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September 23, 1991 | BOB ELSTON
It was a veritable clown jam at Cypress College's Clown Camp over the weekend. About 140 clowns, dressed in costumes and makeup and portraying babies, hobos, little girls, mischievous boys and princesses, came to the camp to refine their art form and learn about the responsibility of being a clown. They practiced the "Flash Five" juggle. They traded philosophies on the finer points of clowning. They rehearsed their solo acts for clown colleagues. Pretty serious business for a bunch of clowns.
July 7, 1999
A group of 25 children studying for an "associate degree" in clownology learned the finer points of juggling, makeup and human pyramids Tuesday from professionals of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey circus. The Los Angeles Children's Museum hosted the first in a series of four seminars for the group of inner-city youths, ages 11 to 13. They belong to the Los Angeles Police Department's Deputy Auxiliary Police Youth Program, which provides activities for young people.
November 5, 1991 | HERBERT J. VIDA
"You do what for a living?" is the question asked on a badge Pat Lay Wilson wears most of the time. The answer would be puppeteer, clown, magician, face painter, balloon sculptor, costume designer, teacher, author and lecturer. "People are intrigued with what I do," said the Santa Ana woman, who spends most of her time performing with her cast of 300 hand-puppets. "There are no stars," Wilson explains.
January 13, 1988 | TED ROHRLICH, Times Staff Writer
The zaniest and, at the same time, the most sincere place to be in Los Angeles on Tuesday may have been a pour-your-heart-out competition to be Bozo the Clown. About 60 would-be Bozos vied for jobs as the clown who's "brought you a bagful of rootin'-tootin' tricks." Aspirants were required to march to a microphone on an indoor basketball court at the First Methodist Church in Hollywood and tell Larry Harmon, who says he started performing as Bozo 38 years ago, why they want to be like him.
July 19, 1997 | DEBRA CANO
Dressed in baggy plaid knickers with suspenders, oversized shoes that looked like big boxing gloves and a bright red bubble-like nose, Michael O'Neill clowned around this week and gave children at Anaheim Central Library a preview of the circus. He stood on his head, performed magic acts, read a story about Harriett the elephant going to the circus and juggled balls, clubs, sticks and scarves to the oohs and ahs of more than 100 children and parents.
Andrea Stava, pretty in pink from hair bow to party shoes, leaned against her mommy's knees as she waited in the crowd. She seemed awfully calm considering she had waited all her life for this moment. Maybe the 6-year-old was too young to grasp the full import of the occasion. It wasn't lost on her mother. "I waited 28 years!" Debbie Stava exclaimed. "When we got the tickets I went bonkers for Bozo!" Waiting for Bozo is as quintessentially Chicago as deep dish pizza or the Cubs' Bleacher Bums.
A Moscow Circus clown left his Soviet troupe earlier this week in Nevada and is seeking asylum in the United States, as well a job with a circus here, an attorney who represents him said Thursday. The clown, Sergei Uhanov, "is alive and well and happy and he is in the process of applying for political asylum," said lawyer Michael Ross. Ross would not reveal his client's whereabouts, but a San Francisco restaurateur said the lawyer and the clown dined in his establishment two nights this week.
December 7, 1989 | NANCY CHURNIN
For Sergei Alexandrovich Pavlov, who clowns his way through the Soviet Acrobatic Revue, comedy is no laughing matter. Pavlov, 31, has never heard of Woody Allen. And yet, the red-haired, freckle-faced clown, who dreams of writing, directing and starring in his own movies, looks and talks like a Soviet version of--who else?--Woody Allen. Pavlov is the single clown in the Soviet Acrobatic Revue, which makes its American debut Tuesday at the Old Globe Theatre, with performances through Dec. 17.
April 23, 1992
The latest version of Burbank on Parade this Saturday will feature a lot of clowning around. The parade's grand marshal will be veteran television personality Bozo the Clown. Chucko the Birthday Clown, a popular clown who had a television show during the 1960s, will also march in the parade. More than 300 clowns will participate in the annual parade, which starts at 11 a.m. at Magnolia Boulevard and California Street and moves east to George Izay Park.
July 24, 1992 | ERIC YOUNG
About half a dozen would-be Bozo the Clowns goofed around Thursday afternoon as part of a one-day audition for spots in the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College. The audition, held two days after the circus began performing at the Anaheim Convention Center, was a chance for people interested in clowning around for a living to pick up an application to the Venice, Fla., clown school and meet some of the circus's professional clowns.
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