Hamid-Morton - Thursday, April 2, 2015

The American Treasure Tour blog has been circus happy all week.  Why break a streak?  Today, we are going to talk about the Hamid-Morton Circus, which has been touring throughout the United States for over seventy-five years.  The acrobatic skills of the young George Hamid, a tumbler from the town of Broumana, Lebanon, got him a spot in Buffalo Bill's Wild West show.  It wasn't until he partnered with Robert Morton, though, that he showed his chops as an independent.  Morton's connections with different Shrine organizations got them prime locations, and they've been wowing audiences ever since.

Known as the Hamid Circus now, performances include human feats such as high wire stunts, crazy clown shows, and acrobatic stunts.  They also have exotic animal acts that include dancing elephants and tiger training.  There are few circuses that have been around as long as Hamid, and the fact it has been run by the same family for so long makes it quite special.
QUESTION:  Which of the following is not included in the goals of the Shriners?
A)  Fun
B)  Truth
C)  Ribaldry
D)  Fellowship

IS VIOLENCE THE ONLY WAY?  The clear answer on this day in 1917 was that yes, violence was the only way.  World War I had been raging between the European countries and their satellites since 1914, and the United States had managed to remain largely neutral.  The only Americans fighting were volunteers who enlisted in foreign armies.  That was all about to change, as President Woodrow Wilson, who had been re-elected because he kept America out of the terrible conflict, submitted a request to Congress to declare war against Germany and its allies.  It was a sad day indeed.

DO  YOU LIKE CARS?  Few men have had a greater impact on the automotive industry than today's birthday honoree, and yet most people don't even give his accomplishments a second thought.  Walter Chrysler was born today in 1875, and his ambition and vision made him one of the most successful men to ever name a car company after himself.

QUOTE:  The reason so many people never get anywhere in life is because, when opportunity knocks, they are out in the backyard looking for four-leaf clovers.

ANSWER:  C)  Ribaldry.  That was an obvious one, we know.