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1/20/2013 05:41:00 AM
In Display No. 20, my old boss, Hubert Castle, in his Hal Silver period. To bring readers current, he was born James Albert Hal Smith, in Enid, Oklahoma. To please an uncle, he attended a Baptist seminary to study preaching, but became so proficient as a self-taught wire walker, he booked out. During these Depression years, work could be spotty at best. He let it out that he was really Hal Silverstein, or sometimes Hal Silverberg, to get in with the Jewish booking agents. The ruse worked, and so did he. When he finally found himself on Ringling, he couldn't spot his billing. John Ringling North had re-named him Hubert Castle, and so he was known from then on.
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