fruits." Barbette smiled and said, "You needn't be rude."

9/02/2006 10:05 PM  
Blogger 24-HOUR-MAN said...

The Polack Show ballet girls used to practice in the gym in Sarasota, that later became The Heidleburg German Restaurant. I was sitting in a row of chairs that lined the wall, about two chairs away there was a nice looking young man, and as Barbette walked by the young man said, "How do you do Barbette", Barbette stopped, looked back over his shoulder, and said, "How do I do WHAT?"

9/03/2006 5:55 PM  

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