Sunday, October 04, 2020




Chic Silber said...

All routes lead to the Blue Room

Chic Silber said...

I'm on the arrow


Roger Smith said...

The Beatty show Blue Room was a hoot. Whether it opened on a given day depended on either a wet county or a dry county Sheriff patched with a contribution to his favorite back pocket charity. Being more than a sentimental hang-out, it was a hallowed hall for tall grass jackpots.

Chic Silber said...

I believe it was where the

premise of "pay day loans"

was originated

Chic Silber said...

With the 1st inside ticket box

& the Blue Room Tommy Clarke

enhanced his meager earnings

After making friends with a

few NY Coliseum employees he

was able to gain membership

in IATSE Exhibition Employees

NY Local 829 where he spent

his last working years

Chic Silber said...

Maria & Tommy's son Carlos

married the daughter of the

owner of the transformer

company in DeLand where

the show opened each year

Roger Smith said...

I was not too surprised when Tommy left the Beatty show for New York. In '64, when George Werner died, Tommy at once took over Big Top while keeping on as Prop Boss. No one had seen a man work that hard. The rule was, between shows, no one went near his trailer, as he was dead asleep for a few precious hours. It was enough to kill anyone else, but Tommy personified circus trouping at its best. He carried on with his same even temperament and renewed the spirit of the entire company.