Ben, Debbie Chapman and "Anna May"
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Six years later in 1989, Ben and "Anna May" were with Big Apple and I booked Chico and Karen into Baraboo with the rest of the elephants leaving my wife and I at home with hopes of a season off.
First thing we did was go to the CHS Convention in Columbus where Cliff Vargas was Guest Speaker.
During one of the social events Cliff asked if I would be interested in helping Rex Williams with some training, at that point my Business Manager (Mrs. Woodcock) stepped in and the next thing I knew I found myself in a God-Awful place called Pico Rivera.
Posted by Buckles at 7/29/2015 06:10:00 AM
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Lou Jacobs and Kids (1942)
In 1942 photographer Joe Steinmetz staged a scene where Lou Jacobs applied his makeup in front of a group of circus kids. Six-year old Carla Wallenda is the older blonde girl on Lou's right side. Do we know who any of the other kids are?
Posted by Buckles at 7/28/2015 04:44:00 AM
Lou Jacobs and Carla Wallenda (1942)
In 1942 photographer Joe Steinmetz took a series of photos of Lou Jacobs applying his make-up in the presence of six-year old Carla Wallenda and other children. In this photo Lou's makeup is almost complete - and Carla seems enchanted..
Posted by Buckles at 7/28/2015 04:42:00 AM
Monday, July 27, 2015
In answer to your question, Barbara and my parents had known each other over the years as most circus people do however she and I first met on the Texas Shrine dates in 1958 while she was in the process of her divorce from Rex Williams.
The following winter she came in Hugo, Oklahoma with an Oldsmobile, a house trailer, a six year old son named Ben, a big black Poodle named Robert and a Chimpanzee named Tommy that despised me.
After our marriage, we started trying to figure out how the Miller-Woodcock elephant act was going to support this arrangement but it wasn't long before the Finance Company solved most of our problems by re-possessing the car and trailer so we all to moved into the front of the elephant truck as seen above.
Next came the heart wrenching decision between either me or the Chimp and I barely won out when he was reluctantly sold to Helen Haag.
And on this start we headed off into a fifty year marriage.
Years later after telling this story to Gary Jacobson and Ted Svertesky they started ragging Ben by saying, "Looks more like they sold the boy and kept the Chimp!"
I've often thought this would have made a good TV Series.
Posted by Buckles at 7/27/2015 11:40:00 AM