Tampa, Fla. April 5th
Mrs. Ruth Pontico, 800 pound jovial circus fat lady, bemoans bad
luck which postponed her reducing operation when her hospital
AP Wirephoto April 5th 1941
REDUCE FAT LADY SAYS 800 TOO MANY
April 5 In her own words whoever
heard of a circus fat lady having to lose weight. That was the
question Mrs. Ruth Pontico posed to friends while preparing to
enter a hospital today to have some of her 800 pounds carved off
to make it possible for her to go on her annual tour with a
She vowed the operation just had
to be done because she's been putting on weight so rapidly this
winter that it's almost impossible for her to get around.
She expects to be in the hospital several weeks Ruth and
her husband are staying in a hotel they purchased several
years ago because the floor beams were heavy and support her.
She doesn't know how much the
doctor is going to take, it probably will be from her legs
and other parts of her body.
Her ringside weight is around
This is the first time she's
had an operation, she once went on a starvation diet but gained
nine pounds in four days and gave up.
Mrs. Pontico, was the fat lady on
the Ringling Bros. Sideshow for a number years.
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