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For Members of Clowns of America International<br />

May / June <strong>2017</strong><br />

Volume 34 • Number 3


EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE<br />

DIRECTORS<br />

President<br />

Michael B. Cox<br />

9415 Alameda Ave<br />

Richmond, VA 23294<br />

804-270-1165 (H)<br />

804-337-6143 (C)<br />

coai.president.mike@gmail.com<br />

Vice President<br />

Julie Varholdt<br />

4601 S Kachina Drive<br />

Tempe, AZ 85282<br />

480-838-7781<br />

juliecoaivp@cox.net<br />

Secretary<br />

Dan Langwell<br />

54990 Ehman Lane<br />

Mishawaka, IN 46545<br />

574-904-9643<br />

laughingstockpro@yahoo.com<br />

Treasurer<br />

Sandra Winstead<br />

11801 Riverpark Way<br />

Chesterfield, VA 23838<br />

804-350-3687<br />

strawberry.red1@yahoo.com<br />

Alley<br />

Region Support<br />

Judy Quest<br />

715 North 36th Street<br />

Omaha, NE 68131-1906<br />

402-551-4185<br />

dearheart@cox.net<br />

Conventions<br />

Jim Caffrey<br />

PO Box 833<br />

Colona, IL 61241<br />

309-314-6026<br />

jclownus@yahoo.com<br />

Education<br />

Jim Dixon<br />

5323 East Murdock<br />

Wichita, KS 67208<br />

316-871-6705<br />

jdixon2482@gmail.com<br />

Junior Joeys<br />

Regina Wollrabe<br />

Post Office Box 40<br />

Gresham, OR 97030<br />

503-807-2584<br />

coaijrjoeys@gmail.com<br />

Your<br />

Membership<br />

Teresa Gretton<br />

3411 Lisa Circle<br />

Waldorf, MD 20601<br />

301-843-8212<br />

tgretton@comcast.net<br />

REGIONAL VICE PRESIDENTS<br />

Northeast<br />

Bill Le Blanc<br />

2 Dee Jay Road<br />

East Bridgewater, MA 02333<br />

508-378-1545<br />

bildabbles@aol.com<br />

North Central<br />

Curt Patty<br />

9335 Berry Avenue<br />

St. Louis, MO 63144<br />

314-496-7824<br />

curt-patty@yahoo.com<br />

Northwest<br />

Alyse Axford<br />

116-A Sudden Valley Drive<br />

Bellingham, WA 98229-7751<br />

360-647-9229<br />

sales@zigzag-ragz.com<br />

Mideast<br />

Jessica King<br />

405 West 24th Street<br />

Huntington, WV 25704<br />

304-542-6046<br />

mideastjess@yahoo.com<br />

Midwest<br />

Georgia Morris<br />

4234 Woodworth<br />

Holt, MI 48842<br />

517-694-7100<br />

clownshananigans@comcast.net<br />

South Central<br />

Matthew Spraggins<br />

1668 Chesterwood Drive<br />

Rockwell, TX 75032<br />

972-746-8455<br />

spectatorart@hotmail.com<br />

Southeast<br />

Dianna Hale<br />

1013 Way Thru The Woods<br />

Decatur, AL 35603<br />

256-309-1153<br />

dhale5@att.net<br />

Southwest<br />

Lisa Ponce de Leon Terai<br />

710 Lukepane Avenue, #101<br />

Honolulu, HI 96816<br />

808-271-4190<br />

lolly4upaint@gmail.com<br />

Officers<br />

Canada<br />

Dale McKenzie<br />

867 Raynard Crescent SE<br />

Calgary, AB T2A 1X6<br />

403-273-9047 (H)<br />

403-606-7750 (C)<br />

funehappenings@shaw.ca<br />

Latin Countries<br />

Angel Morales<br />

24 RR5 Jardines de<br />

Caparra, Bayamon,<br />

PR 00959<br />

787-565-3205<br />

jobolin2008@aol.com<br />

International<br />

Ted White<br />

20 Maple Court<br />

Yandina, QLD 4561<br />

Australia<br />

+61-7-5472-8018<br />

twaddles2014@hotmail.com<br />

STANDING COMMITTEES<br />

Audio Visual: Merilyn Barrett, 407-844-2862 • klownkop@prodigy.net.<br />

Awards Advisory Council (AAC): Teresa Gretton (Chair), 301-843-8212 •<br />

gretton@verizon.net. Bob Gretton, Angel Ocasio, Walt Lee, Keith Stokes,<br />

Mike Cox<br />

Budget: Mike Cox, 804-270-1165 • coai.president.mike@gmail.com<br />

Bylaws and Rules: Julie Varholdt (Chair), 480-838-7781 • juliecoaivp@cox.net.<br />

Cleon Babcock, Ted White, Glenn Kohlberger, Jeanne Wosaka<br />

Clown Week: Carrie Ray, 214-577-6002 • shimmygiggles2011@yahoo.com<br />

Competition: Cathy Mackey (Co-Chair), 518-784-2127 • ctots@aol.com.<br />

Bill Le Blanc (Co-Chair), Walt Lee, Shirley Lee, John Kral, Paula Le Blanc,<br />

Bob Gretton, Ann Sanders<br />

Ethics and Grievance: Paul Kleinberger (Chair), 518-489-2680 •<br />

fuddiduddy@aol.com. Glenn Kohlberger, Jeanne Woska<br />

Finance: Mike Cox 804-270-1165 • coai.president.mike@gmail.com<br />

Good Cheer: Fred Schlosshauer, 973-887-2617 • oscarboj@aol.com<br />

Historians: Walt Lee, 410-551-7830 • wally788@verizon.net,<br />

Teresa Gretton, 301-843-8212 • tgretton@comcast.net<br />

International Ambassador Program: Bob Gretton, 301-843-8212 •<br />

bunkytclown@comcast.net<br />

Junior Joeys: Regina Wollrabe (Chair), 503-807-2584 • coaijrjoeys@gmail.<br />

com. Trudi Sang, Maria Shafer, Caitrina Monaco, Bob and Teresa Gretton, Dawn<br />

Pearson<br />

Membership: Teresa Gretton (Chair), 301-843-8212 • gretton@verizon.net.<br />

Glenn Kohlberger, Bob Gretton<br />

Parliamentary Procedure Advisor: Cleon Babcock, 515-266-6530 •<br />

ccbabcock@aol.com<br />

Public Relations: Bonnie Love, 619-282-9668 • bonbonsandiego@yahoo.com<br />

Scholarship: Jim Dixon (Chair), 316-871-6705 • jdixon2482@gmail.com.<br />

Lulu Mire, Judy Quest<br />

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May / June <strong>2017</strong><br />

Volume 34 • Number 3<br />

Published by<br />

Clowns of America International<br />

The mission of Clowns of America<br />

International is to organize all members<br />

desiring to pursue the honorable<br />

profession or art of clowning and the<br />

dedication toward its advancement and<br />

the education of its members.<br />

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Cover design: Régis Sudo<br />

