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!

Sunday, March 09, 2008

CHEESE BOX PICS #6: TIPTOEING THROUGH THE TULIPS

BILLY BARTON, MYSELF, & BOBBY DAVIS

Sitting in the rock garden at Circus Farms,,,,,,, And no wisecracks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

13 Comments:

Anonymous Wade G. Burck said...

Billy,
This is this what's called a menage aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
Jesus!!! You scared me!!!!!!!! All right, no wisecracks then. Geez
Wade Burck

3/10/2008 9:08 AM  
Anonymous Ron Perry said...

Surely you knew this would invite comments. Sorry Bill, I didn't mean to call you Surely. No wisecracks from me, but I will check back, and I can't wait to find a long string of entertaining remarks on this photo from Wade and others!

Ron

3/10/2008 5:51 PM  
Anonymous Wade G. Burck said...

Ron,
I was waiting to see if he was going to yell at anybody else. Thanks for responding.
HELLO!!!!!!! What's a cowboy sandwich?
It's a slice of Ohio baloney between two pieces of Maryland white bread.
God bless both of them. They were special, and I miss them.
Wade Burck

3/10/2008 8:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Author, legend, entertainer, definite Sensation in every connotation of the word. I remember the first of second time I worked in Rochester, very early on in my clown years. Billy ran through the fireworks at the end of his act and his headress caught fire. He stood there, unaware, arms out styling and I thought to myself . . . "now there's something I never thought I'd really ever see . . . (you supply the rest . . .)
Bruce the clown

3/11/2008 5:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bruce the clown,
I want to thank you, and I want to tell you to mind your own business, all in the same breath.
Thank you for the Billy Barton story, but I wish you had minded your own business, because at this moment I am really missing him bad.
I think the, "never another one like him" statement should be thrown away. Who else would we use it for? If you will excuse, I have something in my eye.
Wade Burck

3/12/2008 4:15 PM  
Anonymous ron perry said...

well, in my humble opinion, the phrase "never be another like him" applies to all three characters in this photo, and applies to Wade and Bruce, and most circus people I knew in my 25 years on the road. Having made the transition to "real life," I'm afraid I have to report that the majority of real work world people seem to be from the same 3 or 4 boring cookie cutters, and the world would be a whole lot more entertaining if we had more characters like showpeople mingled in!

3/12/2008 5:05 PM  
Anonymous Wade G. Burck said...

Ron,
God the memories, huh. I applaud your successful transition back to "real life" where we both started at. I like a recovering addict, was not so successful. I fell off the wagon in 2002, after returning to the "real world" in 1994. As Al Pachino said in CARLITO'S WAY, "I tried to get out, but each time I did, they puuuuled me back in.
Best wishes, and continued success, my friend,
Wade Burck

3/12/2008 7:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SR...WADE...G...BURCK....
WE..ENJOY...ALL...YOUR...COMMEMTS..
AND..GLAD...THAT...YOU..ARE...ON...THIS...SITE...
KEEP...UP...YOUR...GOOD...COMMEMTS...
ONLY...YOU....
CAN...DO...IT...

3/13/2008 11:05 AM  
Anonymous ron perry said...

yeah Wade, lots of good memories. 1974 especially stands out in memory...it was my first tour of bigger Shrine dates. You were there shovelling tiger poop and learning your trade with Lou Regan. I was wet behind the ears and trying not to mess my pants climbing to the tops of some very high arenas on my little wire every show. And Billy Barton, Andrew Kirby, Ronritas, Syd Moore, Teddy and Lisa Stewart, Lottie Brunn and Michael Chirrick, Aguilars, Louis Munoz were all there and good freinds. Probably others I can't think of now. It can be hard to get a real job after what we've seen, but I have to say life is pretty good now. It's a whole lot easier on an old guy like me, and I've learned that making good money means you actually have some left over at the end of the year.

3/14/2008 11:42 AM  
Anonymous Wade G. Burck said...

Ron,
Why did you have to bring up that "tiger poop" deal? The assumution is I fell of the Columbia bandwagon grandstanding, and fell into this thing of ours, only being able to do it with the assistance of everybody from Cuccillo(you did forget somebody) to John Cuneo Jr., to Jimmy Hamid Sr. We ALL did the best we could,with WHAT we had. I don't believe you about that money deal though,Ron. If I keep squeezing this rock, water should be flowing soon. Thanks for taking this old man for a walk down memory lane.
Wade Burck

P.S. Billy, Mrs. "Ronrita" made my first costume, and I don't recall, there being any "suggestion", that a rhinestone setting be left open. That came later. LOL

3/14/2008 1:03 PM  
Blogger 24-HOUR-MAN said...

Wade: I was referring to the costumes Joanne made for you when you went on Ringling, I wanted to leave one prong unclenched in the seat, but she & Trudy wouldn't let me.
Bill

3/14/2008 2:23 PM  
Anonymous Wade G. Burck said...

Billy,
I know that, friend. Thank you Trudy and JoAnn, for having my back that day. I just wanted to point out that, she was not a dirty, hateful, #%$*&^ as Lou would have said, like some costume helpers I know. If she had been, I would have been gone like a big bird that day, and you would not have been helping with the legendary Golden Eagle costume, 10 years later. Between you, me, and the fence post, don't you start misinterpreting. There's enough of that going around already.
Your friend,
Wade Burck

3/14/2008 4:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WADE...G...BURCK...
HOW...MANY....GOLDEN...EAGLE...
COSTUME.....HAD...YOU....????

AND....HOW....MANY...GOLDEN...EAGLE
COSTUME...MAKER....HAD...YOU....???

DO...THEY...ALL...STILL...HAVE....
YOUR....MEASUREMENT....????...LOL..

WITH.....ALL....THOSE....RHINESTONE..AND...SILICONE...OVER...IT...
IN...THE...INSIDE.....???
...LOL...

3/14/2008 8:03 PM  

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