Monday, June 29, 2009

Tito Gaona - Circus Movie Star Flyer

Read the original article here:
Tito Gaona 1974 Sports Illustrated

I had the great pleasure of working with the "Flying Gaonas" on the Big Apple Circus. They were circus aristocracy and yet the nicest family you could ever meet. This article is well written and very descriptive of Tito's circus history. Take a step back in time and have a read.

You can fly with Tito at one of his flying schools by clicking here:

Friday, June 26, 2009

Circus Flora Medrano 2009

I had the great pleasure of seeing Circus Flora this year and spending time with wonderfully talented friends. On a scale of Lynn I give it a TEN!
I snapped a few pics and put this together. For some reason the video is not centered here, click on it to see the best version at the YouTube site. Thanks!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

The Circus that is Britney Spears

"I know why the caged bird sings." Maya Angelou

"Like a Stepford pop Princess, she gave a perfect show." Michele Knight
Britney Blog Article

This take on Britney pretty much confirms my own. As I've said here before, "May you have a safe and sane tour." I feel for her, I really do.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Yulee Diddley Day in Archer, FL 6-6-09

Archer, FL, population 1302, celebrates people!

David Yulee, was an imaginative entrepreneur, wily politician, brilliant orator, and man of great charm and charisma. FL's first US Senator.

Bo Diddley, born Ellas Otha Bates, was an original and influential American rock & roll singer, guitarist, and songwriter. He was known as "The Originator" because of his key role in the transition from blues music to rock & roll. As Tom Petty says, "Elvis was King, but Diddley his Daddy."

Both lived in Archer.

A local couple has refurbished their home into the U.S. Victory Museum from donated artifacts including seldom seen health posters. Civil War Reenactors also participate.

Proof positive PEACE and LOVE are the only answer and we CAN all get along.

Comments welcome!

Friday, June 5, 2009

Bo Diddley Day?!?!?!

I live in Archer and am looking forward to this. I ran into Bo at the airport on occasion and am I glad I had the nerve to chat him up. He was the nicest guy and when asked what advice he would give to fellow musicians he encourged them to follow their own muse and do it their own way. Worked for him.

From the Gainesville Sun

Diddley was incredibly visible and involved in the Archer community during his lifetime said Faith Fusillo, Diddley's former business manager who now helps oversee part of his estate. If an organization needed help raising money, Diddley would be there with a guitar and amp, ready to perform, she added.

"He was a very common man. Bo wasn't about limousines and tuxedos, he was more about tractors and overalls," she said.

Fusillo likens the memorabilia exhibition to a mini-Graceland. It includes some of Diddley's stage costumes, a guitar he used up until his last performances, his leather cowboy hat and many awards, including his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Diddley's estate managers had countless offers to display his memorabilia in large cities, but waited for the opportunity to show it in Archer because of Diddley's connection to the area, Fusillo said.

"Bo lived and died in Archer," she said. "He traveled the world, but always chose to come home to Archer."

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Read it, don't weep! Spectacle Magazine

I've subscribed from the beginning and have enjoyed seeing the evolution and reading the intelligent discussion of circus as an art form. Not to mention the inspiring photos and reviews that keep me abreast of circus worldwide. Thank you Earnest Albrecht for your discerning observations and dedication in keeping this magazine going.

I highly suggest a Sponsor subscription and you'll be looking forward to each and every issue in your mailbox, tearing off the envelope and sitting down to read, being transported around the world, in front and behind every circus out there without leaving your easy chair. All that's missing is the smells.