Panama City News-Herald from Panama City, Florida on February 18, 1973 · Page 14
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Panama City News-Herald from Panama City, Florida · Page 14

Panama City, Florida
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Sunday, February 18, 1973
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jNigi^ t4A NiOWS-HBRALD, Pannnia City, Fla., Sunday, February 18, 10*3 Clown Honored tisements. In his native town of Sedan, Kan., he had taken a correspondence course in cartooning and his aim was to become a newspaper cartoonist. The character he drew was a wistful, ragged follow, like Willie, and he began to use the tramp clown in chalk talks at amateur contests around Kansas City. From the beginning, Willie never talked. Kelly used his great gifts as a pantomimist to achieve his effects. And Willie's antics have been delighting circus fans since 1932 when Kelly finally convinced the Hagenbeck & Wallace circus authorities that a tramp character could be a very funny clown. Back in 1921, when Kelly was giving his chalk talks, he got the idea of portraying Willie as a tramp clown in the circus. He couldn't sell thfe idea — all circus clowns then had to appear in white face with shining and clean costumes. The bundle of rags he had devised as Willie's costume were unacceptable. So Kelly, tiring of cartooning and chalk talking, joined Howes Great London Circus in 1921 as a white-faced clown. A friend taught him trapeze work and ho worked as a trapeze performer with the John Robinson show and then the Sells-Floto circus. In 1937, Kelly took Willie to England and the big Bertram Mills circus, performing in front of such notables as Winston Churchill. He left England just prior to the outbreak of World War n, played a tramp comic in the Broadway musical "Keep Off the Grass" with Jimmy Du- rantee, Jackie Gleason, Ray Bolger and Jane Froman, and in 1942 began a 14-year engagement with Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey circus. It was here that Kelly perfected the pantomime that gained enduring fame for Weary Willie. Where other clowns changed costumes frequently and used many props, Kelly had one costume and the simplest props—a broom used in a futile effort to sweep away a bothersome spotlight reflection. For the past '12 years, Willie has been headlining at Harrah's club In Lake Tahoe, Nev., and making TV and concert appearances, always the sad misfit getting in the way of the violin section as he used to get in the way of the great circus spectaculars. Kelly's permanent home is in Sarasota where he lives with his wife, a former circus performer whom he met on the Ringling show, and their two teen-age daughters, Stasia, 17, and Monlka, 15, both students at Riverview high school. , In MB den filled with me- Imentos of his famous career, there Is a plaque given to him by the Emmett Kelly Tent, Circus Fans of America, that statesi "50 years In show business — 1921-71 — Immortal •weary Willie,* a legend In his own time, presented vHth great pride and affection by the membership of Emmett Kelly Tent, November 18, 1972." It win also be with great pride ^. ^ and affection that Emmet Kelly doubts the oommunbts "have will be feted on Feb. 25, the identified everyone who died In ninth In a series sponsored by SARASOTA, Fla. — Emmett Kelly who created the immortal "Weary Willie," the tramp clown with the sad face, wll be honored by the Ringling Museum of the Circus at a reception in the John Ringling residence in Sarasota on Feb. 25 from 7 to 9 p.m. Other circus greats, members of the Showfolks of Sarasota, and Kelly's many friends and fans will be on hand in the palatial home of the circus king to pay tribute to a man who was the "Big Show's" funniest clown. Curator John Hurdle will present Kelly with a plaque and lifetime pass to the Ringling Museum of the Circus where a special display featuring Kelly's career will be on view for the next several months. Kelly has just returned from Boston where "Weary Willie" appeared in the Boston Opera Company's production of "The Bartered Bride." With Willie's performance in opera, Kelly has now worlted in every form of entertainment. . .vaudeville, night clubs, Ice shows, Broadway musical, motion pictures, television, symphony concerts, trade and boat shows, baseball and basketball games and, of course, the circus. In 19f>7, Kelly clowned with the Brooklin Dodgers' beloved "bums" at Ebbets Field, perhaps Willie's spiritual home. He started with them at spring training, went north with the team, and visited the farm systems when the Dodgers played games away. He was the first clown to appear on British television in 1937, made the TV film, "The Captain from Kopenick" in 195G and "The Clown and the Kids" six years ago in Bulgaria. Henry Fonda played the lead in a film depleting Kelly 's life story that was based on the book, "Clown," written by Kelly and F. Beverly Kelley. Kelly's only flhn appearance in white face make-up was In the Universal production "The Fat Man" (1950) In which he had to kin a number of people; Rocft Hudson, Jayne Meadows and several others. "I couldnt use ^ie In a part like ttiat," Kel^ said. "He is a charaoter children remember and he shottld be portrayed as he was in the film The Greatest Show on Earth.' " KeDy created Winie with pen and ink on a drawing board 52 years ago when he worked for the Ad Film Company In Kansas City drawing commercial advep. But 68 Died WASHINGTOP/ (UPD — Of the 659 acknowledged U.S. prisonen of war in Southeast Asia, 68— or lO.S per cent—died In captivity compared with a S8 per cent death rate among American POWf in Korea, according to the Pentagon. In releasing the figures Thursday, defense officials oau> tioned ttiat the comparison may be nisleadlng. Tim:* are grave ----- h . • captl^ in Southeast Asia, were reported for POW camps in Laos. WEARY WILLIE - Emmet Kelly, chosen as ninth Sarasota Circus Celebrity, relaxes in his den alongside his portrait as the famed "Weary Willie." the Ringling Museum of the Cir- particularly since no fatalites cus to honor Sarasota circus celebrities ourrently performing in circuses throughout tiie world. |0 )Rgoleijiiv! MONOGRAM i MT'S SOFTER THAN CARPET, BUT ITS VINYL" ; Monogram Cushioned V inyl is another innovation from Congoleum, the world's largest manufacturers. This exclusive product is 9/32" thick with deep-down cushioned luxury. There's nothing like it anywherel -6 PATTERNS TO CHOOSE FROM- REGULARLY $12.95 NOW 8 95 ?2: NIXON'S CARPETS GET THE BEST FOR A PRICE LESS THAN THE REST : WE AIM PHONE TO PLEASE 769-1496 TAX RELIEF NOW PANAMA CITY NOW RECEIVES EXTRA INCOME IN THE AMOUNT OF $1^00,000.00 Yearly. This is Revenue Sharing income From the State and Federai Governments. It is simply a portion of Your Tax dollar Being Returned to the City For The Purpose of Giving Relief to the Taxpayer oh the Local Level. If it is used for any other Purpose it Defeats the Intent of Congress. PANAMA CITY TAXPAYERS NAVE NOT BEEN GIVEN RELIEF. The Present City Commission Chose to Have a Cash Carry Over in Excess of $1,000,000.00 Instead of Given you a Tax Reduction. if elected your City Commissioner I will work for an immediate pull back of 2 to 4 mills in Advolorem taxes and make it effective now. Vote For RALPH BURGESS City Commissioner, Ward 2. Pd.M.Adv. TOP VALUE STAAAPS WITH 7.50 OR MORE FOOSOtKR VOID AFTER SAT. FEB. 24 SttuiltciH Stat BONELESS COOKED KENTUCKY AUSTORES WEEKDAYS 0:30 -9:00 PM. 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