Like I say, I was never was at the Sullivan Show since I had to remain behind and present an act with the Polack elephants. However the very spot they parked the elephant truck, by what is now the "Ed Sullivan Theater, was pointed out to me many times during our 19 years with Big Apple Circus.
Friday, July 31, 2015
Posted by Buckles at 7/31/2015 11:14:00 AM
Great pictures from one of our appearances on the Sullivan Show continuing a long standing arrangement done many times before by Peggy and Mack MacDonald with "Baby Opal" and arranged by Al Dobritch.
This was the first time the show taped in Color.
Posted by Buckles at 7/31/2015 06:56:00 AM
Thursday, July 30, 2015
I always thought the best dates with the Polack Show were the lengthy runs at Medinah Temple in Chicago early in the season and the L.A. County Fair later in the year as seen above.
This is when Parley Baer would have photos taken for the following years program.
Posted by Buckles at 7/30/2015 06:14:00 AM
"Opal" would step over the ring curb, mount this turntable and after a couple of rotations, kick into a one foot stand.
I still have this contraption, one day I'll have Jim Elliot load it up in his pick up and we'll bring it down to the Sarasota Swap Meet.
Posted by Buckles at 7/30/2015 05:52:00 AM
One day at the Fair my two best friends showed up Jimmy Rossi from my circus life and Duane Bowman, who was Left Tackle on mighty Hot Springs Trojans football team.
Both were living in California, Duane starting his Trucking Company and Jimmy flying for a small L.A. Air Line.
Posted by Buckles at 7/30/2015 05:42:00 AM
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