OUR COVER<br />

4 Lifetime Achievement Award: Paul “Fuddi-Duddy”<br />

Kleinberger Rachel Strnad<br />

HOW-TO<br />

42 How About Chalk Talk? Rachel Strnad<br />

47 How to Pick a Nose Tim “Sawdust” Laynor<br />

54 Calla Lilly Patricia “Pockets” Bunnell<br />

INSPIRATION AND HUMOR<br />

12 Alley Profile: Magic Town Clowns Clydene Dyer<br />

14 Five Reasons New Clowns Should Be in Parades<br />

Tricia “Pricilla Mooseburger” Manuel<br />

50 Junior Joeys Regina “Cha Cha” Wollrabe<br />

OFFICIAL BUSINESS<br />

8 From the President Mike “Bonkers” Cox<br />

8 Vice President’s Report Julie “Lovely Buttons” Varholdt<br />

9 What Is the CHARLIE Award? Carrie Ray<br />

11 From the Membership Director Teresa “Blondi” Gretton<br />

48 Alley Happenings Judy “Dearheart” Quest<br />

NEWS<br />

10 Marie Beck Membership Incentive Program<br />

Teresa “Blondi” Gretton<br />

16 Annual COAI Competition Awards<br />

47 Clown Calendar<br />

52 COAI Perks Jessica “Gabby” King<br />

53 The Last Walk-Around<br />

MISCELLANEOUS<br />

2 Officers, Directors, and Committees<br />

15 Our Good Cheer List<br />

49 COAI Registration and Renewal Form<br />

55 Membership Gifters<br />

55 Welcome, New Members<br />

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OUR COVER<br />

By Rachel Strnad<br />

Clowns of America International is proud to present the Lifetime Achievement Award to Paul “Fuddi-<br />

Duddy” Kleinberger. Paul has served several clown organizations in roles from teacher to president,<br />

including two terms as COAI Vice President and one term as President. He continues to serve COAI<br />

as head of the Ethics and Grievance Committee. In addition, he is the current president of Clowns on<br />

Rounds, Inc., and works with the Shrine Clowns, Red Nose Response, and the Electric City Clown Alley.<br />

His awards include the Shorty Award,<br />

Master of Laughter, and five Alley<br />

CHARLIE awards with the Electric<br />

City Clowns. He was named the 2004<br />

Business Person of the Year by the<br />

Business Advisory Council, and has<br />

been included in Who’s Who in American<br />

Business. Yet, he still seems surprised to<br />

receive this award. “Can you believe it?”<br />

he said, “You hang around long enough<br />

and they do stuff like that!” Yes, they do!<br />

Paul was nominated by Barbara “Sparky”<br />

Bird, and his Lifetime Achievement<br />

Award was approved by the Awards<br />

Advisory Council.<br />

Like many clowns, Paul did not start<br />

out in the funny business. He was a<br />

music geek through high school, college,<br />

and his service in the Air Force, playing<br />

drums, the baritone horn, and singing<br />

in various choirs. By a strange coincidence,<br />

his first exposure to clowning was<br />

in the Air Force. While working in the<br />

Plans and Programs office at Fairchild<br />

Air Force Base in Washington State,<br />

his office mate, Steve Miner, invited<br />

him to the Shriner Children’s Hospital<br />

in Spokane. “I went up, looked around,<br />

and didn’t see him anywhere. So I asked<br />

a couple guys in the funny hats Shriners<br />

wear if they knew Steve. They pointed<br />

out a group of clowns. One of them<br />

came over and said, ‘Hi, Paul. How are<br />

you?’” It was Steve, in full clown costume<br />

and makeup, and obviously having a<br />

grand time. He took Paul on a tour of<br />

the hospital, and introduced him to the<br />

kids they were entertaining, as well as<br />

his fellow clowns. Though this visit inspired<br />

Paul to become a member of the<br />

Shriners, he still kept to the music side<br />

of things, playing in a jazz and concert<br />

band at that same hospital every Sunday,<br />

and in various musical groups wherever<br />

he was stationed. He often performed<br />

alongside Shriner clowns.<br />

But the clowns wouldn’t leave him<br />

alone. His girlfriend, Miriam, “Senorita<br />

Soto,” dabbled in clowning for a number<br />

of years and always wanted to formalize<br />

her education. Finally, Paul and Miriam’s<br />

daughter bought Miriam a clown class<br />

at the Schenectady County Community<br />

College for her birthday. “We got tired of<br />

the ‘I want to’s,’” said Paul. “So we stood<br />

in line with her at the college registration<br />

and made a big deal: ‘This woman wants<br />

to be a clown. Sign her up!’” She graduated<br />

in 1994 and proceeded to drag Paul<br />

to several different conventions around<br />

the area. He succumbed, enrolled in<br />

the same college, and attended his first<br />

clown class in 1995.<br />

Bill “Snappy” Hart, the 1999 Clown of<br />

the Year, was Paul’s instructor, and largely<br />

influential in Paul’s COAI membership.<br />

“Bill presented COAI membership in a<br />

manner that wasn’t optional. ‘You will fill<br />

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out this form. You will write this check,<br />

