Monday, March 31, 2008
At Saturday night's gabfest, John Herriott pointed out that he had never seen a picture of Smokey Jones working an elephant act in wardrobe and surprisingly, I never had either.
Posted by Buckles at 3/31/2008 06:50:00 AM
Posted by Buckles at 3/31/2008 06:01:00 AM
Sunday, March 30, 2008
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Saturday, March 29, 2008
Just talked to Randy Peterson, thought I had a bad connection until I discovered he still had his ear muffs on. I invited him and Steve to the Club tonight and for company on the trip I asked Jim Elliot to come along.
Posted by Buckles at 3/29/2008 09:03:00 AM
This is the old Hall home. It is now the Museum for the Schuyler County Historical Society. They have an old steel trunk in the garage that was used by Willim Hall's brother Lou for his many travels from Capetown, South Africa back to Lancaster, Missouri.
Posted by Buckles at 3/29/2008 06:57:00 AM
These are the original heralds of the Great William P. Hall Shows. They are printed differently on both sides, thus the display. At the very bottom they are marked distributed by Advertising Car #2. These were found upstairs in the attic after all the artifacts had been removed and taken to the Circus World Museum in Baraboo, WI. Sometime afterwards, the Schuyler Historical Society purchased the property.
Posted by Buckles at 3/29/2008 06:54:00 AM
Posted by Buckles at 3/29/2008 06:45:00 AM
My mother's family had been successful with their overland Orton Bros. Circus for many years. Her father R.Z. Orton had many dealings with Hall over the years .
Posted by Buckles at 3/29/2008 06:34:00 AM
I never knew an elephant man that didn't want a big male elephant.
Posted by Buckles at 3/29/2008 06:07:00 AM
Friday, March 28, 2008
Paul, Charly gave me this "priceless" letter in 1984. He said he met Mr. Walton in, I believe 65-66 at the Garden. He was personally invited to go to Rewa as the Maharajas guest, but due to the heavy performance schedule of Ringling Bros. he was never able to accept. Can you imagine that. This was "The" Maharaja when almost all of the white tigers in the world were still in Rewa at the palace. I also don't want to give you the wrong impression of Jackies importance in the promotion of all tigers, white and normal worldwide. At the time I knew him, until his death, he was also President of World Wildlife Fund India, and introduced me to another dear friend, Mr. Arjan Singh who authored a number of books, documenting the first introduction of a captive born tiger back into the wild. I do admit I enjoyed introducing Jackie to Charly, as an actual by God Maharaja and not an employed secretary like he knew. LOL
Posted by Buckles at 3/28/2008 05:44:00 PM
Wade, I know that deep in your heart you have no desire to be considered difficult but the vast majority of the pictures I receive from people have a "paper clip" symbol in the upper right hand corner. All I have to do is click on this symbol and the pictures go directly to my album and later to the Blog when I find a place for them. Those without the symbol take a little longer.
Posted by Buckles at 3/28/2008 05:17:00 PM
Gold unit pre-show and rigging
Posted by Buckles at 3/28/2008 06:32:00 AM
Gold show finale
Posted by Buckles at 3/28/2008 06:30:00 AM
Gold unit elephant act
Posted by Buckles at 3/28/2008 06:29:00 AM
For Mary Ann Howell, Thank you, and please call me Wade. Mister's make me nervous and suspicious. LOL Here is the tiger you mention. His name was Kabul, great, great, great, grandson of Hawthorns legendary Tony. Great, great, grandson of the "insane" Ari, that Mr. MaCartney mention's. They are special, and I was blessed in 1976 when John and Herta Cuneo entrusted me with the care and well being of 5 of only 8 in the United States. Mr and Mrs. Cuneo were the first ones to train a white tiger, training Bagheera to ride on an elephant in 1975
Posted by Buckles at 3/28/2008 06:23:00 AM