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!

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

A WELCOME VISITOR: SUPER GADJO!!!!

We had a nice long visit yesterday with Davd Chabira who always finds time to stop & cut up some Jackpots on his way to or from visiting his in-laws Irene & Tony Fossett.
For those who don't know, David, who did several types of Aerial Acts, including designing, & building The Centron Aerial Platform Motorcycle Act, is now the Rigging Supt. for Cirque Du Soliel's, "O", in Las Vegas.

He left a very nice family portrait that you see below, but first a snapshot of another David from years ago that not many of us remember.



THE CHABIRA FAMILY
From right to left are, David, Christine, Lance, & Eric. Christine of course is the daughter of Irene, & Tony Fossett.



In the meantime I'm going to sit here watching a movie of Gene Autry, riding down the trail on his trusty horse Champion, chewing his Wriggley's Speermint Gum, pickin his Guitar, and singin,"I'm a rollin, I'm a rollin"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

GENE AUTRY
,,,,,,fact!!!!

21 Comments:

Blogger Down the Road by Jim said...

Let me get this streight -- Gene's riding a horse , playing a guitar , chewing gum , and singing too? how do you play a guitar on a horse -- wait, which way was he facing on the horse? Also, did I just post a picture of David 's wife tonight ???

1/17/2007 9:04 PM  
Blogger 24-HOUR-MAN said...

Because he's Gene Autry!!!! That ain't nothin, on one side of him are 50,000 Sooooox Indians, & on the other side are 40,000 Earakoosy Indians, but he ain't worried, he just rides along, strummin his guitar, chewin his Speermint gum, singin, "I'm a rollin, I'm a rollin"!!!!

Yes that's David's wife.

1/17/2007 10:34 PM  
Anonymous fatima said...

don't you understand??? that's how it was in them thar good ole
days...

1/18/2007 10:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

FATIMA...IS THAT OLE.... FOR...
OLE TOROS...OR OLE...FOR CAFFE OLE...
????? AAS ...LOL...

1/18/2007 1:54 PM  
Blogger 24-HOUR-MAN said...

I think both ways are acceptable, "ole",(without pronouncing the "e") or "ol", as in the song, "Ol Man River", except Lum Wong used to sing, "Ol Man Liver", & "Mexicali Lose".

1/18/2007 6:12 PM  
Anonymous fatima said...

thank you, 24-hour man, for clearing that up for anonymous..LOL

1/18/2007 6:59 PM  
Anonymous rebecca said...

A very dear friend in Colorado was from Japan. She told me I made a better Japanise wife then she did. She called me by the name of the female star in Shogun. Some letters are hard for them to pronounce. When I got divorced she called my X ah sew

1/18/2007 7:48 PM  
Blogger Down the Road by Jim said...

I didn't know that you could ride a horse AND play a guitar !!! Say , wait a minute -- where's his amplifier for the guitar ???

1/18/2007 7:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

24-HOUR-MAN.
YOU LOOK LIKE GENE AUTRY....

DO YOU SING...LIKE HIM....2.....?
AND CHEW...LIKE HIM....2...?
AND PICK...LIKE HIM..ON..GUITAR.,.2..?
GOOD...
GLAD U R BACKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK.

1/18/2007 8:44 PM  
Blogger 24-HOUR-MAN said...

They can say all they want about the other guy, this was my, "King of the Cowboys"!!!!

1/18/2007 9:22 PM  
Anonymous Ninette said...

I don't know of the chuwing gum, but I can recall when Gene Autry was going to follow the show in some bldg. he sent his manager to see if I would be his gest. I nicely said' Thank you' but No thank you. Now' if he would had said you' and your family then o.k.
But I do have his records for nostalgia reason.

1/18/2007 10:29 PM  
Anonymous Ninette said...

By the way Anonymous'.
What kind of caffe that has ole. Are you maybe referring to the French cafe aux lai't. ??

1/18/2007 10:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just for the record Gene Autry was a good friend of Dads. I remember him visiting with Gene many times when he was strummin his guitar on the same fair dates we were playing.

By the way the dictionary explains strummin as "to play on a stringed instrument noisily and with out expression." Fits in with some of todays music don't you think.
Penny

1/19/2007 3:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

PENNY... DID YOU REALY...HAD TO...
CHECK....IN THE DICK'....

I MEAN THE DICTIONARY'...
TO FIND OUT WATH...THE STRUMMIN... MEANINGGGGGG...???????.

HOW ....WONDERFUL!!!!!!!!

1/19/2007 3:48 PM  
Anonymous Ninette said...

Just had to play Gene Autry music, and the one that is really nostalgia for me, is the "Deep in the heart of Texas' It was played in our Theron's bicycle act.

1/19/2007 5:16 PM  
Anonymous larry allen dean said...

Does anyone remember his sidekick and bass singer or the name of the back-up singers crooning along as they rode the trails ?

1/21/2007 12:15 PM  
Blogger 24-HOUR-MAN said...

That would be Lester "Smiley" Burnette.

Did you know that while traveling in the car with Gene & hie wife on the way to Calif. Smiley was so impressed with the scenery in New Mexico he wrote a song on the back of a magazine cover. He thought he was pretty smart when he sold the song to Gene for $5.00.

When they sang it as a duet for the last time in 1965 on a TV Special, Smiley asked Gene if he thought the song might be worth another $5.00.

The name of the song was, "Ridin' Down The Canyon"

1/21/2007 3:57 PM  
Blogger 24-HOUR-MAN said...

My favorites were "The Son's of the Pioneers", backed Roy Rogers a lot, in his early career he was part of that group.

Gene had a group on his, "Melody Ranch Radio Show" called, "The Cass County Boys"!

1/21/2007 4:51 PM  
Anonymous rebecca said...

Lee Marvin is my kind of cowboy. His horse almost won an Oscar.

1/21/2007 7:08 PM  
Anonymous larry allen dean said...

Was Smiley Burnette the guy that was called "Froggy"?
Or am I thinking og another show ?
And didn't Gabby Hayes work on both Gene Autry's show and Roy Rogers show ?
I thought Sons of the Pioneers were Roy's back up ?

1/24/2007 6:32 PM  
Blogger 24-HOUR-MAN said...

Yes Smiley had sort of an alter ego, "Froggy Millhouse".

I can't remember if Gabby was sidekick for Gene or not, another sidekick was Pat Butrum(?sp), & then there was "Fuzzy" Knight, & I believe Fuzzy Q Jones(?).

Yes "The Son's" were Roy's back up, he started out in that group. I'm not sure though if they were in Gene's Movie "Tumbling Tumble Weeds".

Roy's real name was Leonard Sly, and it was one of those families where all the boys looked alike. My mother dated a cousin of his named Art Sly who looked just like Roy. Do you know another name Roy used when he first started in the movies?

1/24/2007 9:04 PM  

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