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!

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

SARASOTA CIRCUS RING OF FAME: ALBERTO ZOPPE

Here are some photos of The Alberto Zoppe Troupe of "Bareback" Riders from the early 1950's, to the mid 1950's, courtesy of Penny Wilson Rodriguez.



Clockwise are, Bea Konyot, "?", Ruggera Zoppe, Aileen Hartman, & Annie Robbins Edleson.




On the horse is Jackie Bostock, Cucciolo, & Alberto; on the ground is Joanie Letty Valentine, Annie Robbins Edleson, Netta, Ruggera Zoppe, Penny Wilson Rodriguez, & Bea Konyot.




Cucciolo's sister Netta,(now Mrs. Ray McMahann)Joannie Letty Valentine, Ruggera Zoppe, Alberto, Penny Wilson Rodriguez, Fay Romig Snyder, & Bea Konyot, and in front is Cucciola, oooops!, Cucciolo!!!!( for those of you who don't remember Cucciolo use to enter as a little girl, and lose the wig while swinging on the mechanic).




A little switch in personel here, on the bottom is Charlotte "Zeke" Walsh, Alberto, & Aileen Hartman, on top is Penny Wilson Rodriguez, young Tino Zoppe, & Monte Del Moral.

3 Comments:

Anonymous rebecca said...

I learn something new about "ZEKE" all most daily. She was always one of my favorite people to be around. A great human being that never got a lot of credit for all she did for and with the circus.

1/25/2007 7:36 AM  
Anonymous fritz lauber said...

ths is fritz lauber ruggera and i were married, that on the left on the bottom is not zeke i can't recal her name now but she was a flier on ringing in the 40s

1/30/2007 3:14 PM  
Anonymous FRITZ LAUBER said...

THAT PICTURE THE OTHER DAY WASN'T ZEKE IT WAS SKEE I THINK HER LAST NAME WAS MATAUSH SHE WAS I N A FLYING ACT

2/04/2007 2:10 PM  

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