Saturday, April 26, 2008

BILLY VAUGHN: Ringling Blue Unit Clown Car, 1974

Photo courtesy of Billy Vaughn


Emerging from the clown car - Billy Vaughn

Holding the door - Swede "H.C." Johnson

In the foreground, holding the surfboard - Rick Cobbin (?)

and surrounding the Bill Ballantine designed Datsun B-210 we have (from left to right) Ron Severini, Antonio "Tony" Hoyos, Dennis Hall (?), Ray "Anchor Face" Lesperance, Sandy Severini, Maude Flippen and ?

Click on the photo for a much larger view.


Mike Naughton said...

Swede Johnson's grand daughter, Georgia Stephenson is/was a staff member on RBBB Red, as asst performace director---this information is old.
Georgia's paternal grand mother was the little dynamo Lucy Stephenson of STEPHENSONS DOGS.

In one of the RBBB programs the Stephensons are billed as THE WORLD'S GREATEST DOG ACT.

Yes, that is Rick with the surf board -- he has visited my Yankee Doodle Circus in the past when we played Rhode Island, we had a great visit.

For historical accuracy -- Billy Vaughn was the FIRST clown hired for Yankee Doodle way, way back when I didn't know what cholesterol was.

Anonymous said...

I am loving all of these Billy Vaughn Photos. Keep them coming.

-Dan McCallum

Pat Cashin said...


Where are your pictures of Billy and Mike?

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