of Wonders Ohio State Fair 1979 - Emmett left top in box
has a normal size body, but only short stubs of arms and legs.
We advertised him as "The Turtle Man". His act included juggling
, but off stage he was even more remarkable. He fixed
microphones and other electronics, holding the screwdriver or
other tools in his teeth. He never cared to see the towns we
played. He enjoyed the scenery when he and Chris traveled over
the road together. Chris always enjoyed Emmett's company. Emmett
had living quarters at the back of the show and never ventured
onto the midway. In Memphis, on the night before the fair opened
to the public, everything had to be illumined for inspection.
Emmett and I had
been off the fairgrounds shopping, when we returned, he
requested I drive the car in front of the show so he could see
what it looked like. That was the first tune I realized, hi the
eight years he had performed in that show, he had never before
seen the front of it, although he lived less than one hundred
While showing at Milwaukee Summerfest on the shore of Lake
Michigan, we had a tornado warning. Chris told Emmett to get in
cab of the tractor trailer rig, used to transport the side show
equipment, and start the motor. Chris would make sure of
everyone else's safety, then jump in the truck and drive it to
safety under the nearby elevated highway. When the wind reached
a high velocity, the warning sirens wailed, and the truck
started moving. Undaunted, Emmett somehow drove that rig to safe
cover, even though he had never operated a truck tractor
previously. I don't know yet how he managed to operate it, but
Emmett retired to his home in North Carolina where he has rental
properties. He married a lovely lady who is a great cook. We
later played Charlotte and Emmett and his wife entertained all
the folks with our show at his home, for a most enjoyable
I believe Emmett is the most remarkable man I have known. We
certainly miss him on the show.
Vogel) was from Germany,
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