October-November 1977 Volume 29 No. 6
anyone have a current address for Tracy Mallory; the last address we
have was in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
must apologize to Roger Dollarhide for two mistakes in the printing of
his excellent convention photographs on page 4 of last issue. The
photograph of Petrowicz on Scalzo's feet was inadvertantly reversed, and
the spots on
fantastic photograph of Hovey and Judy passing ten clubs were somehow
introduced in the printing process
and are not on the original photograph. I also apologize to Karl-Heinz
Ziethen for misspelling his last name in the list of new officers in
last issue, for all practical purposes, was dedicated to convention
coverage. This issue has a heavy emphasis on trick description. Also,
biographies of a number of the 1977 champions and officers are included
throughout this issue, in order to introduce these luminaries to the
members who were unable to attend the convention.
call everyone's attention to the Editor's column on page 10 of the
previous issue which covers my editorial policy,
with regard to ads.
addition to everyone who contributes articles, several people regularly
help me with the production of the Newsletter.
high quality printing and uniform photograph reproduction from uneven
prints are attributable to printer Howard Fraser. Bob Brooks, a
professional editor, gives me advice on Newsletter production when I
need it; he has also contributed a couple of
cartoons. Eric Roberts has taken over maintenance of the computerized
mailing list. All three of these work at the same company as I do, Bolt
Beranek and Newman Inc., whose computers and typewriters I use weekends
and nights to compose the Newsletter. Sara Walden proofreads and also
edits all written material that goes into the Newsletter, and along with
our seven-year-old son, Luke, she helps fold, staple, stamp, and mail
mounds of Newsletters every two months; many of you met Sara and Luke at
issue goes to press November 1. The next issue will go to press December
1 and will consist of the annual roster and call for 1978 dues.
year Francis Brunn had a serious hip operation that required a long
period of recovery. Under normal circumstances, it would have been a
routine operation and the doctors
would have inserted an artificial hip joint. However, after viewing his
act, the doctors knew that this would eliminate much of his mobility and
prevent him from ever performing his present act again.
operation therefore, was much more complicated and involved reversing
the thigh bone. Afterward, Francis
practiced in bed, or while sitting in a chair.
he was getting around on crutches, but this eventually created a new
problem for him, as he lost the sensitivity on one side of his fingers.
This is a common occurrence for many people on crutches; however, most
of them are unaware of it. For Francis it was another setback as this
required operations on both hands at different times.
all of this, Francis has remained optimistic. At present he practices
every day and intends to return to performing as soon as possible.
Francis Brunn and his sister, Lottie, were brought to this country by
John Ringling North and performed in the center ring of the RBBB circus
for three years, from 1948 to 1951. They were billed respectively as,
"the greatest juggler of the ages" and "the world's
fastest juggler." Since then, in their single acts, they have been
extraordinarily popular and have played many major events throughout the
world. In 1957 Lottie returned to the RBBB circus for one season and was
billed as, "the world's greatest woman juggler."]
-- Dennis Soldati