and we’ll get back to you.’” Paul joined<br />

about the time he graduated in 1996 as<br />

Fuddi-Duddy the Clown.<br />

While Fuddi-Duddy was not the first<br />

name Paul considered, it ended up being<br />

the most appropriate, though he credits<br />

its inspiration partially to his grandson<br />

and partially to Bill Hart.<br />

During clown classes, Bill probed<br />

his students to consider why they were<br />

pursuing clowning. Paul shared his frustration<br />

with his job as a corporate salesman.<br />

“I knew I needed to do something,<br />

and this clowning around might be the<br />

ticket.” To escape some of the stress, he’d<br />

gone to Ohio recently to visit his daughter’s<br />

family. One day, after he’d gotten<br />

up from playing with his three-year-old<br />

grandson, the boy complained, “You’re<br />

an old fuddy-duddy!” His mother was<br />

shocked he even knew the word, much<br />

less its proper use.<br />

Bill said, “That’s a really good name<br />

for a clown. You should think about that,<br />

and as you do, you’ll find there’s a whole<br />

lot more to this clown thing than you<br />

think there is.”<br />

Paul took his advice, and Fuddi-<br />

Duddy came into being. “As I got more<br />

into the character development, he became<br />

part of who I was then and who I<br />

am today.”<br />

In 1998, Fuddi-Duddy and Senorita<br />

Soto finally tied the knot. They decided<br />

to have the ceremony at Howe’s Cavern,<br />

a natural cave formation that was a popular<br />

local tourist attraction. “You start<br />

down that low, one hundred and fifty<br />

feet below the surface, and there’s nowhere<br />

to go but up,” Paul said. Then, five<br />

weeks into the planning, Miriam suggested<br />

it would be neat if they got married<br />

in clown and told all their friends<br />

to come in as colorful a costume as they<br />

wanted. They would have no shortage<br />

of clown guests. “By that time, we had<br />

both attended several regional conventions<br />

in the northeast and beyond. We<br />

had a pretty good feeling for the clown<br />

community and the clown community<br />

had a pretty good feel for us.” Once the<br />

word got out, some of their non-clown<br />

friends started asking if they could come<br />

in clown as well. In the end, the happy<br />

couple hosted over fifty clowns, as well<br />

as the other attendees, far more than<br />

they’d expected; several other clowning<br />

events in the area had been rained out.<br />

Thus, many clowns who hadn’t been<br />

planning on coming showed up in costume<br />

for the party. The clown wedding<br />

made local, regional, and national news.<br />

Paul and Miriam still have a full-length<br />

bridal portrait to commemorate the day.<br />

Not only did the dynamic duo attract<br />

news attention with their own antics,<br />

they became especially good at getting<br />

their fellow clowns in on the action. In<br />

1994, they helped Bill Hart form the<br />

Electric City Clown Alley #285, which<br />

first met in Bill’s home. “Bill has this<br />

ability to surround himself with really<br />

enthusiastic people,” said Paul, “and my<br />

wife and I were a couple of those people.”<br />

Paul served as an Alley officer for a<br />

number of years. Now, twenty years after<br />

its inception, it is still a vibrant organization<br />

in New York’s Capital Region, registering<br />

sixty-five members at its largest,<br />

and garnering five CHARLIE Awards<br />

to date.<br />

“We didn’t set out to win the award<br />

originally,” said Paul. After their first<br />

Clown Week, the Alley stepped back<br />

and looked at the event strategically. This<br />

was supposed to be a seven-day celebration<br />

of the performing art of clowning,<br />

so why not have an event at a different<br />

location every day? All the members invited<br />

their friends and family out to join<br />

the party, and the event took on a life of<br />

its own. Yet again, the New York clowns<br />

made the news. “Once we won the<br />

CHARLIE Award, the thinking was we<br />

should probably try to outdo ourselves<br />

because that’s what clowns do. They want<br />

to make it bigger and brassier.” So, year<br />

after year, the Electric City outdid themselves<br />

until the event became so large it<br />

was almost unmanageable. They needed<br />

their own Chair of Clown Week to make<br />

everything happen. By their fifth award,<br />

they had gotten to the point where they<br />

couldn’t outdo themselves any more.<br />

This put no damper on their enthusiasm;<br />

they just redirected it into<br />

Fuddi-Duddy entertains at a children’s birthday party.<br />

conventions. Shortly after Paul joined<br />

COAI, he was asked to join the<br />

Northeast Clown Council to help administer<br />

and host the next regional<br />

clown convention. In 1999, the Electric<br />

City Clowns hosted the Northeast<br />

Clown Convention in Albany. In typical<br />

Electric City fashion, they didn’t hesitate<br />

to go big, and looked for unique opportunities<br />

for their prospective guests. As<br />

luck would have it, the New York Giants<br />

were holding their training camp at the<br />

University of New York, across the street<br />

from where the convention was going to<br />

be held. The Alley reached out to them.<br />

“They weren’t that thrilled with having<br />

over two hundred clowns invade their<br />

training camp,” Paul remembered, “but<br />

we did work a few of our clowns in with<br />

some charitable events the Giants were<br />

conducting.” Guests have since looked<br />

back on that convention as the best convention<br />

they’d attended in the northeast,<br />

with the most opportunities not only<br />

Paul Kleinberger as Dr. Jest Kidding.<br />

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THOUGHTS ABOUT Paul “Fuddi-Duddy” Kleinberger<br />

Paul “Fuddi-Duddy” Kleinberger is a clown who has won clowning performance awards, has shown remarkable leadership in every clown<br />

organization he has been a member of, and who shares his love of the art as a teacher. More than that, he is the kind of person who looks for the<br />

best in everyone and sends many notes of congratulations, issues awards for their accomplishments, and communicates all of this with joy. You<br />

just feel better about yourself when Paul celebrates you. He truly is a caring clown. He is most frequently seen with a balloon pump, twisting hats,<br />

tickle swords, and all description of animals. As a performer, his clown show is memorable, energetic, engaging, and adaptable for all occasions<br />

and all ages.<br />

Paul likes to start each new class on clown performance skills with the question, “What is a clown?” The answer is, “Someone who touches a<br />

person on the outside to make them feel good about themselves on the inside.” That is a description of Paul “Fuddi-Duddy” Kleinberger.<br />

–Barbara “Sparky” Bird<br />

Merriam-Webster defines achievement as something that has been done or achieved through effort and hard work, typically by courage or skill.<br />

Paul has accomplished much as a clown, but mostly as a member of COAI. He founded three COAI Alleys, and is an active member in each.<br />

He has trained many people in the art of clowning. During his time as both COAI executive vice president and president, he brought us in line<br />

to be a business, seeking out other professionals such as accountants and lawyers to get their opinion on what would be best for the organization.<br />

Because of these efforts, COAI joined many business organizations to help further this initiative. With all of Paul’s accomplishments, I feel he<br />

has more than fulfilled the definition of achievement and the COAI requirements to qualify for this honor.<br />

–Pat Roeser<br />

Paul has given of his time and energy to perpetuate the art of clowning from the first time he applied his grease paint. He has exhibited<br />

leadership by serving COAI as marketing consultant before being elected to the board, as vice president, president, and in many more leadership<br />

roles. He fulfilled all these duties while organizing one of the best COAI conventions and developing an educational opportunity for new<br />

clowns through the Fuddi Duddy Institute, as well as performing regularly. Paul’s work ethic is above and beyond most. He is a complete night<br />

owl who does his best research from dusk to dawn. I never did figure out when he slept. His devotion to the art of clowning has been a lifetime<br />

commitment.<br />

–Cheri “Cherri-Oats” Venturi<br />

Lifetime Achievement awards are given by COAI to recognize contributions over the whole of a career. I have known Paul since the 1990s.<br />

We first meet at a regional convention in Hartford, Connecticut, when he became a member of the Northeast Clown Convention Committee.<br />

When writing a letter of recommendation for this award for a clown, we really only know what we are told about or see. We are not privy to all<br />

the clown does in his personal life. I am basing my letter of recommendation on what Paul has done for COAI. I am basing this recommendation<br />

on facts: Paul was and is an asset to COAI, both as vice president and president, and continues to actively promote COAI and its conventions.<br />

–Jeanne “Freckles” Woska<br />

to attend classes but to participate in a<br />

unique entertainment.<br />

With the success of the Northeast<br />

Convention, the Northeast Clown<br />

Council put their heads together and<br />

said, “If we can do this, we could host the<br />

international convention.” Subsequently,<br />

the Electric City Clowns were selected<br />

to host the 2002 convention, and again,<br />

they outdid themselves. In order to provide<br />

a completely unique experience,<br />

they enlisted the help of a production<br />

manager who was involved with circus<br />

performance. Luck smiled on them<br />

again, for there were some labor controversies<br />

in the circus world at the time.<br />

Several acts had turned down contracts,<br />

hoping for greater pay, but were more<br />

than happy to perform in a five-day slot<br />

at an easily accessible location. Thus, the<br />

2002 COAI Convention was not only a<br />

convention, it was a circus spectacular.<br />

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“Everyone had an awful lot of fun doing<br />

