Pete Moore was born
in Wetumpka, Alabama, on October 18, 1932, one of nine children.
Of the five boys and four girls in the family, Pete was the only
one afflicted with osteogenesis imperfecta. From an early age,
Pete proved to be remarkably intelligent, devising his own means
of locomotion by having his father attach wheels to a board so
he could pull himself around by his hands. Despite his natural
abilities, however, Pete was barred from attending school due to
his disability. Until the age of eleven he was educated at home
by his parents. When he finally was allowed to go to school, he
obtained a d i p l o m a in just nine years, graduating at the
age of twenty with an A average.
Soon after Pete finished school, his mother died, and he found
himself needing to make a living. None of the j o b s he tried,
however, were adequate. Then, around 1960, Pete visited a
sideshow. There, he saw a fellow billed as The World's Smallest
Man - who was obviously not. Eighteen-inch-tall,
thirty-two-pound Pete was hired on the spot by the sideshow
manager. He remained with that show for two years, then moved on
to run his own tent.
In 1967, while appearing with a fair in Hamilton, Ohio, Pete met
and fell in love with a member of the tip, Adena Synder. Pete
and Adena were married and Pete became the World's Smallest Dad
- first to John, who was normal, and then to Carol, who had
osteogenesis imperfecta like her father. Adena and the children
toured with Pete, whose sideshow earnings enabled them to live
comfortably and eventually to purchase an estate.
Died in 1984 of Heart Disease
Sideshow Photograph Unknown
4.3.06. Sources: Marc Hartzman, American Sideshow, pg. 192-193;
autobiograph of Pete Moore