Saturday, February 22, 2020



Chic Silber said...

Commack Easter week 1966

Chic Silber said...

My favorite quote from Dave is

"They're not going to eat me"

Chic Silber said...

After having witnessed the

last 4 years of Clyde Beatty

performing I would be forever

spoiled towards fighting acts

Roger Smith said...

Many could make the claim, TONY. Englishman Pete Taylor, in a turn unusual for a European, worked his big 25 mixed-act in the fighting style. When the nerve damage in his neck almost paralyzed him one night in 1925, he had to be escorted out before a packed house. Manager Danny Odum reluctantly allowed young Clyde to give them a try. He worked to great success, and expanded the act to his first Big Act of 40 lions and tigers. He reflected Taylor's style, but took the fighting act into a dimension of his own. He became a sensation that season on Hagenbeck-Wallace, and even more so when he broke his second Big Act for the new Cole-Beatty show, in 1935. No other trainer has done it twice. The fighting act that had been shown for years before Beatty, became the brand most recognized with his name.

Tony Greiner said...

That's a good story. Can you recommend a biography of CB?