sincerely like to thank and acknowledge those people who
helped me in the creation of this work.
Without the encouragement of David F. Friedman I would have
never even dared to venture into the world of outdoor
showmanship. Dave did, however, suggest I buy rides instead
of shows! Maybe I should have listened to him.
David L. Hewitt has been a real friend and the A.K. Brill
catalog he gave me really started the ball rolling. Doug
"Pygmy" Higley introduced me to a lot of great show people
and Jeff Murray has been a constant source of inspiration
(as well as a constant source of show memorabilia - much of
which appears in this book).
Steve Armogida has had the questionable pleasure of opening
numerous mysterious boxes and crates that have arrived at
our offices not knowing what new horror was lurking inside.
Laurie Sherman has had to endure the unceasing stare of
Shrunken Orangutan Heads and two-faced pickled kittens, and
done it admirably, I might add.
Robin Chaney has been a great help providing me with photos,
info and dragging a new batch of exhibits out into the field
to get my own show back in shape. (Sorry about sending the
tattooed human skin over without warning you!)
Doug Hobart's contribution to my life and career (in both
film and outdoor) has been one that has spanned twenty
years. Everyone should be so lucky.
I would especially like to thank Malcolm Garey, whose name I
inadvertently misspelled throughout the book as Malcom
Geary, repeating the error perpetrated in an article in
the August '92 issue of Carousel magazine. Sorry
I have enjoyed knowing and sharing information with Bryan
Forbes and Mark Frierson. Without the assistance of all of
these people I doubt I would have (or could have) written
FRED OLEN RAY
Thank you all.