As a teenager on the circus, the
porter on the car of the train where I lived was amiable George
Jackson, who not only was an excellent housekeeper, he was like
a housemaster. He was interested in the well being of the
When the days of railroad shows were ending, George discovered a
remarkable lady in Mobile. Alabama, Sylvia Porter the woman with
giant feet. They married and George was Sylvia's manager.
They prospered, but in time had differences and divorced. Then
George met and married Baby Flo Johnson. A lady as sweet as she
was big and I believe she legitimately weighed eight hundred
pounds. One winter we were all working in Dick Best's sideshow
at Florida State Fair, when George needed money to purchase
Baby Flo guarded their money for the inevitable day when the
show would be on layoff. Hesitant to give George the money, he
reminded her how hard he worked on the front of the show to lure
Baby Flo replied, "Oh George, that ain't you working out there,
listen to that voice, that's Ward hard at work." She gave us
that wonderful smile as she handed George the money and laughed
so that her fat body shook like a bowl full of jelly. The voice
was indeed mine, but on tape. I always made the tapes for them
as I did with many other friends who operated their own shows.
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