March 13, 1986 |
--If there's a sucker born every minute, showman extraordinaire P. T. Barnum continues to reel 'em in nearly a century after his death. The self-proclaimed "Prince of Humbug"--who brought us 26-inch-tall Gen. Tom Thumb, Jo-Jo the Dog-Faced Boy and Jumbo the Elephant during his entrepreneurial career--is drawing a crowd these days with an exhibit at the New York Historical Society.
September 10, 1999 |
When Jordan Bridges was in fifth grade, he did an oral report on P.T. Barnum, already captivated by the infamous King of the Circus. His father, actor Beau Bridges, helped him find a voice and a costume. Little did he know that 15 years later, he and his father would share a wig of voluminous curls to portray six decades of Barnum in a four-hour miniseries. Being shown Sunday and Monday on A&E, "P.T.
October 24, 1986 |
Buena Park Civic Theater's production of "Barnum" has the charm of a circus calliope: It's brash, noisy, old-fashioned and a bit creaky but exuberant enough to be diverting. The musical recounts key moments in the life of P.T. Barnum, the notorious impresario who pioneered the traveling circus and was instrumental in creating "The Greatest Show on Earth."
December 25, 1989 |
Nearly a century ago, in 1891, impresario P.T. Barnum made his final exit, and unfortunately--certainly for him--it was no hoax. However, Barnum has recently made a comeback in a scenario that could have been concocted by the old prince of humbug himself. It concerns his museum. When Barnum died, he left a building in Bridgeport, Conn., that could only be described as Barnumesque--a bizarre mix of architectural styles topped off by a red-tiled dome.
December 25, 1989 |
Step right up, ladies and gentlemen, the Barnum Museum is not for suckers. The three floors of the newly refurbished museum located in Bridgeport, Conn., are filled with memorabilia from the life and times of Phineas Taylor Barnum (1810-1891), the father of mass-market entertainment. Welcoming guests to the first floor is a six-foot animated statue of Barnum.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 18, 1991 |
Not everyone would consider it great luck to break both legs in a tractor accident. But Cotton Rosser figures it was the best thing that ever happened to him. The former rodeo rider, who will furnish truckloads of livestock for a South County rodeo this weekend, credits an accident that almost cost him use of his legs for boosting him into a career devoted to "keeping Western heritage alive."