From Chris Berry
Sunday, May 31, 2009
Posted by Buckles at 5/31/2009 01:11:00 PM
He might have preferred shocking pink, or a gold that would have twinkled in the sunlight as he lumbered along.
Easy does it: Boy has his eyes covered to prevent them being damaged by flying fragments of toenails.
Posted by Buckles at 5/31/2009 06:06:00 AM
Sanding down: Vets file Boy's nails using electric sanders rather than an emery board
Posted by Buckles at 5/31/2009 06:03:00 AM
Up you get: Boy's keepers give him a shove to wake him up.
Posted by Buckles at 5/31/2009 05:58:00 AM
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Friday, May 29, 2009
In February 1949, my parents took me to see my very first circus: a matinee performance of the Al Sirat Grotto Circus in Cleveland’s Public Auditorium. At the time, I was just a few weeks shy of my 3rd birthday and, because of my extreme youth, didn’t retain too many specific memories of who and what I saw that day. To rectify this somewhat, I spent considerable time and effort tying to locate a copy of 1949 Grotto Circus souvenir program. Finally (and just recently) one surfaced on eBay. (If you wait long enough, EVERYTHING will surface on eBay!)
Posted by Buckles at 5/29/2009 06:12:00 AM
I’m assuming that the Joe Walch who presented the wild animal act in 1949 is the same Joseph Walsh who presented one of the Alfred Court acts on Ringling for many years. (If this assumption is correct, does anyone know if these were former Court animals?)
Posted by Buckles at 5/29/2009 06:10:00 AM
Paul Nelson and his palomino liberty horses also appear in the Encyclopedia Britannia black and white educational film CIRCUS DAY IN OUR TOWN, which was filmed on the Cole show around 1949.
Posted by Buckles at 5/29/2009 05:47:00 AM
Since Eugene Scott was in charge of the elephants, the 1949 Grotto Circus must have featured the Ringling performing elephants, earning their winter keep by appearing anonymously at indoor dates. (One of the things that did make an impression on me that day was the elaborate blankets worn by the elephants during the opening grand entry.) After the Grotto Circus engagement had ended, my mother read me a newspaper story telling about how one of the elephants had refused to load back into its assigned railroad car, and had held up the elephant reloading and departure
Posted by Buckles at 5/29/2009 05:43:00 AM
Les Kimris appeared at the Cleveland Grotto Circus many, many times over the years. (Public Auditorium had a very high ceiling and was ideally suited for their act.) I saw them perform there in 1962 when I was in high school. They were also back again in 1973 while I was off serving in Vietnam. (Was it always the same performers, or was the act passed down to younger family members?)
Posted by Buckles at 5/29/2009 05:42:00 AM
A year or so after seeing my first circus, and while the Clyde Beatty radio show was still being broadcast in Cleveland, I started working up an act. (Since Clyde Beatty was my first hero, I was probably hoping to follow in his footsteps.) Clyde, of course, appeared with the Cleveland Grotto Circus many times over the years and, although he wasn't there in 1949 as I often wondered, I did get to see him perform there in 1962.
Posted by Buckles at 5/29/2009 05:37:00 AM