Monday, May 29, 2006

To Pat Cashin


This is the Ringling-Barnum band as my mother and I saw it in 1948. Despite the back doors being moved, they were still behind the center ring but on ground level. As you can see an aisle had been made thru the middle of the band so the center ring acts didn't have to walk the entire track.
I'm sure Mr. Evans agreed that anything would be an improvement over this.

11 comments:

Pat Cashin said...

An isle through the middle of the band?

Oof!

How could that work?

At what point did Merle get his bandstand back?

Anonymous said...

I heard many times over the years that every winter Merle and John North had rather intense discussions ever where the band would be spotted. I don't Merle ever got what he really wanted.

Anonymous said...

Meant to say I don't know if Merle ever got exactly what he wanted.

I last saw Merle at Gus Bell's Summertop, in Dallas, in '76. Emmett Kelly and Karl Wallenda were on the show and Parley Baer was Ringmaster.

Karen Glenn said...

Are you talking about "the Keebler Elf" Parley Baer" being ringmaster?? How cool is that! Our kids loved him in CA when we met up with them (course Barbara and Buckles went way back with he and Mrs Baer and family) and they took the kids home with them for the night and then off to the airport the next day, to fly back to FL to start school in '78. What a neat thing, wait till I tell Shane.

24-HOUR-MAN said...

Parley Baer, is another one who made it worth being here!!!!

Anonymous said...

Yes, Parley was the voice of Ernie Keebler, the cookie elf, for 32 years. He also created and named the character Chester for the radio version of Gunsmoke. He was the first next-door neighbor, Darby, to Ozzie and Harriett, and was Mayor Roy Stoner of Mayberry on Andy Griffith. He had over 155 feature film credits, more than 1700 for television, and his Old Time Radio fan lost count at some 15,000 radio roles. Parley's acting career spanned 65 years. He and Ralph Edwards co-founded Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters. He was Mabel Stark's closest friend, and it was she who introduced me to the Baer family in 1966. I was Parley's 24/7 caregiver in his home and at Motion Picture Hospital for his last 14 months. He died surrounded by family and friends on November 22, 2002,at age 88.

24-HOUR-MAN said...

And he never forgot anyone he ever met, and always took time to stop and cut up a jackpot or two, or tell a joke!!!!

Anonymous said...

Kind of off subject but what the hay, Its been one of those days. I was very unhappy with several boxes of Keebler cookies that I had bought for the kids. I wrote that they were beginning to think you always ate cookies with a spoon. The cookies were all crumbled when I opend the boxes. The factory was right on my way from here to there in Colorado. I never did see any elves. Any way I got the nicest letter and coupons for a lot of free cookies from them. They are still my favorite cracker.

Anonymous said...

Don Pitts asked us to help coordinate the Keebler company museum's special section honoring Parley. He was working in conjunction with the Leo Burnett Ad Agency, who had the Keebler account. Kim and I put together many mementoes of Parley's studio work as Ernie Keebler, inclusive of a variety of headshots from his career. He even gave them the statuette of the elf they had presented him after his stroke, in '97. Kellogg's acquired Keebler, and the museum is in Battle Creek. The actor who next played Ernie was Walker Edmiston.

Anonymous said...

Roger, I will bet you do not REALLY know who owns KELLOGG!!

GaryHill said...

Does anyone have any pictures of Mr. Baer?