Dot Kelly shares a story
with Pete Kolozsy
Last season Athena and I
were passing thru Peru, Indiana on our way to a fair.
Athena insisted that we
stop and visit with Dot & Eddie Kelly of circus elephant (Kelly Bros.
Circus/Clyde Beatty Circus) fame.
After a few hours of
conversation, Dot (who is 97) started to tell us the story of the time
(circa 1960's) one of her female elephants ran away during a show at a
It seems the poor thing
panicked and just took off down the midway with Dot (Dorothy) hot on her
"She ran thru the Bingo
tent and right by the Jenny.
She ran down the joint
line-up and the marks were bailing over the counters into the joints.
She stole some floss out of
the candy wagon and the guy nearly had a stroke.
She got to the back end of
the midway and heard the music from the girl show and she made a
bee-line for that tent and tore right thru the sidewall and ran down the
length of it right up to the stage!
That's where I caught up to
her and when I looked at the audience and then up at the half naked
strippers I couldn't help but laugh!
Because, it was at that
moment that it dawned on me, that the elephant and I were the only girls in
that girl show!"
At this point we all became
incapacitated with laughter and poor Dorothy never did finish her story
but I assume the elephant switched from rogue to rouge.