Comment by Buckles:
"This was from the opening production number at the Circus World Theme Park in 1977.
When I mentioned this show was in the works, Bobby Johnson told me where they kept the old spec blankets stashed in Venice so I went down and strong armed a few.
No idea what year or unit it came from, made for a shorter elephant but worked out OK.
This is one of the elephants Gary Hill brought up from Texas that I named Hugo Schmitt.
Barbara will have to tell you about the costume, maybe Don Foote came up with it?"
Saturday, February 28, 2015
Posted by Buckles at 2/28/2015 08:39:00 PM
I was once scheduled to be guest speaker at the Ringling Museum 20 years ago but was called away suddenly due to the Blue Show train wreck and Johnny, seen here came to the rescue.
Reminiscent of an occasion 25 years prior to that when he was Performance Director of the Red Show and had me stand at his side next to the Band Stand and get my first look at Gunther-Gebel Williams.
With spotlights shining down on a large African Elephant, slowly turning on a tub, surmounted by a blonde guy astride a tiger I said, "Johnny, this is pretty strong stuff!.....and he replied, "Yes.....and I have to follow it with my little ponies!"
Posted by Buckles at 2/28/2015 01:46:00 PM
About 60 years ago this week, this daub went up advertising Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey's upcoming appearance at the Boston Garden in March of 1955. In the spring of 1955 this Strobridge version of the venerable "Leopard Head" litho had only been used one previous season (1954). The original "Leopartd Heard" design, however was first produced by artist George Howe as part of a group of posters designed for Ringling Barnum by the Norman Bel Geddes studios in 1941. The basic design was reworked over the years - including this 1954 version - and continued to be used into the 1970s, arguably spanning more seasons than any other individual poster design - second only to the Lou Jacobs "See You At the Greatest Show on Earth" poster which was first a part of the litho hod in 1944 and, with a few slight variations, also used into the 1970s.
Posted by Buckles at 2/28/2015 05:59:00 AM
Smokey gave me this picture many years ago, uniformed in blue are Arky, Smokey, Hugo and Louie Reed.
Arky was dismissed shortly after this picture was taken and Reed had no intention of going on the road once the 20 "punks" were trained.
When I saw the show in Chicago, Smokey ran the Department and Hugo's agreement was to present elephants in the ring.....period.
Posted by Buckles at 2/28/2015 05:56:00 AM
Friday, February 27, 2015
Johnny on cassette mp3- Old Showman's Heaven -1999
Posted by Buckles at 2/27/2015 12:30:00 PM
Thursday, February 26, 2015
.....and on this grim note I would like to apologize to those of you who send messages to the Facebook Account my daughter set up for me some time ago.
I am always alerted here on the Blog of their numerous existence but once there it's like trying to read a Chinese menu.
I only intend this for anyone who might think they are being ignored.
Posted by Buckles at 2/26/2015 09:30:00 AM