Friday, March 19, 2010

DAVID CARLYON: On C-Span (2002)

Please click the title of this post to be taken to my friend Dave Carlyon's 2002 appearance on C-Span promoting his excellent and well-researched biography of Dan Rice...

Mr. Carlyon discussed his biography Dan Rice: The Most Famous Man You've Never Heard Of, published by Public Affairs. Dan Rice was a 19th century showman, humorist, and public office-seeker. He was also a popular talking clown who began his own circus titled Dan Rice's Great Show. His routines included speaking on issues of the day, and according to David Carylon, his act's popularity brought national attention. This notoriety allowed him to run for office several times including a brief campaign for President. Then around the mid-19th Century, Americans became more interested in the theater and began to consider the circus as unrefined and lowbrow. Dan Rice was downgraded to children's entertainment, and eventually faded from the American memory.

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