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    • Oral history interview with Charles Baggett

    • Oral history interview with Charles Baggett
    • 7/1/2011
    • Charles Baggett, born in 1941, talked about his father Herman, who owned car dealerships in Hugo, Oklahoma, and the relationship Herman developed with the circus community, and in particular with D.R. Miller. Charles described his experiences...
    • This material may not be copied or reproduced without permission. For more information, contact the Oklahoma Oral History Research Program at liboh@okstate.edu or call 405-744-7685.
    • Oral history interview with Barbara Miller Byrd

    • Oral history interview with Barbara Miller Byrd
    • 11/19/2011
    • Third generation circus owner, Barbara Miller Byrd was born in 1946. She talked about her parents, D.R. and Isla Miller, and the history of the Carson & Barnes Circus, and the future of traveling tent shows. Barbara performed various acts and...
    • This material may not be copied or reproduced without permission. For more information, contact the Oklahoma Oral History Research Program at liboh@okstate.edu or call 405-744-7685.
    • Oral history interview with Traci Cavallini

    • Oral history interview with Traci Cavallini
    • 11/19/2011
    • Traci Byrd Cavallini, born in 1972, talked about her grandparents D.R. and Isla Miller, and about growing up on the family's circus. She shared memories of performing the swinging ladder, and later performing with horses and elephants. Traci...
    • This material may not be copied or reproduced without permission. For more information, contact the Oklahoma Oral History Research Program at liboh@okstate.edu or call 405-744-7685.
    • Oral history interview with Popcorn the Circus Comic

    • Oral history interview with Popcorn the Circus Comic
    • 7/2/2011
    • Popcorn the Circus Comic was born somewhere in the east and he talked about his early interest in magic and how that led to his career as a circus clown. Popcorn described the life of a circus clown, how he developed a few of his routines, and why...
    • This material may not be copied or reproduced without permission. For more information, contact the Oklahoma Oral History Research Program at liboh@okstate.edu or call 405-744-7685.
    • Oral history interview with Mike Fulton

    • Oral history interview with Mike Fulton
    • 8/12/2011
    • Mike Fulton, born in 1957, entered the circus industry at a young age and discussed how that came about. After high school graduation the family moved to Hugo, Oklahoma. He held various jobs within the circus from driving the spool truck and the...
    • This material may not be copied or reproduced without permission. For more information, contact the Oklahoma Oral History Research Program at liboh@okstate.edu or call 405-744-7685.
    • Oral history interview with Dudley Hamilton

    • Oral history interview with Dudley Hamilton
    • 6/30/2011
    • Dudley Hamilton, born in 1929, joined the circus in 1982. He shared his life experiences that brought him to the circus as well as what various jobs he has held within the circus. Dudley described the life of a booking agent, press agent, pie car...
    • This material may not be copied or reproduced without permission. For more information, contact the Oklahoma Oral History Research Program at liboh@okstate.edu or call 405-744-7685.
    • Oral history interview with Jill Jones

    • Oral history interview with Jill Jones
    • 6/15/2011
    • Jill Jones, a 1995 graduate of Hugo High School in Hugo, Oklahoma shared her memories of attending school with children involved with the town's circus community. Jill also explained how she came to work in the office of the Kelly Miller Circus and...
    • This material may not be copied or reproduced without permission. For more information, contact the Oklahoma Oral History Research Program at liboh@okstate.edu or call 405-744-7685.
    • Oral history interview with Luciana 'Lucy' Loyal

    • Oral history interview with Luciana 'Lucy' Loyal
    • 9/19/2011
    • Luciana 'Lucy' Loyal, sixth generation of the renowned Loyal Repensky family, was born in 1949 in Sarasota, Florida and also performed a horseback riding act for much of her circus career. Lucy shared memories of being taught bareback riding by her...
    • This material may not be copied or reproduced without permission. For more information, contact the Oklahoma Oral History Research Program at liboh@okstate.edu or call 405-744-7685.
    • Oral history interview with Luciana 'Lucy' Loyal & Zefta 'Dolly' Pirtle

    • Oral history interview with Luciana 'Lucy' Loyal & Zefta 'Dolly' Pirtle
    • 6/30/2011
    • Cousins Luciana 'Lucy' Loyal and Zefta 'Dolly' Pirtle are members of the sixth generation of the Loyal Repensky family which was renowned for their bareback riding acts. Lucy and Dolly shared memories of their childhood, including their training...
    • This material may not be copied or reproduced without permission. For more information, contact the Oklahoma Oral History Research Program at liboh@okstate.edu or call 405-744-7685.
    • Oral history interview with Joel Mashburn

