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!

Friday, July 27, 2007

FAVORITE THINGS #10 :CLOWNS

I have to say that if I were to have an "also ran", or "honorable mention", in this group, it would take 6 posts to list the names of the clowns I've enjoyed through the years. Note the song title is, " These Are A [Few] Of My Favorite Things"

CONNIE & DIME WILSON
If I ever wished anything for newly weds, it would be in-laws like mine!!!!


DANNY CHAPMAN
J.C,Penny once said, "When you fall down,,,,get up", this guy personifies that philosophy!!!!


BUMPSY ANTHONY
Never imitated, it can't be done.


CHESTER BOBO BARNETT
In Germany they have a term, "Ear Worm", that's a song you can't get out of your head, wouldn't be bad if it was BoBo, playing "Peg O' My Heart"!


OTTO GRIEBLING
When I was on a show with him I never missed his come-in.


THE SHERMAN BROTHERS
Chester & Joe Sherman, nuff said!!!!

CARL MARX
Another great come-in clown!

RUDY DOCKEY, BUMPSY ANTHONY, & DIME WILSON
What? Three shows a day for half a weeks pay????
Hamid-Morton& Hunt bros. Circus, Palisades Park, NJ, 1957.

6 Comments:

Anonymous Tavana said...

Rudy Dockey was an amazing clown; he played classical music with a balloon!

7/28/2007 5:40 PM  
Blogger 24-HOUR-MAN said...

I've always said he made a balloon sound like a Stradivarius, he was a very talented man, & it was sad that his later years were as they were.

7/28/2007 6:06 PM  
Anonymous Herta said...

just read you were in hospital
whatever was wrong, hope your allright now.
Where was Trudy in your favorite
animal acts? I enjoy your blog.Herta

7/29/2007 12:05 PM  
Blogger 24-HOUR-MAN said...

herta: there's not enough room, that'll take a whole 'nother post,,,, one of these days!!!!

A bad infection in my lower left lung, the Dr. told me Fri. if they hadn't caught it, you wouldn't be reading this now. I'm on an IV here at home that pumps anti- biotics into me every 8 hrs. & am on the mend.

7/29/2007 12:51 PM  
Anonymous fatima said...

Did any one know that Mr Docky, in his younger years, was a great tumbler?
I believe he worked with my father on the Sarassani Circus about a 100 years ago...LOL

7/30/2007 8:59 AM  
Blogger 24-HOUR-MAN said...

I wish I had seen him when he was younger, even then in '57 he would still stand behind his shoes and do a gainer somersault, landing in the shoes.

7/30/2007 10:33 AM  

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