Alain Zerbini - Friday, June 26, 2015

A love of the circus is evident almost everywhere you look in the Toy Box here at the American Treasure Tour, from the wonderful band organs to the carnival game stuffed animals.  Of course, there are many different circuses that exist in the world above and beyond the most famous one - Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey.  Today, we would like to discuss another circus whose advertisement is on display in our Toy Box.  Alain Zerbini may not have the name recognition of Ringling, but that does not mean you should pass up the chance to see him, or his family, perform.

The first recorded instance of a Zerbini performing in a circus happened in Italy in 1763, and the family has continued the tradition for centuries!  From Italy to Africa, then to America, Charles Zerbini joined the Mills Brothers Circus in 1961, bringing their exotic animal performers with them on an eleven-day voyage across the sea.  Young Jean Zerbini adopted the name Tarzan as he became the first animal trainer in America to set aside the whip and chair, using his voice and body to command big cats to follow his bidding - he was soon so successful he earned $1,000 a day.  By the 1980s, Tarzan had developed his own circus under one large tent.  The Zerbini Family Circus tours Canada and the United States, with such acts as the Flying Wallenda Brothers and the Cortez family - famous acrobats and trapeze artists.  
QUESTION:  What is absent from the Wallenda Brothers' act?
A)  Their hands
B)  Highwires
C)  Safety Net
D)  Outfits

ELVIS HAS LEFT THE BUILDING.  At the tragically young age of 42, Elvis Presley died on August 16th, 1977. The very last time he graced a stage for a live performance prior to his death was almost two months earlier - on this day.  He played at the Market Square Arena in Indianapolis, Indiana.  No officially-endorsed recording of the concert has ever been published, although footage can be found on-line of Elvis singing.  He was not in top form, and occasionally slipped into incoherent mumbling during his last song, "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" He has remained popular since his untimely death, and currently comes in second behind Michael Jackson as the biggest money-making late celebrity.

RON SWANSON.  Turning 45 today is the actor behind Ron Swanson.  Nick Offerman, the comedian best-known for his incredibly dry sense of humor, made the somewhat anarchic character Ron Swanson charming on the well-loved sitcom Parks & Recreation for seven seasons.  He has also appeared in numerous other programs, including Childrens Hospital, where he gets to work with his wife, another incredibly funny person:  Megan Mulally. Happy birthday Ron!  I mean, Nick!

QUOTE:  I always had a lot of confidence in my work and the unique flavor I bring to my characters, but you know I'm not a huge dreamer. - Nick Offerman