~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.
~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