Saturday, July 29, 2006

Slivers Johnson

Not Frank "Slivers" Oakley.

Not Spader Johnson.

It's Slivers Johnson. Your guess is as good as mine.

Speaking of Slivers Oakley, I visited the site of the mighty NY Hippodrome today; The very site where Slivers Oakley, Marceline Orbes, Toto, A. Robins, Joe Jackson Sr. & Jr., Poodles Hanneford, Emmett Kelly and Otto Griebling once rolled 'em in the isles.

The site of some of Houdini's greatest triumphs.

I parked my PT Cruiser right about where the stage would have been.

If it's any consolation (and it's not), it's still called the "Hippodrome Garage".



24-HOUR-MAN said...

Slivers did a comedy car act, called "The Black Dot Taxi", it was painted yellow with black polkadots.

Mr. Lee said...

I think that " Slivers" was also bear trainer Hunkey Johnsons father? I also remember the car being on the Hanneford show in the 70's, But forgot who worked it.

24-HOUR-MAN said...

Hunkey's father was "Swede" Johnson. I believe the reason the car was on the Hanneford show was that there was a connection between "Slivers", & Bobby Parker, I'm not sure what it was.

Mr. Lee said...

Duh! you're right Bill,, LOL, well I prompted more of the story.