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!

Monday, December 22, 2008

IN MEMORY OF REX "COUNT DE BOXCAR" YOUNG

Rex Young passed away yesterday from injuries sustained in a fall in his home in Holland, Michigan. I will add more details when they become available. Native Americans have an expression, "My heart is on the ground", needless to say this is true, we are deeply saddened by the loss of a dear friend.
I just spoke with Sandy, and she is holding up well under the circumstances, we even managed to talk of some of the good times we all had together, & there were many. Rest well dear friend,,,,we will miss you!





REX & HIS SIDEKICK CABOOSE



5 Comments:

Anonymous Jerry Jay said...

Rex was truely one of the funniest clowns I have seen. I worked with him the season of 1963 and I can not put a value on the things he taught me about clowning. I don't think he knew how funny he was. We have lost a great talent.

Jerry

12/23/2008 2:40 AM  
Anonymous Herriott family said...

I was on Mills Bros. with him in the very early 60s and worked with him numerous times along the way as did our whole family. He was a fine fellow, great circus clown and one of the real "good Guys". Our deepest sympathy.

12/23/2008 8:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a perfect example of why we should call our friends more often. When I was in Palm Springs I looked up Rex and Sandy's phone numbrer. I wanted to tell them about Circuspace so they could talk to all of their old friends.I have showed Holland Mi.several times in the past few years, so I have had some good visits with them. However I never got around to calling.So when we were driving thru Michigan this week I got the number out and called. Sandy said Rex died the night before. We love Rex and Sandy and will miss Rex .He was a great guy and I know Sandy will miss him so much. They were a perfect couple. Joanne

12/24/2008 1:24 PM  
Anonymous Paul Gunneman said...

I was blessed to have known Rex since 1998 to the month he passed away. In 1998 he was performing as Boxcar the Clown at a local fair. I took a picture of him and painted a large painting from it. Later I learned the this particular clown actual lived in town so I brought the painting over and gave it to him as a gift. We've been friends ever since. Often going out for lunch at least once a month and sometime his wife Sandy would come along. There he would tell me stories of circus life of a clown and who all he knew. I was hooked on all the tales and we were talking about doing a book on his life but sadly never got around to it. As he would often say, "I don't know where the time all goes." At the funeral they had up on the podium a large picture of him and Sandy as clowns by a circus elephant and the painting I did in 1998. (That kind of choked me up.) I wrote in the guest register that God needed laughter so he sent up a clown. May God bless all the clowns that make the world a happier place.

1/01/2009 6:09 PM  
Anonymous Paul Gunneman said...

I was blessed to have known Rex since 1998 to the month he passed away. In 1998 he was performing as Boxcar the Clown at a local fair. I took a picture of him and painted a large painting from it. Later I learned the this particular clown actual lived in town so I brought the painting over and gave it to him as a gift. We've been friends ever since. Often going out for lunch at least once a month and sometime his wife Sandy would come along. There he would tell me stories of circus life of a clown and who all he knew. I was hooked on all the tales and we were talking about doing a book on his life but sadly never got around to it. As he would often say, "I don't know where the time all goes." At the funeral they had up on the podium a large picture of him and Sandy as clowns by a circus elephant and the painting I did in 1998. (That kind of choked me up.) I wrote in the guest register that God needed laughter so he sent up a clown. May God bless all the clowns that make the world a happier place.

1/01/2009 6:09 PM  

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