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, December 16, 2008

SEAL ACT

VAN DONWENS

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Bill: What on earth did the penguins do? Were they just for the novelty of having penguins waddle around the ring or did they actually work in the act? I guess they could have slid down a slide if it was wet!?
Neil Cockerline
Minneapolis, MN

12/17/2008 5:34 PM  
Anonymous Jim A. said...

I saw the act a few times and as I recall the penguins appeared for a short time in the middle of the act. I think they took them out of a box, they walked around a bit, and then they put them in a prop that resembled a demonstration washing machine with a plexglas tub. The tub would move slowly and the penquins walked around. A slide would have been a good idea and not a big training challenge.

The act wasn't full of power tricks and some of the tricks weren't performed very well BUT that's just a sea lion trainer's opinion. The best part of the act was when they opened the door of the transport wagon five good looking animals hopped up on their seats. They stayed on their seats, did a few flashy balancing tricks and more, and when the whistle blew they quickly hopped back in the wagon. It was a very nice, and even in the 1960s, unique presentation.

12/20/2008 8:54 AM  

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