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Monday, December 25, 2006

FROM JOHN HERRIOTT'S CIRCUS TRIVIA TREASURES

Another circus trivia question.
A few short years ago there was a fellow that most of us knew. He was for many years a catcher for Eddie Zacchini, prop boss, trigger man on the cannon, etc. Prior to that he had worked in not one but two very famous circus acts widely acclaimed both here and abroad. What name did we know him by and what were the other two acts he worked in?

11 Comments:

Blogger 24-HOUR-MAN said...

I know who it is, & one of the acts, but I'm not going to blow it. The point I want to make is our bad habit of looking at someone in the business and judge them for what we see, without considering what they might have been at another time.

12/25/2006 2:12 PM  
Anonymous dpowhitetiger said...

This could be a wild guess....how about Walter Patterson? I love these trivia questions by John Herriott.......

12/25/2006 3:14 PM  
Anonymous Roger S said...

I was also going to say Walter Patterson. He was a catcher, was shot from the cannon, and did a terrific trampoline number.

12/25/2006 3:29 PM  
Anonymous Sue Lenz said...

I am pretty sure one of the acts were the "Rose Gold Trio"

12/25/2006 3:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wasn't he also a teeterboard catcher?

12/26/2006 8:58 AM  
Anonymous fatima said...

most definately Walter Patterson...

12/26/2006 9:53 AM  
Anonymous unohoo said...

Its not Walter but a couple of you are pretty close.

12/26/2006 10:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know George Alvarez was catcher, and at that time a fellow named Bala (Don't know how to spell the name) Bailer???? He was an all the round worker and worked for the Zacchini's a long time. Thanks John for keeping my thoughts active & working.

12/26/2006 1:00 PM  
Anonymous john herriott said...

A Hungarian who was with Zacchini for mant years and had previously been with the great Faludi teeterboard act and later was with the fabulous Rose Gould Trio. We knew him as Bela. Sue you were very close and MR and I thank you and Rudy for the nice Christmas gift. Its great and now I can look up and see what time it is.

When young Bela had one of those Mr. America Physiques that was perfect for the two men to compliment the great beauty and body of Rose Gould

12/27/2006 3:10 PM  
Blogger 24-HOUR-MAN said...

Hey John Herriott, WE THANK YOU!!!

12/27/2006 4:17 PM  
Anonymous Ninette said...

Bela' was not just a performer.In his youngers days he become the manager of Eddy Zachini fair dates, he traveler in a trailer full of equipment and rigging for the show. Sound ligths, and ring curves, e.c.t. He was his own rigger to put it up and put it down. His favorite question was do you know the Hungarian Rhapsody ??. Ninette & Technical adviser. and whhhoooo would that be???

12/28/2006 10:24 AM  

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