Monday, October 5, 2009

Here Lies Norma Jean

Sunday, October 4: Oquaka, IL-2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Yesterday and this morning I consulted the GPS on my phone, and both times it told me that there was absolutely nothing in town. Thankfully it was wrong and there was civilization not far from the lot.

Ryan and I went to breakfast, and then we sought out the elephant memorial in this town. In 1972, a circus (whose name I forget) was playing here and an elephant, Norma Jean, was struck by lightning while chained to a tree. The city put up a memorial for the elephant complete with flowers, news clippings, and an elephant statue.



I found out later that Armando and his family were on the show when it happened; he would have been 1 year old or so.

We had a decent sized crowd for the first show. Mr North showed up afterwards; he will be with us until the end of the tour.

There was a small second show crowd, and I didn't think it would be possible, but they were even less lively than the first crowd. It was depressing; Ryan and I resolved to have a good time regardless.

It was a beautiful day, but it got downright chilly as nightfall approached. At the BBQ tonight the America's Own crew made some dating videos for fun; some of them turned out hilarious. As soon as Casey finishes editing them, I will upload some of the more P.C. ones here.

October 6-Mt. Sterling, IL October 7-Winchester, IL October 8-Benld, IL



5 comments:

Harry Kingston said...

Norma Jean, was a 6500 pound elephant owned by Clark and Walters Circus which was the Sliverlakes number two Circus.
There Fisher Bros. was there number one Circus.
Norma Jean died on July 17, 1972 while tied to a tree and her trainer was possum red and he was knocked 30 feet when the lightining struck the tree.
The Silverlakes always had a great small circus and had been in the business for many years. There real name was Timberlakes.
Mel Silverlake is a great western film fan and Roy and Gene was his favorite.
Thanks Steve for the publicity on your blog as I figured if i got you stirred up some you would get back to it.
Also you two take a great photo and you have an excellent choice in women.
Clowns rock.
Harry

Steve Copeland said...

Yes....you are the sole impetus behind me catching up...

Harry Kingston said...

Steve a million thanks for you blog as many of us fans read it every day to see what is going on on KM.
And you know what I said in the past was just trying to get you started again.
Nothing was ever meant in a mean way and hope you know that.
Cannot wait to see what you have in store for us next year as you both are real clowns.
Which are very few now days.
What will Steve and Ryan have for us in 2010.
Sure hope it is not rainy next year.
Harry

Anonymous said...

I though you were talking about Marilyn Monroe. :(

Anonymous said...

hey i grew up in that town! there really is nothing to do! I can't believe that you two fools went to that gravesite! it is kind of big joke to all who grew up there - used to climb on the memorial as a kid! for a real treat check for the hbo special they did all about this elephant - they interviewed drunk people at the local bar - you can't make this crap up!