Photo courtesy of Ron Jarvis
Ron Jarvis sent this photo, which at first glance looked to me like a 1968 Moby Grape album cover, but which he assures me is a photo of the 1973 Red Unit Clown Alley of the Ringling show. It looks as though it was taken on the night they were all busy driving ol' Dixie down. Where was the First of May party that year? Gettysburg?
He then challenged me to name as many of the clowns out of makeup as I could.
I got two. By process of elimination that must be Peggy Williams in the center.
And there is no hiding the fact that that COULDN'T be anyone but Billy Baker down in the right hand corner.
As for the rest of them, they look like roadies for Blue Oyster Cult. GET A HAIRCUT!
It's obvious that Irvin Feld and Bill Ballantine hadn't thought to include "Long-haired freaky people need not apply" to the early Clown College applications.
He shoulda had a sign!