I saw an article on my stepfather
Bobby Reynolds posted in June 14 by John Robinson.
When I was looking up additional
information, I found out that my stepfather started a
facebook page in May and he posted a photo of himself and I
at the Bakersfield Kern County Fair. Also in this photo is
my first live two headed cow that I named Freddy. I found
him in Rockdale, TX near San Antonio on my way home
from working as manager of the Ringling Bros, Barnum and
Bailey Circus World theme park's sideshow in Hanes City
Florida. As you can see in the photo, the cow has two
separate snouts and a white patch covering two eyes in his
head. I had to use the patch because the center eyes did not
blink. I also put eyedrops in the center eyes as well. It
was ironic how I located this two headed cow. It was long
before the internet was made public. I was visiting a
doctor, a circus fan, in San Antonio, TX, named Doctor
Connover. On the front page of the San Antonio paper was a
three month old photo of a two headed calf that was doing
well near San Anton. I went over to the farmer and made a
deal to buy the calf for $3500. I didn't have a trailer to
pull it so I went to uhaul and rented a box trailer and took
the doors off the back of the trailer and replaced them with
a sheet of plywood to block off half of the trailer to keep
the cow secure as I took the cow to California. Now I had
this fabulous attraction, but at the time I didn't have a
show, banners or quite sure where I'd place it. I remember
Bobby Reynolds bought a Holstein cow that weighed like 2500
lbs from Al and Barbara Moody. He bought the two headed cow
that was twelve years old. He also bought a barn and a
complete show front with this older Holstein two headed cow.
Bobby's giant cow was named King and he only showed it at
the Phoenix state fair where it died. Bobby had this very
large cow stuffed with its entire body and head. The very
next year he showed it again but to add a reality touch he
went to the cow barns and got three or four wheelbarrows of
manure so that by the aroma people outside would assume that
the cow is alive. Hence, since I knew about this cow show, I
asked Bobby if a live cow would make more money in a cow
show than a dead one. He said great, it certainly will...
we'll be partners. I high tailed it to the Bakersfield-Kern
County Fair. We added the live cow to the already operating
exhibit. We started grossing $1200 a day on the weekdays
before the weekends even came! That was 1978. That would be
equivalent to a $3600 day today in 2014. Sadly, on Saturday
morning, when we gave the cow its two bottles of milk, we
found that it had died during the night. Bobby was so
distraught that it had died during the night that he gave it
cpr immediately to try to revive it. He kept going from the
right mouth to the left mouth trying to resuscitate this
calf with tears the size of dollar signs running down his
cheeks. I had the calf stuffed and mounted by a local
taxidermist and used the calf for decades on my own show.
That's the story of how I met my future stepfather, the self
proclaimed world's greatest showman and how I acquired my
first live two headed attraction.
From the time I was nineteen to now, I've had over 65 live
two headed attractions and over 22 live two headed reptiles
from two headed snakes to snapping turtles, tortoises and
more all alive.
Currently, I have the only live two headed cow in existence.
Not to mention two headed babies (real), two headed girl
mummies and over 250 stuffed and preserved attractions. Two
heads are better than one.