the Rubber Man"
X. Duggan, "Bobo the Rubber Man", is what is known as a front
bender contortionist. His feature trick was to go through a
small barrel while bent double. He had a reputation as a
drinker, but being aware of my puritanical feelings, quit his
alcoholic abuse entirely.
Three city blocks of deteriorated building had been demolished
making space for a Summerfest on the waterfront prior to the
start of the construction. A local radio station did remote
broadcasts from a trailer on the grounds. Alongside the
temporary studio, a billboard advertising the program had been
built from plywood and erected without anchoring it. On Sunday
afternoon, Bobo went on the midway for a sandwich. He wasn't
back for the next performance. When he missed a second one, I
went to find him. I learned a gust of wind toppled the sign on
him breaking a hip and other bones.
Admitted to Massachusetts General Hospital where doctors told
him he would never do his act again. Our good friend, movie
producer, K. Gordon Murray recommended a prestigious law firm,
which agreed to represent Bobo. He received a satisfactory
settlement, more important, as soon as he was told he wouldn't
work again, he started exercising the afflicted muscles. The
accident occurred June fifteenth and he was back working his act
on Labor Day week.
Then Bobo inherited
some funds, retiring to his hometown, Greenbay, Wisconsin.
Image the Rubber Man by JR Robinson
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