something that hadn’t been done with<br />

COAI before.”<br />

Paul isn’t just known for hosting great<br />

parties, however. His clown career has<br />

been marked by a strong desire for an efficient,<br />

effective business structure on the<br />

one hand, and a true heart for the overlooked<br />

individual on the other. In the<br />

early 2000s, Cheri “Cherry Oats” Venturi<br />

invited Paul to join the COAI Bylaws<br />

Committee. Paul agreed and served for<br />

four years. Later, he served as chairman<br />

of the Marketing Committee. At the<br />

time, COAI was in its adolescence, still<br />

figuring out who they were and what<br />

they were trying to accomplish. “I was<br />

surprised,” said Paul. “Even though we<br />

had six thousand members, the leadership<br />

still had a club orientation to everything.”<br />

Paul began his mission to help<br />

bring COAI into full, non-profit status,<br />

first in the Bylaws Committee, then in<br />

the role of Vice President and President.<br />

“As we shifted away from a club mentality<br />

toward the actuality of what the organization<br />

was, lots of difficulties fell away.<br />

We were a non-profit organization operating<br />

within the bounds laid out by the<br />

state of Minnesota. As such, there were<br />

resources and benefits yet to be tapped.”<br />

Paul didn’t stop helping the organization<br />

grow once he stepped down as president.<br />

His successor, Tom King, had visions<br />

for the International Ambassador<br />

Program, and invited Paul to take on<br />

the chairmanship. Under his direction,<br />

the program grew from eight to<br />

over one hundred ambassadors. “There<br />

were some people already traveling the<br />

world who could serve if they only knew<br />

about the program.” While Paul himself<br />

never went overseas, his location, two<br />

hours from the Canadian border, made


Paul Kleinberger.<br />

him ideally suited to reach out to fellow<br />

clowns in Quebec. The New York<br />

clowns established connections with<br />

both the Karnak Shriner Clowns, and<br />

started a couple more Alleys in that area.<br />

Montreal hosts the largest and oldest St.<br />

Patrick’s Day parade in North America,<br />

and the clowns joyfully participated for<br />

many years. “Nobody parties like the<br />

Irish, and nobody celebrates St. Patrick’s<br />

Day like the French-Canadians,” said<br />

Paul. In 2016, three quarters of a million<br />

people lined the streets of Montreal.<br />

“They’re always out, no matter what<br />

the temperature. Sometimes it’s thirty<br />

below zero, sometimes it’s fifty degrees.”<br />

The Quebec clowns still get together<br />

with the New York Alleys from time to<br />

time, though Paul hasn’t been up there<br />

much since he stepped down from the<br />

Ambassador Program. He is glad he did<br />

it, though. “I had much more fun with it<br />

than I ever thought I would.”<br />

Paul’s work with COAI also brought<br />

him in contact with Jeremy Cohen, a<br />

Shrine clown and CNN executive based<br />

in Atlanta, Georgia. In 2005, Jeremy<br />

watched from the CNN headquarters<br />

as Katrina swept across Florida and<br />

camped out in the Gulf of Mexico, swelling<br />

bigger and bigger as she headed for<br />

the southern coastline. At first, he only<br />

saw the potential for a good story. Then<br />

the hurricane devastated New Orleans,<br />

tearing people from their homes, and<br />

sometimes tearing families apart. In the<br />

aftermath, Jeremy was struck by the fact<br />

that there was a lot of emotional support<br />

for everyone except the kids, and reached<br />

out to the greater clown community<br />

in hopes of filling that void. Paul was<br />

COAI Executive Vice President at the<br />

time, and met with Jeremy in Georgia<br />

to form what later became known as<br />

Red Nose Response. “Nobody expected<br />

this charitable effort to do much more<br />

beyond Katrina and Rita,” he said. But<br />

eleven years later, they are still a force to<br />

be reckoned with across America. In the<br />

aftermath of natural disasters and mass<br />

tragedies like the Newton, Connecticut,<br />

and Oregon shootings, they are some of<br />

the first on the scene.<br />

Paul has also been active in his local<br />

community, founding the Battenkill<br />

Joeys #406 and working with New York’s<br />

Clowns on Rounds. Paul confesses he<br />

was a little hesitant when the director of<br />

Battenkill Community Services, an organization<br />

for adults with special needs<br />

in upstate New York, asked him to come<br />

teach clowning classes. “I hadn’t worked<br />

with people with special needs before.”<br />

However, he was willing to come, and<br />

his performance was well received. A<br />

week later, he gave a trial class to see how<br />

the residents would take to the material.<br />

Things went off without a hitch. That was<br />

the beginning of the Battenkill Joeys. “It<br />

was a lot of fun, and definitely a learning<br />

experience.” As a COAI Alley,<br />

the Joeys had the opportunity to<br />

both attend and participate in<br />

the organization’s events and<br />

competitions. Some members<br />

came away with first<br />

and second prizes. Though<br />

the Alley was eventually disbanded<br />

due to the Battenkill<br />

Community leadership taking<br />

their programs in another direction,<br />

many of Paul’s students still<br />

perform four to five times a year in<br />

area parades, community theaters,<br />

and clowning ministries. Some<br />

even make it down to the Electric<br />

City Alley meetings.<br />

Paul also serves as a hospital<br />

clown, Dr. Jest Kidding, at<br />

Albany Medical Center. “I can<br />

walk the halls there in full<br />

clown costume, including<br />

shoes,<br />

and no one pays<br />

attention to me.<br />

And that’s a good thing. It means they’re<br />

used to us and support what we’re doing.”<br />

Albany Med is also attached to a medical<br />

college, and many of the students<br />

have shadowed the hospital clowns to<br />

gain a better understanding of humor<br />

therapy and its benefits. Paul’s formal<br />

work with hospitals began shortly after<br />

the 1999 Northeast Convention. Clowns<br />

on Rounds, then in its eighth year, were<br />

looking for more clown-oriented board<br />

members, and asked him to participate.<br />

After serving as director, he became their<br />

treasurer and then their head of public<br />

relations for several years. In 2015, the organization’s<br />

president died suddenly, and<br />

they asked him to step in as interim president.<br />

He was elected to the office in 2016.<br />

At the end of 2016, Miriam retired<br />

from clowning and Paul, considering<br />

retirement, took their business, Smiles<br />

Unlimited, to part-time status in order to<br />

spend more time with his grandchildren<br />

and pursue broader interests.<br />

After so eventful and prestigious<br />

a career, it is still the<br />

little things that bring him<br />

the most joy. His favorite<br />

is to sit or stand in costume<br />

with a bunch<br />

of four- and<br />

five-yearolds<br />

while<br />

they’re<br />

waiting<br />

for an entertainment<br />

and listen to<br />

the accusations. “I<br />

get all excited about<br />

the clown who’s supposed<br />

to be coming, and<br />

they look at me funny<br />

and say, ‘Wait, you’re<br />

the clown!’ It works with<br />

big kids, too.” He claims<br />

he’s addicted to laughter.<br />

“One laugh is not enough;<br />

I have to have more. I love<br />

bringing an audience to the<br />

zenith of humor, where everyone<br />

is rolling on the floor,<br />

laughing.”<br />

Clowns of America International • www.coai.org 7


OFFICIAL BUSINESS<br />

From the President<br />

Mike “Bonkers” Cox<br />

First of all, I want to congratulate the three <strong>2017</strong> COAI Lifetime Achievement<br />

Award winners. Last issue, we introduced Brenda Marshall. In this issue, you will<br />

see Paul Kleinberger. In the July/August issue of The New <strong>Calliope</strong>, we will feature<br />

Glenn Kohlberger. Each awardee has been a Past President of COAI, and each has a<br />

lifetime of various achievements for COAI and clowning. Congratulations to all three!<br />

The COAI Board approved a new membership incentive program that will be called<br />

the Marie Beck Membership Incentive Program. Marie “Mischief ” Beck reached out<br />

to the board with an idea that has now taken off. She wanted COAI memberships<br />

to be given to members of clown classes, since she was including the cost of COAI<br />

membership in her clown class registration. COAI membership is included in class<br />

registration for a lot of clown classes. The board, with Marie’s assistance, has come up<br />

with an idea to cut back class registration costs, thereby increasing clown class attendance.<br />

Please read the proposal within this issue. Thank you, Marie, for presenting this<br />

idea. We welcome all membership ideas, so keep those wheels turning!<br />

I hope those who attended the convention in Kansas City had a great time! For 2018,<br />

the COAI Convention is being held April 3–8 in Richmond, Virginia, and hosted by<br />

The Vice President’s Report<br />

Julie “Lovely Buttons” Varholdt<br />

I<br />

’ll try to keep this short and sweet this month (said with a big grin!). What a whirlwind<br />

of a month this has been! Our annual convention was a blast, and our hosting<br />

