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, February 08, 2008

WILD ANIMAL ACT # 3: ANDRE SKARBECKI

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8 Comments:

Anonymous Mr. Lee said...

Andre, What a first class guy. Always elegant and a gentleman. We became good friends and I miss him. His was a slow depilitating death and all to soon, I always teased him about how many times he'd crack the whip in the act, It's for the people in the seats! he always said.

2/10/2008 12:07 AM  
Anonymous Wade G. Burck said...

mr. lee,
You are correct on Andre's whip skill's. I would also like to ad Lou Regan and Billy Baker to that list.
You forgot showmanship? In 1975 dear Andre spent an hour, showing me how to jump on an elephant tub "softly and with elegance", at the conclusion of the elephant act.
Wade Burck

2/11/2008 12:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi....my name is Andrea Skarbecki....Andre's Daughter...go figure with the name....i just wanted to say thank you for putting this up...i haven't seen my dad perform in years since he has passed away...this little clip really mad me smile to see that people valued his showmanship so much. if you have any questions about him that you would like to know you can email me at askarbecki@judson.edu


thanks
Andi

6/07/2009 3:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOW!!!

7/06/2009 4:29 PM  
Blogger corkey said...

well if you watch that video you can see me walking around the cage I was Andre's first cage boy"girl"
My name is Kimmi to those that know me in the Circus world... thank you Bill for posting this... Wade you know me too,, I trained tigers for many years for Cuneo and Mr. Lee if that is Lee Keener and I hope it is... all my email is everydaymagic@yahoo.com,
Love to all my old friends, and the good ole days... we were living the dream Bill tell Trudy, Steven and David I send my love...

7/15/2009 9:41 AM  
Blogger 24-HOUR-MAN said...

~THANK YOU KIM~
Good to hear from you kid, I want to add To your comment, that "Obie" was one of your pupils, as I remember you had him for a year. everyone who has worked with him loves him. One trainer even tried to buy him from John!

7/15/2009 10:54 AM  
Blogger 24-HOUR-MAN said...

By the way Mr. Lee is Lee Stevens, Lee Keener is, like many of our old friends, is no longer with us.

7/15/2009 10:57 AM  
Blogger corkey said...

I am so sorry to hear about Lee Keener, we spent many a summer touring with Lee and his family, Jeanette and Tanya... I kept in touch for many years when they lived in Nokomis... but like so many others we have gone our seperate ways... if anyone knows where Tanya or Jeanette is please contact me at everydaymagic@yahoo.com
as for Mr. Lee,, OMG I knew him from the poodle days... I got up with him in maybe 99,or 2000 at a fair in statesville, Nc... I was organ grinding with my monkey(which I still have) and Lee and family where doing Baboon act... they had some delima about transportion and I loaned Lee a dually to take a puppet show trailer( if I remember correctly) to Florida. so big Hi to Lee and family... I will be checking in regarly with the 24 animal man... sorry about any misspelled words...

7/18/2009 9:01 AM  

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