Fat Men Seem More Common in Our Business
Conner, who weighed in at 600 pounds, did a comical act dancing
to the sideshow band during the Beatty-Cole Circus dates at
Philadelphia's Lighthouse Field.
I had heard rumors, so one day I asked Jack if he was gay? He
said "If as many were sticking out of him as had been stuck in
him, he would look like a fat porcupine".
Harold Huge is our latest fat man from Buzzards Bay,
Massachusetts. He is an educated man with degrees in physics and
political science from a major university. His father is a
wealthy manufacturer. Bruno followed his training for a few
years but found the jobs boring. He was abnormally fat, so he
contacted the editor of "Amusement Business", Tom Powell, about
finding a job as a fat man with a show.
directed him to us and he became a valued member of our show
family. His ambition is to be the fattest man on record. He may
make it if his body can withstand his enormous appetite for
Paul Fish functioned well as a stand-up comic, a jazz guitarist
and composer in addition to being a professional fat man, who
worked with us several times. Shortly after acting in the movie
"Carney", he married his brother's widow and settled on their
Little Willie became too fat to continue his occupation as a
long haul truck driver. He thought he would like to try show
business and called the editor of "Amusement Business", Irwin
Kirby, telling his desire. Kirby directed Willie to me and of
learning his size, he was signed. When we learned of his
trucking experience we were delighted. Though he could not
withstand the rigors of professional driving, he enjoyed the
occasional trips with a show truck.
The tractor I gave him to drive was a little over two years old.
He commented on the truck having had such service. When
questioned to his meaning, he explained he thought the mileage
was over a million, for the odometer only read eleven thousand
miles. I explained that shows Uke ours rarely travel over five
thousand miles a year.
Willie worked for us the remainder of his life. My friend Willie
was a gentleman in every sense of the word.
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