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!

Thursday, April 12, 2007

SNAPSHOTS BACK DOWN THE ROAD #4

THE LaBLONDE TRIO.
Bill, Bruce & Blondie, this was the last of the old time Comedy Aerial Bar Acts. Our music was "Happy Days Are Here Again", played as a Gallup, loud & fast, and that's how we worked from start to finish. I once heard Orrin Davenport say,"There's the best act there is to open a show

3 Comments:

Anonymous dpowhitetiger said...

This photo brings back my first Columbus Shrine Circus memories. And of course the great Orrin Davenport, Produced Columbus, OH Shrine Circuses...Ray Wagenhorst, was the longtime Shrine Circus Chairman along with Orrin Davenport produced the GREATEST Shrine Circuses during the 50's...Orrin was correct with his account of your act..Thanks Bill for your part in the act and thanks Orrin Davenport..

4/12/2007 10:12 AM  
Blogger 24-HOUR-MAN said...

You know I was thinking this morn. while looking at the picture of Orrin in the Al-Sirat Fez. I remember when Forrest Wilson was chairman there, & Eddie Stinson in Detroit, Cecil Burns in Indianapolis, Simmons in Winnipeg,etc, etc. When people started complaining about all those "old fogies", & graft, & corruption, and the need to get new, young faces. So they got rid of all those "old fogies". Need I say more?

I repeat a conversation on the Texas dates once, someone said there wasn't a producer left that could put on a good show, I replied, that's all right, there isn't a committee left that would know one. I know there are a couple of exceptions, Evansville comes to mind, but then look how long they keep the same chairman.

4/12/2007 11:17 AM  
Anonymous dpowhitetiger said...

Memories, Memories...We are still making memories here in PA..Thanks to Pittsburgh Shrine Circus,Paul Leavy, Shrine Circus Chairman (just completed) and Bill Troxell,Jaffa Shrine Circus Chairman..Just ask any performer who has worked in their buildings what they think about Paul and Bill...Both shows by all indications will be a complete success again this year...Crowds were up in Pittsburgh with Halls Bears, Clayton Rosaires Tigers, Carson & Barnes Elephants..Same in Altoona except for Halls Bears..Altoona is a seven day date...2007 Tickets sales look fantastic for Altoona..68th Jaffa Shrine Circus opens April 16th..Circus Day Bonanza is April 21st with a large number of CFA Fans coming in from all over.Both shows Produced by Struppi Hanneford. ALL ROADS LEAD TO PA..

4/13/2007 8:25 AM  

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