Wednesday, November 29, 2006

106th Edition: Group Shot

Photo courtesy of Robin Estes, from the Estate of Mr. Harold Ronk

The assembled Clown Alley of the 1976 106th edition Blue Unit of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

I believe all but four of the clowns pictured here (Mark Anthony, Prince Paul and the Severinis' dogs) were Clown College graduates.


Anonymous said...

The Alley that got whacked.

Over half these clowns were gone by the following year. That left a lot of slots for happy CC grads but half an Alley of First of Mays in '77 shot continuity to hell. The next year had nearly the same turnover. At the time I was glad not to have much oversight, and I learned from a little guidance (Billy Baker, Kevin Bickford, Terry Parsons) and a lot of big mistakes, but looking back, I can see that turnover was brutal for the Alley.

Mike Naughton said...

Pat, make that 5 non CC's. Tomi Liebel came over from Europe with Michu.