    • Oral history interview with Joel Mashburn
    • 6/14/2011
    • Joel Mashburn, born in 1947, described his interactions with members of the circus community from attending high school with children of circus owners and performers to employing children of circus owners in the drugstore. He talked about being the...
    • This material may not be copied or reproduced without permission. For more information, contact the Oklahoma Oral History Research Program at liboh@okstate.edu or call 405-744-7685.
    • Oral history interview with Carol Rawls Mendez and Irene Kellogg

    • Oral history interview with Carol Rawls Mendez and Irene Kellogg
    • 8/12/2011
    • Carol Kellogg Rawls Mendez, born in 1952, married into the circus business in 1972 and remained in the business for twenty-five years. She and her husband trouped with various circuses and in 1983 they purchased the Kelly Miller Circus. Carol had...
    • This material may not be copied or reproduced without permission. For more information, contact the Oklahoma Oral History Research Program at liboh@okstate.edu or call 405-744-7685.
    • Oral history interview with John Frazier

    • Oral history interview with John Frazier
    • 9/19/2011
    • John Frazier, born in 1932, spent a lifetime in show business beginning with performing a boxing act with his brother in the 1930s. He has held just about every position within a circus and has worked with numerous circuses. Growing up with parents...
    • This material may not be copied or reproduced without permission. For more information, contact the Oklahoma Oral History Research Program at liboh@okstate.edu or call 405-744-7685.
    • Oral history interview with Mike and Martha Moore

    • Oral history interview with Mike and Martha Moore
    • 10/11/2011
    • Mike Moore, born in 1942, and Martha Moore, born in 1950, shared memories of their parents who owned the Tex Carson Show, later the Carson & Barnes Circus. Mike held various jobs such as elephant caretaker, performer, candy butcher, prop boss,...
    • This material may not be copied or reproduced without permission. For more information, contact the Oklahoma Oral History Research Program at liboh@okstate.edu or call 405-744-7685.
    • Oral history interview with Donna Moos

    • Oral history interview with Donna Moos
    • 8/11/2011
    • Donna Moos, born in 1966, became a member of the circus community in 1975 when he father joined the circus to run a cookhouse. She shared memories of performing at the age of ten, of becoming a showgirl and trouping for a number of years. Donna...
    • This material may not be copied or reproduced without permission. For more information, contact the Oklahoma Oral History Research Program at liboh@okstate.edu or call 405-744-7685.
    • Oral history interview with Kristin Parra

    • Oral history interview with Kristin Parra
    • 11/19/2011
    • Kristin Byrd Parra, born in 1975, talked about her grandparents D.R. and Isla Miller, and about growing up on the family's circus. She shared memories of performing the swinging ladder and working with the animals. Kristin explained her current...
    • This material may not be copied or reproduced without permission. For more information, contact the Oklahoma Oral History Research Program at liboh@okstate.edu or call 405-744-7685.
    • Oral history interview with David Rawls

    • Oral history interview with David Rawls
    • 6/15/2011
    • David Rawls, born in 1948, was interested in learning all aspects of the circus industry and began doing so at a young age. He has worked in just about every occupation within the circus. In 1984 David took out his own show, the Kelly Miller...
    • This material may not be copied or reproduced without permission. For more information, contact the Oklahoma Oral History Research Program at liboh@okstate.edu or call 405-744-7685.
    • Oral history interview with Mary Rawls

    • Oral history interview with Mary Rawls
    • 6/13/2011 ; 6/30/2011
    • Mary Frazier Rawls, born in 1927, shared experiences of her circus career which spanned a lifetime. She began trouping with her parents at a young age and would go on to perform on the high wire for much of her career. Mary talked about learning to...
    • This material may not be copied or reproduced without permission. For more information, contact the Oklahoma Oral History Research Program at liboh@okstate.edu or call 405-744-7685.
    • Oral history interview with Robert Rawls

    • Oral history interview with Robert Rawls
    • 7/2/2011
    • Robert "Bob" Rawls, born in 1949, shared his childhood memories of being with the circus, performing a rolling globe act with his father, a trampoline act with his brother, and learning tight wire walking from his mother. He talked about his...
    • This material may not be copied or reproduced without permission. For more information, contact the Oklahoma Oral History Research Program at liboh@okstate.edu or call 405-744-7685.
    • Oral history interview with Jim Royal

    • Oral history interview with Jim Royal
    • 6/15/2011
    • Jim Royal, born in 1948, became interested in circus work as a teenager and 1967 he joined a circus sideshow. He talked about his experiences as fire-eater, a sword swallower apprentice, and his work in magic acts and juggling. From stage manager...
    • This material may not be copied or reproduced without permission. For more information, contact the Oklahoma Oral History Research Program at liboh@okstate.edu or call 405-744-7685.

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