"Head Down Harry"
brother and I headed out to the show lot at
about 6:00am to help set up the Sell's and Gray
around a fellow asked us if we wanted to make
some MONEY.... We said Sure (normally the circus
gave us a free ticket) the fellow lead us to a
Elephant truck and told us to CLEAN it out....
what a lot-O-Sh**! after about 45 min. we
we found the Fellow and asked him if we could be
Paid now.... He replied, you like that work, We
said ,Not bad... he thru us each a quarter, and
said, good! show up in Antigo tomorrow, we'll be
there, and you can do it again!
brother and I stared dumbfounded as we clenched
measly quarter EACH.....
forward to 1982.... Sun city AZ. I was working
as a prop hand at the Sun Dome for The Big John
Strong Circus..when Texas Annie pulled in with
the Donnie Johnson Elephants.... after a
few minutes her "GROOM" strolled around the
truck....I hollerd hey, I think I know YOU...
the "GROOM" replied HOW do you Know ME!!!! I
repeated the 1st part of the story..... and he
reached into his pocket and thru ME a quarter
and said "I'll have the
Bulls out in about 15 minutes then its all
I never cleaned Out the TRAILER, but I did keep
after all those years... I did learn the fellows
NAME... Harry Freed AKA "Head Down Harry"