Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - March 28, 1972, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
The Cedar Rapids Cfazette: Tues., March 28, 1972
This Couple Ran Away To Join Circus
Easter Hunt Prize Gets Bunny Hug
Bv Gay Pauley
NEW YORK (UPI) - “Kids J
don't run away anymore to join *' * M
the circus. Grownups do." fc lP
Speaking was Troy Strait, 27, Hmp ^ AH
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team which mac be tho ooh one JHkP i;j4
in tho country. Troy and Ten- I
Anne Strait, who's 2fi, were a IT;^
pretty controversial couple until
two years ago when Troy docid- S M JPj mmw
cd to enroll in the Ringling ff J %^'t lr |
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college of clowns, in Venice, SsBgra VT \f9PHQfl
Fla, near Sarasota, winter home of the circus itself.
The change all came about fit'it JRS?
because of the job Troy Strait ^ u
landed after he got out of the
army. He went to work for a ' „ \sif - WM
Norfolk, Va., television station ^
doing writing, production and ii.
Strait interviewed Coco. Ring- MBL
ling’s advance man now re-tired, and Coco told him about the school.
“Tori and I mulled it over and
over,” said Strait who was per-
forming as an amateur magi- yRjljf
cian and clown in his teens.
‘‘.Matter of fact, we mulled until the deadline on applications for
admission and then sent off a Juggling is one of the fi
special delivery letter.” he passes a vegetable stand
He was accepted for the eight husband-wife team performin
weeks of intensive training at • M v l t i l
,, , , , , . P , in New York luesday, looks
the only school for professional 7
funnymen, getting instruction in I
everything from yoga to aero- funny. If they don’t, it isn’t.” batics to unicycling to the tech- The Straits are fairly new at niques of falling (clowns taking the professional clown business, falls are as traditional as although in seven years of mar-clowns’ outlandish makeup and riage they’d often done chil-costumes). jdren’s shows in greasepaint and
“The clown college can teach I costume. This is the start of you everything but how to be I their second year with Ringling, funny,” said Strait. “You can and her debut as a clown. Last be born with some talent but it year, Strait traveled as advance takes experience to make it.” man as well as performer. His
The Straits recalled the mean-wife went along as part of the lng of fun as defined by the vet- Wardrobe staff and observed the cran clown Otto Griebling, who clowning act. gets star billing with Ringling.: The Straits are among the Griebling, now in his 70s, once some 35 clowns in the show. told them. “If they laugh, it’s He’s billed as Buppa and she’s
The bunny is twice as tall as she but 3-year-old Jane Lynn Carroll still hangs on to her prize after winning an Easter hunt in Springfield, III. Peanuts were used instead of eggs in the event and Jane came up with the golden peanut.
iPoki Doti. His costume is the traditional baggy trousers and outsized shoes. She’s continuing the type of costume she first used, an outlandish polka dot I outfit plus two big round red circles on her cheeks and a j round red nose in the middle.
“I’m sort of the establishment clown,” said Troy Strait. “You know, the Mr. Cool . . . until I fall flat on my face. She's the bumbler, the trickster, the nemesis.”
The Straits travel with the circus as many other performers do — in mobile homes, i
DAYTON, Ohio (UPI)-Rep. Shirley Chisholm, a Democratic presidential hopeful, said Friday she had never seen a place that is as “hung up on sex as the good old U.S.A.”
Rep. Chisholm of New York delivered the keynote address at a workshop on women in society at the University of Dayton.
“I’ve done a great deal of traveling and I’ve never seen a place that is as hung up on I sex, physically, psychological-
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