Alley, Northland Clown Guild Alley 217 did a fantastic job. Their Alley members are<br />

so nice, accommodating, and sweet. I wish all Alleys could get along as well as they do.<br />

So, hats off to them!<br />

Start saving your clown pennies for our 2018 convention, which will be held in<br />

Virginia, and hosted by COAI’s oldest Alley, Virginia Alley #3. Information for this<br />

convention will be on the website and in our amazing magazine.<br />

Everything is running smoothly now on our board. The COAI Board meets online<br />

every month, and you would be amazed how much we get done. If you would like to<br />

be a COAI Board member, e-mail me, and I’ll try to steer you in the right direction.<br />

It’s always good to have new blood and new ideas to help an organization keep up to<br />

date and run more smoothly.<br />

You, as a member are our organization’s life blood. Without you, we would not exist.<br />

Please take the time to give a membership, or encourage all your clown friends and<br />

Alley members to join COAI. I have a dream to reach six thousand members again<br />

soon. When this happens, you will hear me shout all the way around the globe. This<br />

cannot happen without you.<br />

I must give a huge standing ovation to Richard “Design O” Smith. He has given<br />

over sixty memberships to COAI. His heart is huge and his love for our organization<br />

Virginia Alley #3. We still need an alley,<br />

or several alleys together, to host the<br />

2019 COAI Convention. If your alley<br />

is interested, please contact Jim Caffrey,<br />

COAI Director of Conventions.<br />

Please congratulate and welcome<br />

Sandra “Strawberry” Winstead as the<br />

new COAI Treasurer. Sandra was appointed<br />

and accepted by the board to<br />

fill the position of treasurer until June<br />

30, 2018. I also want to thank Paddee<br />

Embrey for all the work she did as treasurer.<br />

Also, a big thank you to Mary<br />

Anne Ross for assisting Paddee and for<br />

helping us during the interim till a replacement<br />

treasurer could be found.<br />

As always, please keep them smiling<br />

and have fun doing it! Share your<br />

knowledge with others. Let’s all be the<br />

best clown we can be!<br />

And thank you for being a proud member<br />

of Clowns of America International!<br />

TNC<br />

is endless. So, thank you, Richard, from<br />

the bottom of my clown heart to the tip<br />

of my clown shoes! He was also presented<br />

with the President’s Award this year<br />

at the banquet, and his speech had all of<br />

us in tears.<br />

One last thing. If you know of someone<br />

who is an international entertainer<br />

and has not been a COAI member for at<br />

least four years, that person may be eligible<br />

to receive a Membership Scholarship.<br />

This is a one-year membership to COAI<br />

with an online magazine, access to the<br />

website, a membership card, and voting<br />

rights. This information is available<br />

through our Education Director<br />

Jim Dixon or on our website under the<br />

Membership column. COAI is now truly<br />

an International Organization. Woohoo!<br />

Always remember, if you need anything,<br />

I’m here for you. Also, don’t hesitate<br />

to contact any of our other board<br />

members. We are here for you, and you<br />

make this organization what it is. Bump<br />

a nose! TNC<br />

juliecoaivp@cox.net • 480-838-7781 (MST)<br />

8 The New <strong>Calliope</strong> • May/June <strong>2017</strong>


OFFICIAL BUSINESS<br />

What is the CHARLIE Award?<br />

By Carrie Ray<br />

International Clown Week Chairperson<br />

The CHARLIE (Clowns Have a Real Love in Everyone) Award trophy is given<br />

to the COAI Clown Alley that best documents and celebrates National Clown<br />

Week, which runs from August 1 through 7. The CHARLIE Award was adopted by<br />

Clowns of America in 1974 before the creation of Clowns of America International,<br />

and was offered to the Alley that did the best job observing National Clown Week. In<br />

1999, the COAI Board approved the creation of another award for individual members.<br />

The Individual Award is given to a member of COAI who best documents and<br />

celebrates Clown Week on an individual basis.<br />

What do clowns and clown groups do to celebrate Clown Week? Celebrations take<br />

on a variety of forms, such as putting on shows in malls, child care centers, hospitals,<br />

and nursing homes. They can be educational events about clowning, fund raisers for<br />

numerous charitable causes, or clown appearances in parades and grand openings,<br />

greeting people on the street, visiting kids at the hospital, and appearances at other<br />

places.<br />

How many clowns celebrate Clown Week? The answer is a lot. There are more than<br />

ten thousand clowns in different groups around the world, and there are more who<br />

do not belong to a clown group. So, our guess is there are more than twenty thousand<br />

clowns worldwide. We think they all celebrate Clown Week in one way or<br />

another. If you’re interested in applying for the CHARLIE Award,<br />

go to www.coai.org/awards, click on CHARLIE Award, and read<br />

the application criteria.<br />

Last year, we had a few Alleys and individuals participate in<br />

the CHARLIE Award, but our goal for this year is<br />

to get even more. Now is the time to start planning,<br />

scheduling, and assigning tasks to make<br />

sure you meet all the requirements for the<br />

CHARLIE Award. If you put together a project<br />

team and delegate, it will make the process<br />

so much smoother for everyone participating. As<br />

they say, “One team with one Vision.”<br />

Below are the areas we score each participant for<br />

the CHARLIE Award.<br />

Proclamation: The more proclamations submitted<br />

for the Alley Award, the higher your score will<br />

be. Below is a sample of one type of proclamation,<br />

with suggested wording to help get many more. If<br />

someone does the work for the official (governor,<br />

mayor, city councilman), the chances are<br />

much higher that a proclamation will be<br />

issued. The officials are very busy, and<br />

proclamations are not one of their highest<br />

priorities. Start the process as soon<br />

as possible to give them as much time<br />

as possible.<br />

SAMPLE PROCLAMATION<br />

National Clown Week:<br />

August 1–7, 20XX Proclamation<br />

To: Name of official<br />

From: _____________ (Use your formal<br />

name or clown name) would like<br />

to request a proclamation for National<br />

Clown Week. Please send the proclamation<br />

to: __your address____.<br />

Possible wording on the proclamation<br />

might be:<br />

“Whereas clowns have long been<br />

known as ambassadors of joy and good<br />

will, and bring happiness to both children<br />

and adults…”<br />

Newspaper Articles and Press<br />

Releases: When promoting International<br />

Clown Week and your scheduled events, it’s<br />

very important that you reach out to TV stations, radio<br />

stations, social media sites, and newspapers to help promote<br />

International Clown Week. I would also recommend<br />

making flyers and signage for all your events to<br />

help promote Clown Week.<br />

When scheduling your events, let your clients know<br />

you are applying for an award and one of the requirements<br />

is to get letters of recommendation. Tell them<br />

you would greatly appreciated it if they could write you<br />

such a letter after the event is completed successfully.<br />

The more you promote and get positive feedback, the<br />

Continued on page 46<br />

Clowns of America International • www.coai.org 9


OFFICIAL BUSINESS<br />

Announcing…The<br />

Marie Beck Membership<br />

Incentive Program<br />

Teresa “Blondi” Gretton<br />

The COAI Board is very excited to present a new membership incentive for<br />

newly graduated clowns, which Marie “Mischief ” Beck submitted last fall. The<br />

Membership Committee went to work to create and implement the COAI Marie<br />

Beck Membership Incentive Program (MBMIP).<br />

Marie has taught clowning for many years, and has always included COAI dues in<br />

the class fees to give her students a great start to their clowning through Clowns of<br />

