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, August 21, 2007

SNAPSHOTS FROM THE PAST: JOHNNY LADDIE


Once in while you see a performer playing a part in the ring who absolutely fits the part, in my eyes Johnny Laddie was one of those performers. I found the above composite of the Johnny Zoppe's Rhesus Monkeys when it was presented by David, his sister Sonja, with his father doing the comedy. To me it was & even though Johnny is gone, still is one of the "Classic" Animal Acts of all times.



As we all know, this act, along with Susan Sheryll's Royal Afghan Champions, is still being presented by David Zoppe & his lovely wife Susan.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

IT...WAS...ONE...OF...A....KINE...
GREAT...GREAT...ACT....
THERE...WAS...NO...COPY...NO...ONE...COULD...

8/27/2007 11:07 PM  
Anonymous johnny said...

Johnny always did an act with cute little terriors that would follow him, no strings and do the act , then back to the dressing room, etc. He always used a dog for the top mounter in his unseported ladder act. Hence the name "Johnny Laddie" The monkeys came later, but he was a great showman and had been a bareback rider with his family Zoppe-Zavatta troupe and I am sure nephew Jimmy Hall can tell us more about that. Incideentally I am quite aware that Jimmys father Mel was the all time great high unicycle rider. Pretty impressive credentials.

8/28/2007 4:58 PM  

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