year old Ceslee Conkling, clown with the Blue Unit of the Ringling
Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, perished 19 years ago today in the
circus train wreck in Lakeland, FL that also claimed the life of
39-year-old Theodore Svertesky, the circus' lead elephant trainer.
Fellow clown Mike Weakley has very generously shared this footage of
Ceslee in rehearsal in December of 1993, just a few weeks before the
This was taken in Tampa, Florida during Winter Quarters. The 2 male clowns are Cezary Skarzynski & Arturo Figueroa.