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!

Saturday, May 26, 2007

THE AMERICAN NATIONAL CIRCUS INC.

3 Comments:

Anonymous larry allen dean said...

was this after Jungleland of Thousand Oaks closed ?
Wasn't Roy Kabat running Jungleland when it closed ?
Parley,Yerkes, Wally Ross were all west coast guys at that time. Did this show tour ? and for how long ?

5/28/2007 9:49 AM  
Blogger 24-HOUR-MAN said...

larry:
I don't remember when the Compound closed, the last time I saw Roy Kabat was at the ill-fated Dobritch date in L.A. '68.

I don't know if this show left the west coast, maybe Roger S. can enlighten us.

5/28/2007 6:05 PM  
Blogger 24-HOUR-MAN said...

Roy Kabat & Al Dobritch:
They think there are a lot of stories in the big city, they should have been in the L. A. Sports Arena for the Dobritch show in '68. We went on strike over 16% of the total contract, picketed the bldg. etc. Dobritch finally gave in, & wrote checks, which we took to the box office & had cashed. At show time that night the show began as normal,,,,until Paul announced Ada Smeija, she sat in the back yard on the elephant she entered on, with Roy standing beside her. Dobritch came running out to see what was wrong and Roy was holding the check in the air. The box office had run out of money, Al didn't even slow down, he snatched the check out of Roy's hand & kept going. He returned a short time later with the cash, and the show went on.

5/28/2007 6:23 PM  

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