America International. She thought that if COAI could offer an incentive towards<br />

membership to those who have graduated from clown classes, it would bring in more<br />

students and benefit both graduates and COAI’s membership.<br />

This two-year pilot program offers a six-month electronic membership in COAI,<br />

and is retroactive to January 1, <strong>2017</strong>. The program will be offered to any graduate who<br />

is not a COAI member and who attends classes and graduates from their structured<br />

program. Their instructor will submit a list of those students to both the Business<br />

Manager and the Membership Director. Since this offer is electronically based, the<br />

graduate will receive an online membership for six-months, along with three e-magazine<br />

issues of The New <strong>Calliope</strong> delivered by e-mail. They will also receive informative<br />

Marie Beck.<br />

e-mail letters and clown tips that will<br />

encourage their clowning and hopefully<br />

help guide them into a full membership.<br />

Any clown school, alley, college, or<br />

individual instructor may contact me<br />

for further information. If you wish to<br />

submit your list of graduates, please<br />

send names (first, clown, last), legible<br />

e-mail addresses, mailing addresses, and<br />

phone numbers, plus your contact information,<br />

including your name as the<br />

instructor. E-mail to Business Manager<br />

Laurel Smith at coaioffice@aol.com, and<br />

Membership Director Teresa Gretton at<br />

tgretton@comcast.net. TNC<br />

In addition to recognition for winners of the <strong>2017</strong> COAI Competitions, other special<br />

awards were presented during the Annual Banquet on Saturday, April 29.<br />

President Mike Cox presented a Presidential Award to Richard Smith for his contributions<br />

to COAI.<br />

Brenda “Flower” Marshall and Glenn “Clyde D. Scope” Kohlberger received<br />

plaques for the Lifetime Achievement Award. Paul “Fuddi-Duddy” Kleinberger’s<br />

Lifetime Achievement Award was received by Barbara Bird on his behalf.<br />

Crissy “Miz Daisy” Melnitzke was honored as the <strong>2017</strong> Clown of the Year.<br />

The convention’s Best in Clown Award went to Matthew Spraggins of Rockwell,<br />

Texas.<br />

Individual CHARLIE Awards for Clown Week 2016 went to Robin Bryan and<br />

Greg Klabunde. The Alley CHARLIE Award went to San Diego All Star Clowns,<br />

COAI Alley #56.<br />

Julie “Lovely Buttons” Varholdt won the Editor’s Choice Award for her contributions<br />

of how-to and inspirational articles to The New <strong>Calliope</strong>.<br />

10 The New <strong>Calliope</strong> • May/June <strong>2017</strong><br />

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS AT ANNUAL BANQUET<br />

COAI Alley #147 (Omaha Wild<br />

Clown-dum) won the <strong>2017</strong> Best of<br />

Press Award for their outstanding alley<br />

publication edited by Susie “Sparkles”<br />

Dorland.<br />

Photographer Merilyn Barrett was<br />

recognized for her tireless efforts in documenting<br />

the convention.<br />

The Ring of Honor—COAI’s posthumous<br />

award for those who have contributed<br />

to the advancement of the organization<br />

and to clowning—was awarded<br />

to Bob “Rags” Stanek.<br />

Photos and additional convention<br />

coverage will appear in the July/August<br />

issue.


OFFICIAL BUSINESS<br />

Once again, congratulations to all<br />

three <strong>2017</strong> Lifetime Achievement<br />

recipients: Brenda “Flower” Marshall, Paul<br />

“Fuddi-Duddy” Kleinberger, and Glenn<br />

“Clyde D. Scope” Kohlberger. All three<br />

are COAI past presidents who have served<br />

their years admirably. Each one will grace<br />

the cover of The New <strong>Calliope</strong> with a feature<br />

story—Brenda in March/April, Paul<br />

in this issue, and Glenn in July/August.<br />

Please read and learn about each of them,<br />

as they left a thumbprint on the history of<br />

COAI.<br />

The board is very excited about the<br />

newly created two-year pilot program,<br />

the Marie Beck Membership Incentive<br />

Program. There is a separate article in this<br />

issue telling all about it. Take time to read<br />

it. Instructors should not let this go by.<br />

Let me know if you have any questions<br />

at tgretton@comcast.net. It’s beneficial for<br />

newly graduated clowns and COAI, so<br />

please get the word out there. I especially<br />

thank Marie “Mischief ” Beck for her great<br />

idea, and I also thank my hard-working<br />

Membership Committee for implementing<br />

it.<br />

A very good friend and COAI member<br />

passed away on March 5. Frank<br />

“Kelly” Kelly was the very first chairman<br />

of National Clown Week in 1966, when<br />

the president of Clown Club of America<br />

(CCA) appointed him. Because of Kelly’s<br />

efforts and those of numerous other clowns<br />

at the time, Public Law 91-443 under the<br />

91st Congress, JJR 26 was passed by both<br />

the House and Senate on October 8, 1970,<br />

and sent to President Richard Nixon for<br />

his signature. The President signed the bill<br />

on August 2, 1971, securing a Presidential<br />

Proclamation naming August 1–7 as<br />

National Clown Week. Frank received<br />

membership number 16 when he joined<br />

Clowns of America. He was so proud of<br />

his number. Until his passing, he was the<br />

longest-living member.<br />

From the Membership Director<br />

Teresa “Blondi” Gretton<br />

I shared many wonderful conversations<br />

with him, and learned more about<br />

the history of Clown Week. He believed<br />

in the proclamations, and felt they were<br />

the written affirmations from the community<br />

at large. In the early 2000s, I<br />

was elated to hear that he would once<br />

again take on the task of International<br />

Clown Week for COAI. By this time,<br />

the week had been renamed by COAI<br />

as International Clown Week. It was<br />

special for our organization to know that<br />

the original chairman was at the helm<br />

again. He continued to be available to<br />

answer questions even after he stepped<br />

down. My husband and I will always be<br />

honored in knowing Frank Kelly. Rest in<br />

peace, my friend!<br />

Remember to check on your renewal<br />

time for membership. Sometimes, it<br />

can catch up to you. If you put a circle<br />

around your renewal time on your calendar,<br />

it will help remind you to renew.<br />

Continue gifting memberships because<br />

it’s working. Give someone a smile<br />

this week; help them by renewing or<br />

re-establishing their membership. TNC<br />

Clowns of America International • www.coai.org 11


INSPIRATION AND HUMOR<br />

COAI ALLEY PROFILE<br />

Magic Town Clown Alley #263<br />

By Clydene Dyer<br />

The COAI Magic Town Clown Alley #263 was founded in 1994. One of the<br />

founding members was Diana “Li’l Smidgen” Hale, the current Southeast<br />

Regional Vice President. Throughout the year, we teach skills such as balloon twisting,<br />

magic, face painting, and walk-around tricks at our monthly meetings. With the support<br />

of our local children’s hospital, we have been able to host instructors such as Arla<br />

Albers, Brenda Marshall, David Bartlett, Tom King, Aurora Krauss, and many others<br />

over the past sixteen years. Duane Laflin once gave us a presentation in conjunction<br />

with a local magician’s club. Magic Town Clown Alley members also make up the staff<br />

of the local clown school, which was founded by two alley members in 2002, and originally<br />

met in downtown Birmingham. By invitation, we later moved to a local hospital.<br />

The school’s staff has trained and graduated over two hundred and fifty students from<br />

