The Journal News from Hamilton, Ohio on March 3, 1974 · Page 27
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The Journal News from Hamilton, Ohio · Page 27

Hamilton, Ohio
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Sunday, March 3, 1974
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Sometimes, kids get the wildest ideas. But for this M/dd/efown /ad, the w/'/d idea really came true. Because he became . . . .Sunday, March 3,1D74 Journal-News. Hamilton. Ohio PageI)-3 ' The man who replaced Clyde Beatty By TOM GRANT , Journal-News Writer "When you're a kid, you get a lot of wild ideas," said Dave Hoover, "...and as a kid I thought I could replace Clyde Beatty." · Dave Hoover saw Clyde Beatty with the Wallace Bros. Circus in Hamilton in 1942. It was at the Fairgrounds and the 10-year-old lad thought it was (he greatest thing he had ever seen--Clyde Beatty working with wild.animals. Nowadays, wherever the Clyde Beatty-Cole Bros, circus performs, you can hear: · "Ladies and gentlemen, give your undivided attention to the steel bound arena. Presenting the incomparable Clyde Beatty-Col Bros', performing animals, consisting of black-maned jungle bred nubian lions and "Royal Bengal Tig'ers" in open assembly - TRAINED AND PRESENTED BY DAVE HOOVER!" Hoover is the premier lion trainer in the United States: the only one with a fighting act. A 1950 graduate of Middletown High School Hoover said "the only time I get to Middletown is when I play there. It's very confining-my act is not a learned profession-1've tried to (rain men before, never having been successful. "The most dangerous part of the act is when the lions and tigers are entering and leaving the cages," he said. "We have had three'fights with lions and tigers this year. You keep from in front of them but you are never safe. "The lions hate each other-the lions all hate tigers. The tigers don't hate each other, but they-do hate lions," Hoover said. '"A lion or tiger is tiota.lree climber-they only attack trainers on the ground. That's why we keep them off the ground, and I have cage men watching them.;; . Hoover said "you can't let a lion or tiger get by with , anything. Whetrthey are supposed to do something you have to make them do it. You can't continue the act if an animal does not want to do a trick. "A fighting act is like a keg of dynamite with a short fuse. As you get older it is supposed to .make you smarter. I got chewed up quite a few times before I got smarter.", ' . Hoover has an affinity for what he does--he's an animal trainer as well as animal lover. lie travels with his animals to some 26 states in 197 cities a year, including about 175 one-day stands. Those "one-day-slands" require an incredible ' .amount of preparation and tent raising and feeding ami moving of animals and people. But, one thing an animal trainer has lo do, and that is stay close to his animals. "The cats," said Hoover, speaking of the danger, "could make mincemeat of me in minutes. It is not v a question of whether I am ever afraid--as long as the cats never know it. If there was fear and they sense it--the cats would take over command." Dave Hoover^ for all his flash and sparkle inside the arena at showtime, is modestandquiet on the outside. He loves the cats, even though he.has been scratched bitten and bruised during his years of work with them. He started learning about animal training by raising his own lion in the backyard of his home in Middletown when he was a kid. Later when he had become a favored protege of the Clyde Beatty-Cole Bros. Circus, he was to know the big jungle beasts intimately and well. Feature Section "ROLL OVER!" And Dave Hoover demonstrates his expertise with the lions and tigers. Photo courtesy oJ Clyde Bealty-Cole Bros. Circus.. PACHYDERM POWER. The. elephants help too. Everybody gets into the act as the big top goes up. Journal-News photo by John JanTM EARLY MORNING and the circus goes up. In "one-night stands" the entire process must be reversed in one dav -- up in the morning, down at night. Journal-News photo by John Janco. TRAVEL CONTRASTS -- Mr. and Mrs. George Simonds, dressed in their San Juan, Puerto Rico, attire look out of place in last week's snow. Journal- News photo by Sam Pemtergrast. A good trade cold, snow for sun By SAM PENDERGRAST Oxford Editor Some 250 Southwestern Ohioans -- including about 60 from the Golden Triangle--have