Ronnie and Donnie Gaylon

 

Ronnie and Donnie are the only Siamese twins exhibiting. They are now in South America. Rejected by their mother at birth, their father took care of them and still manages their affairs. One of the twins has the rectum and the other one has the urinary system.

One is slightly larger than his brother. There have been times that Wesley has had to break up disputes between them, for although they are physically joined together, their opinions sometimes differ. They enjoy going to movies, which for them means drive-in theater. They occasionally eat in restaurants. Avid sports fans, they enjoy playing baseball and fishing. They also enjoy TV sports. Primarily they have appeared in their family owned show, but for the past several years they have been the center ring stars with a large circus in Mexico and South America presenting a magic act apparently changing girls into tigers.
 
Our show worked many of the same fairs with the Gaylons. I have spent many happy hours with them and enjoyed the delicious meals prepared by their stepmother, Mary. One year when we had two wax museums alongside their show at Plant City, Florida with Blue Grass Shows, carnival owner Jim Murphy asked me why they grossed less money than our shows. I explained it was because they were undoubtedly the greatest carnival attraction. Customers would spend a lot of time looking at the boys, thereby the capacity of their show was limited, while customers would look at our wax figures, say "Oh Shit" and leave, making room for others.
 
The twins were born in Dayton, Ohio, October 28, 1951. They are joined at the end of the breastbone by a cartilage, and are connected from this point to the abdomen. They share a common navel, descending colon, one bladder and one set of male organs.
 
Doctors explain that such a birth incident could happen to any normal parents; it happens only once in a million births. Ronnie and Donnie have four brothers and three sisters, all completely normal.
 
Fraternal twins result from the fertilization of two eggs which can be two boys, two girls, or a boy and a girl. Identical twins result from the fertilization of one egg which splits in two, creating two children alike. Siamese twins occur when the fertilized egg fails to complete its split.
 
The Gaylon twins spent the first 20 months of their life in hospitals undergoing X-rays, testing and observation to determine that separation was impossible. They learned to walk at 29 months with a
 
sideward glide. Together they have learned many normal activities. They enjoy hunting and fishing and love to play baseball.


Ward Hall

 


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