Alabama and Georgia. The school’s last class was held in early 2016.<br />

The Alley currently has forty members, and we have participated in some unique<br />

experiences over the years. We provided children’s entertainment for a wedding, and<br />

once for a hospital chaplain’s ordination service. Several members clown on a weekly<br />

basis at Children’s of Alabama, our local children’s hospital, and other hospitals in the<br />

area such as UAB Medicine and the VA Hospital and Clinic. We love clowning at the<br />

hospital, and it’s afforded some opportunities to bring joy in times of great sorrow. We<br />

have performed magic over the bed of a child whose family knew they were observing<br />

his last birthday on earth. Both in and out of clown, we’ve attended the funerals of<br />

several children we had come to love while clowning at the hospital. At the viewing<br />

of several fellow joeys, we painted red hearts on our cheeks and sang silly songs as we<br />

gathered to pay our respects. We’ve been asked to visit the mother and siblings of a<br />

tiny baby who was about to be taken off life support, and attended a special welcomehome-from-the-hospital<br />

celebration for a child severely injured from fallen power<br />

lines.<br />

MeMo the Clown does a monthly birthday celebration for the veterans who live<br />

at the Robert Howard Home for Veterans. We also enjoy clowning around at local<br />

nursing homes, including St. Martin’s in the Pines, where we did karaoke and danced<br />

with the residents for their Valentine’s Day party a few years ago. We face paint at a<br />

local assisted living facility for their employees’ annual picnic each year. Several of our<br />

members also have the unique opportunity to call bingo at a local adult hospital each<br />

Tuesday. Patients can tune into the closed-circuit television program featuring our<br />

clowns. After an hour of bingo, the clowns deliver prizes to the winners, often taking<br />

walk-around magic or balloons with them for everyone’s benefit.<br />

Our members will often clown for<br />

local special events, such as this year’s<br />

Valentine’s Day party at a local shelter<br />

for domestic violence victims, or at the<br />

Better Basics Reading Initiative’s annual<br />

dinner for children who’ve met their<br />

reading challenge. Our Alley has also<br />

taught balloon twisting classes for children<br />

at local libraries. Our clowns have<br />

joined many military units for events<br />

around our state as well, especially when<br />

soldiers are returning from Iraq and<br />

their local military group throw welcome<br />

parties.<br />

This June will be our Alley’s twelfth<br />

year participating in the Vulcan Birthday<br />

Bash. Vulcan is the world’s largest cast<br />

iron statue. Fifty-six feet tall, and made<br />

of 100,000 pounds of iron, he stands at<br />

the top of Red Mountain overlooking<br />

the city of Birmingham. Vulcan Park<br />

and Museum features spectacular views<br />

of Birmingham, an interactive history<br />

museum that examines Vulcan and<br />

Birmingham’s story, a premier venue<br />

for private events, and a beautiful public<br />

park for visitors and locals to enjoy.<br />

Members also participate in local<br />

parades, such as the Peach Parade in<br />

Clanton, Alabama, and the Thorsby<br />

Swedish Festival in a nearby town established<br />

by Scandinavian immigrants.<br />

Veteran’s Day will find our clowns riding<br />

their parade tricycles, motorcycles,<br />

and motor scooters in the Veteran’s Day<br />

Parade in Birmingham, home of the nation’s<br />

very first Veteran’s Day.<br />

We hope to enjoy this long-running<br />

history of clowning in our town for<br />

many years to come. TNC<br />

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1.<br />

2. 3.<br />

4.<br />

5.<br />

6.<br />

8.<br />

7.<br />

9.<br />

1. Greg “Goosie” Gosselin, Kathryn “Boo Boo” Mayor,<br />

Terry “Socks” Dailey, Lori “Luna” Theodoras, Clydene “Lil’<br />

Darlin” Dyer visit a mother and her child at the Children’s<br />

Hospital. 2. (l to r) Debbi “Snuggles” Sartino, Philip<br />

“Philbert” Currie, and Sara “Happy” Vollmer at the annual<br />

Tapping Out Cancer event sponsored by the Children’s<br />

10.<br />

11.<br />

Hospital of Alabama. 3. Linda “Peppermint” Champion, Lynn “Whiskers” Erwin, and Christine “Pixie” Ellis on their weekly visit as Hospital Elves. 4. Two motorcycles<br />

designed and built by Terry “Socks” Dailey, our past vice president. Socks is a former championship motorcycle racer, who retired in 2013, and took up<br />

clowning in 2014. He often rides his bikes in local parades. 5. Magic Town Clowns and one of Terry “Socks” Dailey’s motorcycles at the VA Parade in downtown<br />

Birmingham. 6. Margaret “MeMo” Powell at one of her birthday celebrations for the Robert Howard Veteran’s Home. 7. Judy “LuLu” Shields at the Swedish<br />

Festival in Thorsby, Alabama. 8. Santa Steve and Ms. Claus with (l to r) Kathryn “Boo Boo” Mayor, Greg “Goosie” Gosselin, Terry “Socks” Dailey, and Clydene<br />

“Lil’ Darlin” Dyer (kneeling). 9. Our pastor, Clydene “Lil’ Darlin Dyer, Rita “Plum Cute” Case, and Bob “Cowboy Bob” McBrayer at our church’s annual fall festival.<br />

10. Clowning at the Children’s Hospital. (l to r) Clydene “Lil’ Darlin” Dyer, Greg “Goosie” Gosselin, Danita “Dimples” Childers, and Lori “Luna” Theodoras. 11.<br />

Terry “Socks” Dailey.<br />

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INSPIRATION AND HUMOR<br />

5<br />

Reasons<br />

New Clowns<br />

Should<br />

Be in Parades<br />

By Tricia “Pricilla Mooseburger” Manuel<br />

Parade season is here! If you are just getting started in the magical world of clowning,<br />

you are probably going to be in a parade soon. They are the most common<br />

baptism by fire for new clowns.<br />

Here are five reasons new clowns love parades:<br />

1. NO REHEARSAL REQUIRED<br />

If you don’t have a shtick planned, you can simply walk the parade route, shake<br />

hands, wave, and pose for pictures. You don’t need to memorize a routine. You don’t<br />

have to practice blocking for a stage show, and there is no need to get the timing for<br />

a magic trick just right.<br />

However, if you do have a walk-around prop, you should have some patter prepared.<br />

Keep it simple, but keep in mind that the beauty of clown humor is improvisation,<br />

crafted on the spot to pertain to that moment and that person. You can’t go wrong<br />

with a compliment: “My, what a pretty dress you have on! Those are such cute shoes!<br />

Can I borrow them?” I love to tease old men about how they spared no expense when<br />

taking their wives out on a date!<br />

You also don’t want to be carrying a big, heavy prop around; a feather duster or tiny<br />

whisk broom can be a great parade prop. Tell the kids you are here to tidy things up<br />

