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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Location: GIBSONTON, FLORIDA, United States

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!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

IN MEMORY OF ANOTHER SHOWMAN GONE TO REST: BILLY RODGERS

BILLY RODGERS PASSED AWAY THIS MORNING, NOVEMBER 24, 2008!

When I first met Billy Rodgers, he did a Cloudswing Act under the name of Billy Orwell, after his hometown, Orwell, Ohio. I'm sure Billy's career was cut short by a very bad automobile accident years ago, even though he continued performing I think the effects of the injuries eventually took their toll. He stayed connected to the circus business when he opened his, "Pirates Treasure Cove", and supplied us all with baubles, bangles, & beads, for many years.
Rest well dear friend.





RODGERS TROPICAL FANTASY


THE AERIAL WILKENS
This is Billy with his partner Kenny Dodd.


BILLY ORWELL 1964
Billy Rodgers Cloudswing.

6 Comments:

Anonymous Mireille. said...

Bill Cherie.
Thank you for posting Bill Rogers picture.they bring back so many nice memories,
He was a lovely person not to many like him,
he had a nice smile for everyone..and his love for every one also,
I am deeply touch by his passing, but for sure his Soul will live for ever.
Julian and Mireille.

11/24/2008 11:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

TRUDY AND I WILL MISS OUR TRIPS TO THE COSTUME SHOP TO GET SOME SEQUINS REAL QUICK AND WIND UP STAYING FOR AN HOUR TALKING AND LAUGHING WITH BILLY. THINGS WON'T BE THE SAME WITHOUT HIM.WE WILL MISS HIM A LOT.GOD REST HIS SOUL. JOANNE

11/25/2008 1:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will miss seeing Billy at the club and at all the circus events. He was a good friend and attended many get togethers at the Wilson compound. Joanne is right it won't be the same without him.
Penny

11/26/2008 7:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Billy will be missed by many - Did he and Kenny Dodd work The Aerial WIlkins as a "High Act" at Fairs. etc? Was surprised to hear about this part of his career. I knew he had worked Cloud Swing years ago. Thanks Markeno

11/27/2008 6:54 PM  
Blogger 24-HOUR-MAN said...

Hi Markeno,
Thank You for your comment, I think techically it would be better to describe the "Revolving Ladder" as an "Aerial Act", rather than a "High Act".

11/27/2008 8:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Billy helped me through hard times without asking anything in return. He was the Saint of Gibsonton. I am deeply sad that he is gone. May he rest in peace.

12/29/2008 6:49 PM  

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