CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 13, 1997
He is known as the world's smallest adult and as the person inside the costume of television's "Alf," and Mihaly "Michu" Meszaros gained further recognition Wednesday when Hawthorne Mayor Larry Guidi bestowed him with the title of honorary mayor. At 33 inches tall, the Hungarian-born circus entertainer earned his reputation for being the world's smallest man while performing with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.
September 1, 1990 |
Three animal rights protesters dressed as clowns and shouting slogans were arrested in the center ring of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus after they chained themselves to a high-wire support rope during an intermission on opening night. Circus workers used bolt cutters to snip the protesters' chains. The clowns were taken to the San Mateo county jail and booked on suspicion of trespassing, disturbing the peace and conspiracy, police said.
September 7, 1989 |
Dozens of animals of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, which has its winter quarters here, are being detained in Japan because of a contract dispute between the circus owners and a Japanese promotion company. A State Department official in Washington said the dispute apparently involves money the promoter, Japan Educational Corp., says it is owed. Spokesman David Denny said the State Department has sent a cable to Tokyo telling U.S.
May 23, 2004 |
A circus performer was injured when she fell 30 feet to a concrete floor during a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus show in St. Paul. Witnesses said Dessi Espana was twirling near the top of a long piece of chiffon hanging from a metal bar when the cloth gave way. Another performer on an adjacent piece of chiffon was not injured, circus spokeswoman Alexis Copeland said. Espana was taken to a St. Paul hospital.
May 6, 2007 |
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is threatening to bypass P.T. Barnum's home state if its Legislature passes a bill prohibiting the use of an elephant-herding tool known as a bullhook. Animal rights activists say the hooks can injure elephants. If the bill is passed and signed into law, Connecticut will be the first state to prohibit the steel tool, circus officials said.
October 4, 1993
Henry Ringling North, 83, circus scion who managed "The Greatest Show on Earth." A native of Chicago and educated at Yale University, North helped his older brother, John, run the historic Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus from 1936 until 1967, when they sold it and moved to Europe. While John, who died in 1985, served as president, the younger North held the titles of vice president, treasurer, director and operations chief. The Ringling Bros.
December 23, 1999
What's happening the next few weeks: * Metallica plays Tuesday at 3 p.m. at the Orange Bowl, 1501 N.W. 3rd St. With Creed, Kid Rock and others. $51. (305) 358-5885. * Jean Stapleton stars as Eleanor Roosevelt in "Eleanor" by Rhoda Lerman, at the Coconut Grove Playhouse, 3500 Main Highway, Miami. Jan. 4-30. $30 to $40. (305) 442-4000. * The Miami City Ballet's repertory season continues in February with Balanchine's three-part "Jewels," with choreography to Faure, Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky.
July 19, 1999
FAMILY The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus comes to the Los Angeles Sports Arena, Wednesday- Sunday. Tickets $11.75 to $18.75. (213) 748-6131. * SURFING The Shockwave Beach Games begin today at the Huntington Beach Pier, with the U.S. Open of Surfing running through Sunday. (949) 366-4584. * BEACH Manhattan Beach Recreation Department hosts Wild Woman Water Day, a women's sports event, Saturday. Manhattan Beach Pier. (310) 545-5621.
May 31, 1988
Three mammoth Asian elephants of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus slated to perform in Japan may be left sitting on the docks of Oakland as victims of a diplomatic "Catch-22" between the United States and Japan. The trio of pachyderms, part of a contingent of 16 elephants scheduled to sail today to Tokyo in the first Japanese tour in the history of The Greatest Show on Earth, find themselves subject to an import-export permit standoff between the two countries.