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"!
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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!
Subj: Bad News....Dale Riker Friends....I am very sorry to advise that our good friend Dale Riker was stricken with what appears to be a fatal illness while on the road this week with Ev. He is in a hospital in Autin, Texas. Prognosis is not good and things are moving very fast. Fr. Jerry Hogan called me with this news a few minutes ago after being advised by one of Dale's children. He and I asks your prayers for this very great guy....Paul Ingrassia
SERVICES WILL BE HELD ON THURSDAY, JULY 2ND, AT SOUTHERN FUNERAL HOME, ON RIVERVIEW DRIVE, JUST WEST OF HIWAY 301, IN RIVERVIEW. THE NUMBER, IF YOU NEED DIRECTIONS IS 813-671-3121. VIEWING,,,,,2:00PM SERVICE,,,,.3:00PM FOLLOWED BY A "CELEBRATION OF LIFE", RECEPTION AT THE GIBSONTON SHOWMAN'S CLUB.
~FROM JOANNE: "CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG" GUEST BOOK~
JOANNE & PEE WEE ARE IN DALLAS SO THEY'LL HAVE LOTS OF COMPANY THERE, HERE ARE TODAY'S VISITORS.
These are the 2:00 Sun show guests—Kay, a longtime friend of Shirley (Henry) Atayde, Cathy Hetzer, Shirley, and Joanne
The second photo is Cathy's husband Steve, Cathy, Joanne, Shirley, Pee Wee and the young man is Cathy's grandson Jacob. We had a great visit and Jacob was in heaven as I took them on a backstage tour and one of the stars of the show spent time with us and talked to Jacob a lot about the show Thanks Guys for coming to see the show. ~UPDATE~ O6/29/09: ~JOANNE & PAUL CREASON~For those who don't know Paul, he is a graduate of the "Gil Gray School Of Circus Experience", & "Paul Kaye Circus University". He is also a former Edmundo "Papa" Zacchini, "Cannonball".
~IN MEMORY OF: OUR GOOD FRIEND AND NEIGHBOR ROY "HUSTON" HUSTED~
I received a call from Yuka today with the sad news that Roy passed away in his sleep during the night. I didn't get any details, except he had been feeling good in spite of some recent health problems. She would like friends to hold their calls for a couple days, I think we all understand that. Roy will surely be missed.
I always thought Roy had the perfect eyes for an Illusionist. Roy & Yuka at the "Showfolks", seniors party a couple weeks ago.
I borrowed the following video & remarks are from the magic news website "itricks", hopefully with their permission, so it could be seen by his many circus friends. We live just across the street from Roy & Yuka & we have been friends for many years, we will miss him.
We’ve been informed that Roy Huston is no longer with us. This video, produced only hours after word was released that he is no longer with us features some great old footage and what looks to be a recent interview with The Amazing Huston. iTricks wishes to express our condolences to all friends and family.
FROM ROGER SCHULTE: I am still in shock. It was a few weeks ago I had planned to stop by and see Roy but did not make it. My partner Melissa and I spend 10 years making the film Gibtown and Roy was the spiritual center of the film. He was a master of illusion not just on stage but with life itself. He knew that that this small place called earth is what you make it! He transformed any space he was in with his stories and imagination. All I could do after hearing the news was try to create something fast from the footage I had and let my thoughts ride the road. Roy is a true artist and his life is the work that is displayed in the memories of all that met him. PLanet Gibtown will not be the same without you! Yuka my thoughts are with you. Roger Schulte FROM: MEL SHACHAT-EDMON I will miss Roy very much. I had the honor of meeting him many years ago while making "Gibtown", the documentary on Gibsonton and its amazing residents. I am very saddened by the news, he was a unique guy, filled with laughter, talent, magic and always a great story to tell. I learned so much from him from the history of spook shows, to the great houdini, to the life of an illusionist (your really a furniture mover!) RIP Roy, I'm sure your doin your magic in a special place. - Luv, Mel Shachat-Edmon
~FROM JOANNE: "CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG" GUEST BOOK~
Gertie Craig is 89 years young. Kandra ( her daughter ) brought her to the theatre for a visit with us. Bill Gowan came by and we all had a great visit. Gertie looks great and I ask her if she would finish training my ponies for me and she said that she didn't have room for them at her place.
This is Gino Zavatta. His Dad is Oglie and his mom is Irma. Irma was with the Sidneys bicycle act and their Unsupported ladder was "Irma and Rio" and their dog act was Zavattas dogs. Gino is head carpenter at this theatre in Tempe. Gammage auditorium.
~THE PHAROAHS CRADLE ACT 1963-1978~ SIOUX FALLS SD. '64 OR '65 ~SOME EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITY, WOODCOCK ELEPHANTS, SIOUX FALLS 1965~BARBARA BECAME ILL THE PREVIOUS WEEK IN MILWAUKEE AND WAS HOSPITALIZED, SHE WAS UNABLE TO BE IN SIOUX FALLS SO TRUDY FILLED IN FOR HER. ~THE KIMRIS DUO & QUASSARS ROCKET ACTS 1964-1982~