Wednesday Dec. 29th 1965

 

Dear Son John

 

This letter is on new letter head that I hope brings us both luck for the future.

 

I know you have a love for the business like I do, and I feel you will have a bigger and better show than I ever have had.

 

I hope with your circus you will remember a couple of things first always be honest, whatever you promise a city or a community, or a performer try to do.  Always let your word be your bond.

 

Secondly, You never have to be the biggest but always operate a good, clean, show and you will always be welcomed back.

 

Third - The Success of all shows is the advance, try to develop a pleasing personality, so you will be liked by people, its hard to find good agents, so you might find in the winter you will have to book the show for the summer months.

 

In conclusion if you find it hard getting up in the morning and not looking forward to the day ahead of you start looking for something else to do.

 

If something happens to me before you are grown always look after your Mom & sisters who love you.

 

My recent success in the last years has been because I have a partner .... Which is God. You will find he never lets you down....if ever you need help....Just ask for help you will get it....Be careful what you ask for you may get it".

 

You have what it takes you will get to the top if that's what you want.

 

Father Big John

 


 

 

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David Pugh is writing a column for White Tops Magazine. 

John Strong III asked David to share his column with Sideshow World. 

So we present here with the permission of David Pugh and for your consideration,

 

Why Flying is Easier

 

copyright 2007-2008 David Pugh - White Tops - all rights reserved.

 

Why Flying is Easier - Part 1

Why Flying is Easier - Part 2

Why Flying is Easier - Part 3

Why Flying is Easier - Part 4

Why Flying is Easier - Part 5

Why Flying is Easier - Part 6

 

 


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Big John Strong & John Strong III Aug. 2 1989 LA Sport Arena

 

Ladies & Gentlemen, Boys & Girls, Children of all ages,

 

 the show with more friends than Santa Claus, the Big John A. Strong & Son Circus welcomes one & all to share in the life & times of  a legend  in his own right.  Perhaps best known for his genuine love of the Circus.

 

A pioneer to the old school  of "Showmen"  who devoted his life to the pleasure of his fellow man, sharing an on going love-affair with his audience by filling the center-ring with wholesome family entertainment of the best quality. 

 

A  man who was surrounded  by  scores of some of the Best men & women in  the out-door show world, who were always ready to render him assistance whether they were connected with him or not..  A  man of Great importance because of his wealth of knowledge & love for  Circus life.  Neither  would he hesitate  to share a good story or experience with you & he never failed to make his presence known.

 

How he did it, we'll never know, a giant among men, heads above the rest in mind & heart.  A passionate teacher, yet one of the guys, never the boss, yet directing the show.  Kind,  free & caring, groovy & wise..  On leaving his care, we must look back to grow.  This traveling wise an has played his final show.

 

Though perhaps there is an encore upon these bright memories, offering the gift to be a team & the grace to be a part.

 

Thank-You one & All for the chance to share our love of him with you.

 

                                              His  ever-loving children, Sandra, Linda & Little John Strong

 

 


 

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