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4/06/2017 06:22:00 AM
Frank Phillips, along with John C. "Chubby" Guilfoyle, was instrumental in breaking in Pat Anthony, and was of lasting influence on the training career of Dick McGraw. He was Francis Phillip Wholeben, born April 4, 1908, in Clarendon, Pennsylvania. His mother was killed in the 1918 train wreck of Hagenbeck-Wallace. He toured the world for MGM with their logo lion, Leo, in 1928 and 1929, and was on most of the Depression-era circuses. After suffering for a year with cancer, he died in Thousand Oaks, on January 2, 1963. Having come to the Compound in 1965, I missed knowing Phillips. His widow, Siva, and I became friends, and she shared many stories of his career with me. Siva worked in the Jungleland concessions, and as a fastidious Swede, she doubled as Mabel Stark's personal housekeeper. See Bill Johnston's excellent article on Phillips in the July-August 1991 issue of BANDWAGON.
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