The Circus comes to Town

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  1. Foolardi

    Foolardi Well-Known Member

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    Not anymore folks.At least the Big ones like Ringling Bros. and
    Barnum & Bailey.The last Big Circus folded going on 2 years now.
    As of May,2017.
    WHY ? Many reasons.Too high operating costs and also Animal Rights
    groups piling on.Like what happened to Mink Coat sales.
    I don't buy into some of the cost analysis.Because those Big Tent
    Tops were very cost intensive,complicated and requring very experienced
    Roadies.The Big Top moved inside to Stadiums but there still existed the need
    for a Circus to travel by rail and all the accompanying weight.
    It eventually became too unfeasible and the weight alone too taxing.
    Plus circus acts die out and younger members of famous acts get
    skittish.I was lucky as a kid in the early 60's to see the Great Wallendas.
    A highwire act.
    Today Kids no longer have the opportunity of watching a great Circus.
    Which is an American shame.Circus were a fundamental part of
    growing up.Like being a Boy Scout or Girl Scout.Or watching or
    listening to a Nun or Priest or Rabbi.A Minister like Billy Graham.
    Disneyland did it's part.Then Disney World.But they too are under attack.
    What does all this mean.As we enter Super Bowl weekend.Which used
    to be much earlier in days past.Which turned commercial years ago.
    At times being more about the New TV commercials.Often outlandish.
    I sense a Pattern here.A pattern of bad karma.As if America and
    Americans aren't capable of just enjoying good old fashioned entertainment.
    I'm not asking for Reruns of Lawrence Welk or Hee Haw.
    But something Gull durnit.We are becoming a nation of survival of
    the most Unfittest.If there ever was such a word.
     
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    HereWeGoAgain Well-Known Member

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    You are mourning the loss of times passed. The circus had its day. As did freak shows, Vaudeville, puppet shows, duels, jousting matches, feeding Christians to the lions...

    Everything is transient.

    It won't be long before no one knows how to drive a car anymore.
     
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    Rubbish.Almost complete pap.What one should expect Millennials
    to think.The Circus accompanied the Universal appeal like no
    other venue of entertainment.More than a Big League Baseball game
    or NFL Football.More than any Championship Boxing match.
    The Circus knew no peer.From Tots to Teens to Mom & Dad and
    Grandpa & Grandma to everyone from the neighbor,combined,The
    Circus was The American tradition.Maybe not among hardened criminals,
    but I doubt even they would scoff at a Big Time Circus.
    It was as American as Mom,Apple Pie and Hot dogs.
    Again ... I don't expect certain sectors of today's society to agree with
    my assessment as to the Importance of a Big Time Circus in America.
    No more than some of Todays Moms,would their Having a Baby.
    Once virtually Everything can be taken for granted,it is no longer
    The Unites States.The United States of Purgatory ... Maybe.
     
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    also if one was not fit to enlist in the military they could have joined the circus for 3 hots and a cot.
     
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    Many a Golden age Movie star joined the circus.Like W.C. Fields and
    Cary Grant and Burt Lancaster.Even Kool guy actor Steve McQueen
    as a young teen ran away from his Uncle's farm to join the circus.
     
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    Under the Big Top only 2 days count.
    Today and Tomorrow. -- Cecil B. DeMille { narrator }.
     
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    Times change and things fade out.

    It's part of life.
     
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    Foolardi Well-Known Member

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    BTW ... the ending of Cecil B. DeMille's - The Greatest Show on Earth - { 1952 }
    was about the most splendid example of American Exceptionalism ever
    filmed.To never say die and keep on going.
    What literally Built this great country.Rugged Individualism and
    a Pioneer Spirit.Plus Team spirit.
     
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    I'm not a millennial. ;)

    Everything is transient. I learned that a long time ago.

    I enjoyed the circus as a kid. But it wasn't THAT big of a deal.

    Now if you want to talk about tragedies, Radio Shack closing was a tragedy. ;) I remember going to Radio Shack with my dad when I was just a little guy. And I continued using Radio Shack for electronic components for the next 40 years. For every hour I spent at a circus, I spent days at a Radio Shack.

    No more drawers filled with 2N2222s, LM7805s, IRF840s :no:
    ... oh the humanity!!!
     
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    God said the animals were put here for our pleasures, to be sacrificed for food and entertainment like hunting and circus acts.

    they closed ringling brothers because the clowns were traumatising the elephants

    and shamoo from sea world was being mistreated from being well fed.
     
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