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!

Sunday, November 19, 2006

FROM JOHN HERRIOTT'S CIRCUS TRIVIA TREASURES

HERE IS ANOTHER GREAT QUIZ FROM JOHN HERRIOTT!?!?!?!?

Now, probably two of the most versatile and talented performers in the circus and their careers very closely paralell each other in the same time frame. Both danced on the tight wire, did foot slides for life, rode menage, worked liberty acts, did bareback riding and the last professional appearance each of them did was with poodle dog acts and amazingly they both had a great number of friends over the years who were named Mary. Name them.

15 Comments:

Blogger Mr. Lee said...

Good mornin'.. Sure sounds like the great Tommy Bentley is one of them..

11/20/2006 8:20 AM  
Blogger Mr. Lee said...

Im drawing a blank on Eddie's last name!!

11/20/2006 8:23 AM  
Blogger Mr. Lee said...

HENDRICKS !!

11/20/2006 8:24 AM  
Blogger 24-HOUR-MAN said...

To quote Buster (Haag) Hayes,,,,,,
"He jumped on that like a hound dog on a ham bone"

11/20/2006 2:41 PM  
Anonymous john herriott said...

And the winner is Mr. Lee and his prize is the guided tour of Gibtown, but he owns the motorcycle, so I guess he will have to wait until Evansville is over and ride in Joann's Rickshaw. And now the latest. What person starred in both Jumbo on Broadway and the movie Jumbo and what famous circus person was an important part of each production.?

11/21/2006 9:24 AM  
Anonymous dpowhitetiger said...

At last John you have posted a question that I can answer....That person was none other than The "Inka Dinka Doo" man Jimmy Durante..He appeared on Broadway at the old New York Hippodrome in Billy Rose's "JUMBO" in 1935. Then again in the 1962 movie "Jumbo." Mr. Durante passed away Jan., 29, 1980 of pneumonia..I was lucky enough to meet Jimmy back in the J. Kennedy Days. He was appearing at the GALA for Kennedy prior to becoming the President of the United States at the D.C.Armory. I ask Jimmy who was a Circus Fans Association card carrying member how he became interested in the CFA. His answer to the question was, "I learned about CFA during my days at the Hippodrome in "JUMBO and joined." He was a member until his dead. I still remember talking to Jimmy at the D. C. Armory I couldn't help but notice the size of his nose...No doubt he was with and for it till the end.

11/21/2006 10:07 AM  
Anonymous john h. said...

You got the first part. Now how about the second part?

11/21/2006 11:32 AM  
Blogger 24-HOUR-MAN said...

I'm not going to say his name, but I honstly believe a movie of his life, done in the fashion of "Moulin Rouge" # 2, & "Chicago", would be sensational.
Hollywood is blowing the arrows on this one.

11/21/2006 11:58 AM  
Blogger Mr. Lee said...

Vandar Barbette. Not to sure of the spelling though... Johnny, the Rick shaw would be a blast!!!

11/21/2006 5:28 PM  
Blogger Mr. Lee said...

I agree Bill, A movie of his life and accomplishments, could be really spectacular.

11/21/2006 5:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wath a great,
Turn over, from Johnny h.
opinion on the web-cite,
from feb to nov.

we are very please with his,interest in it...
we know now he wonth leat gooooo.
and he love it, and so do wee.

11/22/2006 12:42 PM  
Anonymous unohoo said...

OK Lee, you won with Barbette, so lets see now. You got the Motorcycle ride, the waiting rickshaw ride and latest I could probably induce Jim Elliot to give you the tour in his golf cart.

11/22/2006 12:54 PM  
Anonymous john h. said...

I realize that maybe Jim Elliott left his golf cart stored up in MICH. FOR THE WINTER waiting for the trapping season to open in April, so I may be able to get that retired famous Spainish wire walker up in Gibtown, Belmonte Florenz to take you around in his Bentley convertible. I under stand it is an older pre-war model that still runs good. It might need a grease job and oil change. I think this computer is driving me nuts.

11/22/2006 3:21 PM  
Anonymous unohoo said...

It occurs to me that I should not make so much noise here on the blog in regard to finding some vehicle for the Gibtown tour because if Gee Gee hears about it she might throw away the walker and hook up the team for a ride in the dog sled the next snowfall up there.

11/22/2006 3:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If it gets any colder, that may be sooner than you think. Keep up the noise, we love it.

11/22/2006 6:33 PM  

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