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!

Thursday, August 06, 2009

~REGARDING LEO GASCA~

IN MARCH OF THIS YEAR I RECEIVED A QUESTION REGARDING THE WHEREABOUTS OF LEO GASCA. I RECEIVED THIS, IN AN EMAIL TODAYI am Leo Gasca's niece. My uncle died about 3 years ago. He lived in California. He was married to my Aunt Josephine Gasca who passed away several years ago.

Joann

~The following came as a comment but I thought itn deserved better exposure.~

From Dave Price
Many thanks for this information. I am the one who had asked about Leo both here and on Buckles Blog.

What a great guy was Leo. In 1972 I think it was I was in a washateria in some now-forgotten town putting a poster in the window for the Hanneford show. There was no attendent but I put a panel date in the window and left a couple of tickets in a box they had there in hopes that the poster would stay or "live" as we called it.

There was a guy in there doing his laundry and he said, "What show is that for?" and I responded, "The Hanneford Circus." I was surprised when he then asked, "Which Hanneford?" and when I said "Tommy" he said he knew Tommy and his folks. So we got acquainted right there.

He was presenting an assembly program at a nearby school in town in about an hour so I went and found my wife Mary Jane and we went to the show, which by the way was excellent.

Leo invited us over to his trailer for supper. He said, "You bring the beer and I'll furnish the steaks, which sounded good to us so we took him up on it.

We visited many times after that, usually when he would come through here playing schools and after we got off the road. We were very fond of him and I regret his passing.

Thanks again, Dave

5 Comments:

Anonymous Dave Price said...

Many thanks for this information. I am the one who had asked about Leo both here and on Buckles Blog.

What a great guy was Leo. In 1972 I think it was I was in a washateria in some now-forgotten town putting a poster in the window for the Hanneford show. There was no attendent but I put a panel date in the window and left a couple of tickets in a box they had there in hopes that the poster would stay or "live" as we called it.

There was a guy in there doing his laundry and he said, "What show is that for?" and I responded, "The Hanneford Circus." I was surprised when he then asked, "Which Hanneford?" and when I said "Tommy" he said he knew Tommy and his folks. So we got acquainted right there.

He was presenting an assembly program at a nearby school in town in about an hour so I went and found my wife Mary Jane and we went to the show, which by the way was excellent.

Leo invited us over to his trailer for supper. He said, "You bring the beer and I'll furnish the steaks, which sounded good to us so we took him up on it.

We visited many times after that, usually when he would come through here playing schools and after we got off the road. We were very fond of him and I regret his passing.

Thanks again, Dave

8/07/2009 10:54 AM  
Anonymous Mireille. said...

Bill Cherie;
We all wish you a very fast recovery,
We all miss you,
so get well soon and get back on the blog.
Trudy take good care,
We all love you,
sincerely Mireille.

8/12/2009 8:02 AM  
Anonymous dpowhitetiger said...

Trudy please tell Bill we are praying for him and get well soon....Thanks to Strong and Wilson Family for their contributions to the circus world...

8/16/2009 1:41 PM  
Blogger Down the Road by Jim said...

Geeze Bill --- I thought my computer demons were keeping your blog from uploading for me --- what's the deal ?????? are you O.K. ???? The thought did occure to me that you were just goofing off , but I dismissed that early on --- bloggers get blogging in their veins , like sawdust , only different , and just live for the morning they can post some moldy old joke for their audience ( at least I do ) -- You can't retire from retirement I've been told , and I doubt that any of us would want to --- get well ,or better , or what-ever and back on the job ---- I've got some new short horse jokes to try out on you --- Jim

8/24/2009 7:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this comment came from Pat Cashin, but was accidently erased when I was trying to clean out a couple hundred un-answered emails. Thank you Pat.
"Bill, how are you feeling? Hope all is well, and if not "well" then at least "better"!"

9/06/2009 10:51 AM  

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