Monday, July 28, 2008

Polack Bros. Circus #1 (From Buckles)

Scan10519, originally uploaded by bucklesw1.

Pat was a lot of fun to be around, never a dull moment. He had a nice home in Riverview not far from here, his wife was also named Pat and when you called and asked for Pat, she would always ask, "Which one?".
On the Polack Show he had a camper with a large tail gate that folded down into a veranda where he would place a couple of those movie set folding chairs and from time to time hold court.
Louie Stern enjoyed walking and in the summer months would often walk from his hotel room to the building or fair grounds. He would then head for Pat's veranda, remove his coat and tie and bask in the sun, another of his pleasures.
Pat would loudly discuss the events of the day while Louie dozed.
One day I was passing by while Pat was elaborating on Manuel King when Louie awoke and said "What in the Hell are you talking about?" and Pat replied "This Jewish lion trainer!" and Louie looked blankly for a moment and said, "Whatever you say Kid" and went back to sleep.
Pat died of cancer so suddenly and silently that few people knew he was gone. I drive by the cemetery in Brandon regularly and often think of Pat and his daughter who had died so tragically before him.