Tuesday, February 27, 2018

#4 Circus World!


Chic Silber said...

The South Bridge never looked better

Alvin "Shwartzie" Shwartz became

the bridge tender in later years

Chic Silber said...

Many years later Dick Brown

became the North bridge tender

Chic Silber said...

What happened to Sue Lenz's

comment about the renaming of

this bridge to "Circus Bridge"

I saw it earlier today

Sue Lenz said...

I left it twice Chic and it disappeared both times.

Chic Silber said...

I saw it both times Sue & then they were gone

That's why I rementioned your comments

Hope you are both doing well

Wade G. Burck said...

This bridge hold's bad memories for me. In 1992, as Tommy Henry and crew were leading my camels and horse's over the bridge they bolted and ran. The last thing I had told Tommy as they were getting ready to go out the back gate at quarter's was, "you better put nose chains on the camels, Scotsman", so I wasn't too surprised when one of the men returned a minute later to inform me that they had taken off. As I ran over the bridge I saw 3 police car's with light's flashing in the Publix parking lot. As I ran up to them I saw a crushed pack of Marlboro, a shirt pocket and sleeve on the ground. The police told me someone had tried to catch a camel, and the ambulance had just taken him to the hospital, but not to worry as Gunther Gebel Williams(folk's in Venice, as well as the police thought Boss walked on water) was in hot pursuit and they headed that way and pointed South.

As I ran down the street I noted that Tommy and GGW and crew had caught the draft horse's in the K-Mart parking lot and there were more police talking to a motorist with a back window smashed out of their car. Seems he was at the red light and the camel's ran right up and over his car. Another police cruiser pulled up and told GGW and I that the camel's were at the court house and two were in the pond in front of it. We jumped in the police car and headed down there. Five minutes later Tommy and part of the crew arrived and GGW and them took the long walk back to the train while to police took me to the hospital to find out who had been injured. It was ringmaster Jim Ragona who had a broken arm in addition to a lost pack of Marlboro and a shirt.

It ended up being a hell of a long night, to say the least.........