I am glad I found this website. I am trying to get some information about an incident that my father saw – I believe in the 1940’s in New York City. While I was growing up, my mom took us to the circus to Ringling Bros at Madison Square Garden. My father would never attend, when asked, he would take out this yellowing, old newspaper article showing what happened when he was a kid (from what I can remember him telling me). He was in one of the first few rows, before netting was mandatory and either a highwire walker or acrobat fell right in front of him and smashed his head open – I believe he passed away. It was explained to me that from this incident, the protective netting laws changed (don’t know if this is actually true or not). He never went to the circus again and he would occasionally whip out this article from his prized possessions to show anyone interested. Unfortunately, my father passed away in 1991 and my mother threw away this article not realizing that I wanted to keep it. Now I attended the Ringling Bros show with my children in Madison Square on Tuesday, April 6 when I saw the tightrope walker fall on his head. He landed between the mats and immediately prior to his falling, I wondered why the mats were so far away from each other and and if someone fell, the mats might not protect them. Thank goodness he was not seriously hurt. I would like to take the newspaper article from the current circus mishap and scrapbook it next to the article or any archived article I can find relating to my father’s experience. Believe it was in the 1940’s (1946??) or maybe earlier. Do you know of the incident that I am speaking about and where I can get info on it? Thank you for reading this and thank you in advance for your response.
Sincerely, Randi Seeley
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