Sunday, May 27, 2012

Wally Ross #3

05-26-2012 03;40;43PM by bucklesw1
05-26-2012 03;40;43PM, a photo by bucklesw1 on Flickr.


Chic Silber said...

Was this elephant really this light

in skin tone or just in the photo

Wade G. Burck said...

Was this elephant chalked or painted to look like one of those "rare never before seen" white deals?

Wade Burck

Buckles said...

I think this is one of the four young elephants purchased from Jungleland in 1970 by the Beatty Show.
Topsy (Popsy)

Chic Silber said...

I was around those 4 punks quite a

bit over several years as they were

the group in ring 3 & none of them

were light skinned

Chic Silber said...

Chalk sounds about right Wade as

her back left foot & the end of her

trunk seem more the likely color

Ryan Easley said...

Was 'Frieda' originally known as 'Taffy' in California?

Buckles said...

Ryan, their names while at Jungleland were "Topsy", "Jewel", "Marie" and "Taffy".
No idea how the complete re-naming went.

Roger Smith said...

RYAN: You were right to ask Buckles for name-change history. I was at Jungleland it's last 5 years, and we did have a "Taffy". Our funeral, under the auspices of the federal court-ordered auction, was conducted over October 8-9,1969. I didn't keep up with where all our atock went. After seeing the cats I cared for and worked sold off, I couldn't. I went back to the Beatty show for 1980, and if Taffy had a name change, you couldn't prove it by me. In regard to Freida, Freddie Logan put it very succinctly: "Freida will kill you." I stand to be corrected, by I believe it was Freida who killed a townie woman who approached her one dark morning when there was no watchman.

Chic Silber said...

Jackie was renamed for Frank

McClosky's daughter as was his big

cabin cruiser yacht the "Jackie II"

that was kept in Lake Worth (nice)

That was aside from a restored old

wooden Chris Craft inboard runabout

kept in the boathouse behind his

home on a lake in Winter Park

Bob K said...

What ever happened to Pete the Porter?
Bob Kitto

Roger Smith said...

BOB: In '64, when I was with Mr. Beatty, Pete the Porter's brother and his family came to visit when we were around the Chicago area. We all heard the brother lived there. When I visited Dave Hoover in San Antonio, in 1970, George Scott, Beatty's top animal man, was still there on cats. But when I asked for Pete, I was told he had left the show ill, and had gone to live with his brother, and died there. I don't know the date. Let me find my Bob Good photo of Pete and post it, hopefully with Bob, Jr.'s OK.

Bob Good said...

George Scott, another old timer who worked in the shadows for years. You can find his name in the menagerie departments of other shows going way back.

My Dad sent George's obit. into AB as I do not think he had any relatives.

I can still see the little guy working his tail off. My Dad spent quite a bit of time jackpotting with George.

Certainly a lot to be learned from some of the lesser knowns that is for sure.