Thursday, October 11, 1956   Vol. C679



East Farewell – The “New and Improved” Greatest Show on Earth rolled into town on Sunday with its traditional march down Main Street. The wonderful spectacle was loud with the newly added brass band, majestic with the cages of wild animals and a little silly with all the clowns, clown cars, jugglers and sideshow acts marching in a long line that moved down Main turned on Lakeshore Drive and moved on up to the Fairgrounds were they set up shop. The train sidings that run beside the fairgrounds are where the Circus ‘parked their railcars during the show. The Circus has been traveling by rail for the last 20 years so the easy access to the fairgrounds made East Farewell a natural stop on the circuit. Many people have asked why this is only the fifth year the Circus has made the visit. Both town and Circus management have declined to elaborate but they would only say they are happy that they are here now and look forward to making East Farewell a yearly stop on their tour.

            The Circus will be in town all week with shows every day opening at 10:00AM and every evening until 10:00PM with a matinee next Saturday and an evening extravaganza on Saturday night. The show draws many people from all over the area and the Midway is almost always packed the entire time. Ringmaster Dwight Bigalowe is enjoying his twelfth year as Ringmaster and is known for mixing with the audience and many times in between shows can be found out on the Midway greeting Circus goers and even signing autographs for some. “I love to come to East Farewell, everyone is so nice and we are always welcome with open arms. Even the animals seem to enjoy stopping here. They know they are going to get some great local food from the farms around here and I think they really know when we pull in, they seem happier,” Bigalowe said when interviewed by this paper.

            In addition to the in house 10 piece brass band a trapeze act has been added to the show this year. The High Flying Verkalanda Family is originally from Romania and has been performing as a family for over three generations. Along with the patriarch, Boris, the family is made of two daughters, Katrina and Sylvia, and two sons, Boris II and Raul. They perform a high wire act and an amazing trapeze act that has to be seen to be appreciated. Along with the animal trainers, the bare-back horse riders, the jugglers and of course the clowns the show is indeed the Greatest Show on Earth.

High Flying Verkalandas in action



On the football field, sometimes beauty is in the eye of whichever sideline you’re standing on. On Friday, the Riverview Wildcats Kevin Hankins and Region High Cougar’s Pat McKean clashed like titans, but the coaching staffs could not agree on a winner. Hankins is a 6-foot-4, 278-pound two-way dump truck committed to State. McKean is a 6-foot, 210-pound defensive end built for speed.   Truth be told, both bested each other plenty. McKean and the Cougars, however, got the last laugh.   Thanks to McKean’s three sacks — and “Tank” Brown’s and “Merc” McMaster offensive spark — the Cougars held off the Wildcats, 21-14, at the Regional High Field.

 McKean finished the game with a sack of Hankin’s brother, Joe, who nearly rallied the Wildcats from a 21-6 deficit in the second half.   It was McKean’s first half, however, that was the subject of debate.   Early on, the Riverview sideline could be heard telling the State-bound Hankins that McKean was “eating his lunch.”

 Meanwhile, the Cougars coaches told a different story.   “I was missing a lot of tackles in the first half,” McKean said. “I was getting yelled at for it. But my coaches kept lifting me up and telling me to forget about it, and keep playing. And that’s what I did.”

McKean, a senior who has earned mostly smaller school looks, consistently penetrated past the Wildcats line but couldn’t finish plays with tackles.   “No. 72 [Haskins] is a player, man,” McKean said. “That’s the best guy I ever played in my life. Wow. I really had to dig deep for this one. I can barely walk right now.”

 Fortunately for the Cougars (2-0), Brown and Wilson were dynamic early. Brown finished 17 of 29 for 245 yards and 2 touchdowns. McMaster finished with seven catches for 143 yards and one touchdown.   “Those guys fight for us all day,” McKean said. “I just want to stay with them. I don’t want to get left behind, so it’s always a competition. Even though I wasn’t doing my thing in the first half, I saw Merc just scorching the defense and I wanted to be like that.”

 But it was the Cougars defense that got scorched in the second half.   For Riverview (1-1), Frankie Doyle (10 carries for 100 and one score) and Joe Hankins (17 carries for 68 yards) carved through the Cougars’ poor tackling.  Hankins even scurried for three first downs after low snaps bounced on the turf.   That is, until McKean notched a huge third-down sack in the fourth and another to end regulation.

  “All the adrenaline was just surging,” he said. “I was like, ‘This is the one, this is the one.’ If I want to be a leader on this team — even I have the role of captain — my first-half play wasn’t the caliber of a captain. So, I had to step it up and make a big play for my team.”

The Cougars are now 2-0 on the early season and face a tough run in next few weeks as they go up against the strongest teams in the league, Corning next week and the Slate Mountain Canaries (north side of the mountain), both of whom are also undefeated. Next week game is in Corning on Saturday beginning at 2:00PM.



Premier David Ben-Gurion says Israel is not eager for battle with the Arabs, but “If we are attacked we shall fight with all our strength to the end - and that means until victory.”  Secretary of State Dulles declares that the United States will help the Arab kingdom of Jordan if Israel strikes that country.  Prime Minister Eden appoints a new Defense Minister following reports that Britain’s armed forces were unable to strike at once when the Suez crisis first broke in July. Gone is Sir Walter Monckton he is replaced by Antony Head.


On the campaign trail - From the Twin Cities in Minnesota - the President heads to Los Angeles, where the Hollywood Bowl flowed to overcrowd to hear President Eisenhower speak. Vice-President Nixon says he thinks the kind of investigations of Communist activity formerly conducted by Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy are no longer needed. Nixon, at a nationally televised CBS news conference with student editors, gives credit to Eisenhower administration security policies for taking “this issue... out of the political arena.”


 A Baptist minister throws-away his sermon after a teenage gang asked him for an opinion on Elvis Presley. He said Elvis is on his way out. “Presley is on top today, but in one of two years, he will be far less popular.” The Rev. Edward Hales continued, saying that Presley is an expression of the “subconscious nature of modern youth in a time of turmoil.”  “But this is not anything new. We went thought the stages of the Charleston, the Big Apple and the swooning of teenagers over Frank Sinatra.” “I feel the emotional nature of young people has produced Elvis Presley. Part of adolescence is change. We are living in a world where it’s pretty hard even for adults to remain emotionally stable.”


Elvis Presley is arrested after getting in a Memphis fistfight, but is later found blameless. His two opponents were fined for assault and battery. It all started when Presley, home from a tour, stopped at a gas station and asked manager Ed Hopper to check the gas tank for leaks. The singer drew a crowd with his $10,000 car and traffic was blocked. Mr. Hopper asked Presley to leave so the station could get back to normal. A witness said Mr. Presley had agreed to move on, but autograph fans delayed him Hopper then slapped the singer on the back of the head, in which Mr. Presley leaped from the car and punched him, opening a gash on his eye.  An assistant of Mr. Hopper’s then joined the fray and also caught a punch from the singer. A policeman and bystander broke up the fight.



Published by JD Carroll