figured out how to stay warm as toast despite 68-degree thermostats in the iate-winter Ohio snow. They're trading Jack Frost in Ohio for "Juan Sol" in the Caribbean during a week-long cruise featuring visits to San Jaun, Puerto Rico, and the neighboring islands of Grenada, Martinique, Antigua, St. Maartin and St. Thomas. Tour Director George Simonds of Oxford's Travel Unlimited says the "all-inclusive" tour is a rarity for this -area because it originated at Greater Cincinnati Airport with departure yesterday and winding up at the same'site Saturday at 6 p.m. The Ohioans flew by jet directly, to San Juan, where they embarked on the four-year-old 353-foot Greek cruise ship "MTS Apollo XI" for the eight-day, seven- night, six-port tour of the Caribbean. The return from San Juan will also be non-stop jet." Simonds, who has been in the travel business ahout eight years and an Oxford booster since he attended Miami University in the middle 1950's, has made a "dry run" of the route and mapped a special, off-the- beaten path tour which he says will show Ohioans the "best of the Caribbean at the best time". The Apollo XI crew'may be "all Greek" to the travelers, but the island hops offer a-regular United Nations flavor: Dutch-French St. Maartin, Spanish-flavored San Juan, British-tinted Antigua, and very French Martinique. ' Stamps in. the News By SYI) KRONISH troduciion of the game lo its AP Newsfeatures people. Now thatlittle island Tennis anyone? is celebrating its 100th That special phrase must anniversary of tennis by have originated in Bermuda issuing four now postage American tennis history, a century ago with the in- stamps. The four-stamp set, issued available at your local,'; at the end Of 1973, depicts stamp dealer. J: various scenes important to B r i t i s h , B c r m u d i a n and This week in Buffer history By Jim Newton Journal-News Writer 1973 was the Electronics;! Progress stamp with.; 1,197,700. Next in popularity '.'· was the Harry S. Truman ·" m e m o r i a l ( 9 3 8 , 6 3 6 ) , ' . ; followed by the Boston Tea ;- · h p n Party (897,870) and Lyndon?! J o h n s o n m e m o r i a l - (701,490). · · Sir March 5 -- 1910 -- Uptown market moved to Market St. March 5 -- 1916 -- Butler County Humane Association organized. March 5 -- 1947 -- Hamilton City Council adopted emergency legislation for 14 per cent consumer tax on utilities. March 6 -- 1941 -- New Paramount Theater opened in Hamilton. March 7 -- 1933 -- Garden plots for a\\ residents offered by city. March 8 -- 1854 -- Former President Millard Fillmore visited Hamilton. March 8 -- 1944 -- American Cyanamid and Chemical Corp. announced plans to establish branch plant south of Hamilton. March 9 -- 1912 -- New building of Hamilton Evening Journal (Journal-News) completed.' March 9 -- 1927 -- City purchased site for garbage disposal plant, south of Columbia Bridge, on west side of Venice Road. If first day sales are any"guide to the popularity ofT- The 18-ccnt stamp shows U.S. commcmoratives, then;! the first lawn tennis court in England, built at Leamington Spa in 1872. The first tennis paraphernalia was brought to Bermuda from England in 1873 by Thomas Middlelon. He gave his equipment to Brownlow Gray, Bermuda's Attorney-General -and owner of "Clermont" -- the shrine of · . · I" Bermudian tennis. This Recently we reported that ·: scene is noted on the 15-cent delays of stamps in panels,; s t a m p . as large as3x 4 feet for such;.. countries as Israel, Federal ·; B e ' r m u d a t e n n i s Republic of Germany; 1- authorities claim to have Republic of China, New ·'. introduced the game to the Zealand, France, Indonesia '·". U.S., and the 24-center and other nations, were :· illustrates the first U.S. available tostamp clubs and '·'. tennis court built at Staten other interested groups by '.' Island Cricket and Baseball the World Wide Philatelic:' Club in New York City in Agency, 116 W. 32nd St., ·; 1874. New York City, N.Y. 10001. I The agency insists that ',The four-cent stamp requests for the · exhibits · depicts a modern scene in must be made on stamp club '.· Bermuda at its NalionaHeltcrhead, to show to : at ·' Tennis Stadium as a packed least 150 people. The Agency ·' gallery watches a doubles says it just dvarges for the ;· match. shipping and insurance of · All stamps menlioned are ihc displays. ' "

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