before the parade starts.<br />

have laughed, but another eight people<br />

who will are sitting ten feet away. If your<br />

wording didn’t sound right in that last<br />

bit of patter, don’t worry. You can change<br />

it up and try out something different in<br />

a moment.<br />

So what if your prop didn’t work the<br />

way it was supposed to? In four minutes,<br />

you’ll get another chance to try it in front<br />

of new people. Don’t get discouraged if<br />

you didn’t get the reaction you wanted.<br />

A parade offers the best way to try out<br />

new material. You can fail, and that is<br />

okay. Your audience changes with every<br />

step you take. And guess what? There’s a<br />

whole other side of the street, too!<br />

It’s also a great place to try a new<br />

look. When I started playing with a<br />

new Auguste character, I tried it out at a<br />

Fourth of July parade first.<br />

4. SAFETY IN NUMBERS<br />

Rarely is there one clown in a parade.<br />

Usually, a clown club will come out en<br />

masse. When you are a new clown, it’s<br />

good to have a few seasoned pros by your<br />

side to help you out in a pinch. Having<br />

a gaggle of clowns around is like having<br />

a safety net; everyone is looking out for<br />

each other.<br />

5. QUICK AND PAINLESS<br />

Most parades average sixty to ninety<br />

minutes for the audience. For someone<br />

performing in the parade, though, it<br />

might only be twenty to thirty minutes.<br />

You get in, you get the laugh, and you get<br />

out. It’s a rush!<br />

2. LOW PRESSURE<br />

Parade clowning is hit-and-run clowning at its best. You make a connection<br />

with the folks sitting along the route, and you have fun. No one’s<br />

birthday will be ruined if you make a mistake.<br />

It’s not like the pressure of sitting in a booth and churning out one<br />

balloon or face-paint design after another. There’s no paycheck riding on<br />

how well you perform in a parade.<br />

You are out there to make some memories with your clown alley. Take<br />

it easy, have fun, and go with the flow.<br />

3. SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR FAILURE<br />

You know what’s great about a parade? You get a thousand and one<br />

times to tell the same joke. Those eight people in front of you may not<br />

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O<br />

INSPIRATION AND HUMOR<br />

Our Good Ch<br />

Our Good Cheer List<br />

Usually, you will find a parade is one of<br />

the quickest and most frenzied types of<br />

clowning you’ll experience in your clown<br />

unit. A clown friend told me that for<br />

one small-town parade, he actually spent<br />

more time putting on his makeup and<br />

costume than he did actually walking<br />

the route!<br />

Sometimes, a parade can be a lot of<br />

hurry-up-and-wait moments, so be prepared<br />

for delays. I am kind of a stinker.<br />

When there is a big delay and I can’t see<br />

the next float coming around the corner,<br />

I tell the crowd, “Well, that’s the end,<br />

folks! Due to budget cuts the parade is<br />

shorter than usual.” No one believes me!<br />

Consider being pre-parade entertainment.<br />

This is what our clown club<br />

does. We don’t actually have an official<br />

numbered spot in the parade. It is too<br />

hard to keep up if you want to stop and<br />

play with the crowd. Instead, we contact<br />

the parade coordinators and ask to be<br />

listed as pre-parade. We entertain the<br />

people waiting for things to start. The<br />

crowd is very appreciative of any kind of<br />

diversion!<br />

Our club carpools and meets at a certain<br />

location. We discuss who is going to<br />

go where and do what, stretch, and then<br />

hit the street about forty-five minutes<br />

before the parade begins.<br />

As we visit with the people, the parade<br />

is catching up behind us, and that’s okay.<br />

Don’t feel rushed. Go at your own pace.<br />

We set a time to meet back at our cars so<br />

no one gets left behind. TNC<br />

Tricia Manuel is known as “Pricilla<br />

Mooseburger” and “Miss Moose.” She is a<br />

long-time member of COAI. She has been operating<br />

Mooseburger Clown Arts Camp and<br />

Pricilla Mooseburger Originals since 1989.<br />

More clown educational articles can be found<br />

at her blog: www.mooseburger.com.<br />

Please take a moment<br />

to spread a few words<br />

of good cheer with a<br />

card or note to one of<br />

these members.<br />

Miriam “Senorita Soto” Kleinberger<br />

2 Maple Lane North<br />

Loudonville, NY 12211<br />

Paul “Daddy-O” Kleinberger<br />

919 Slate Hill Road<br />

Sharon Springs, NY 13459<br />

Charlie “Charlie Chuckles”<br />

Meranda<br />

369 Herron Road<br />

North Ft. Myers, FL 33903-2748<br />

Kathy “Noodles” Gurak<br />

18 Park Avenue<br />

Garfield, NJ 07026<br />

Good Cheer Chairman:<br />

Fred Schlosshauer<br />

8 Alanon Street<br />

Whippany, NJ 07981<br />

973-887-2617<br />

oscarboj@aol.com<br />

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The Annual<br />

COAI<br />

Competition<br />

Awards<br />

Awards were presented in<br />

fourteen categories during<br />

the 32nd Annual COAI Convention<br />

in Kansas City, Missouri. Recipients<br />

were recognized at the banquet on<br />

Saturday, April 30, held at the Hilton<br />

Kansas City Airport Hotel.<br />

Although awards are offered for<br />

the top ten contestents in each category,<br />

scoring does not always result<br />

in awards for all ten positions. In<br />

categories with five or fewer competitors,<br />

placement is based on percentile<br />

achievements. Contestants<br />

may also tie for placement.<br />

Convention<br />

Best in Clown<br />

<strong>2017</strong><br />

President Mike Cox presented<br />

Matthew Spraggins with the <strong>2017</strong><br />

Convention Best in Clown Award<br />

for earning the highest combined<br />

score in this year’s competitions.<br />

Matthew lives and operates his<br />

children’s entertainment business in<br />

Rockwall, Texas. He shared a little<br />

with us about his experience and how<br />

he became a clown.<br />

Matthew<br />

Spraggins<br />

Competition Photos by Merilyn Barrett<br />

Layout & Design by Bryan Conroy, Regina<br />

“Cha Cha” Wollrabe, and Teo Wollrabe<br />

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I had been drawing caricatures for<br />

a few years, working weekend events.<br />

I saw other entertainers twisting balloons<br />

and performing as clowns and<br />

characters. It looked like more fun<br />

than what I was doing, and I noticed<br />

they were getting more jobs. So I<br />

started looking into it. Soon after,<br />

I got the chance to draw a coloring<br />

book for the Shrine Clowns in the<br />

Dallas area. They invited me to come<br />

to their circus, and I loved it. I was<br />

still learning to twist balloons, and<br />

I found a few balloon jams. There, I<br />

met some clowns who invited me to<br />

an alley meeting.


Now, I have been called weird, annoying,<br />

and immature for most of<br />

my adult life, but when I walked into<br />

that first meeting and heard how immature,<br />

annoying, and weird those<br />

people were, I froze. These people<br />

were just like me! I had never felt<br />

more comfortable around a group of<br />

people in all of my life, and I didn’t<br />

really know anyone there. I<br />

knew this was a gift from<br />

God. I thought, “These<br />

are my people!”<br />

I looked for classes<br />

but couldn’t find any because<br />

they were no longer<br />

offered in my area. I taught<br />

myself mostly through<br />

back issues of The New<br />

<strong>Calliope</strong> and YouTube.<br />

I quit my day job and<br />

started entertaining<br />

full time, presenting<br />

myself as a<br />

clown. I had<br />

terrible shoes,<br />

terrible<br />

makeup,<br />

and a terrible<br />

costume.<br />

After other horrible<br />

attempts to select a name,<br />

I settled on “Stompers.”<br />

My first clown job was also<br />

my first face painting job.<br />

It was scary, but I learned<br />

tons. Soon afterward, I completely<br />

revamped my look,<br />

changed my name to “Soda-<br />

Pop McBop,” and got a menu<br />

for my face painting jobs.<br />

I’ve been clowning for four<br />

years this August. This was my<br />

second COAI Convention. I<br />

also attended Las Vegas last year.<br />

Competing has been the best part<br />

of the conventions for me. I learn<br />

how to take constructive criticism<br />

and apply all the skills I’ve learned<br />

from classes. Then I take what I’ve learned in competitions and put that<br />

knowledge into my business.<br />

Making others smile is the best job I have ever had. It is a true gift<br />

from God! TNC<br />

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Hector Batista<br />

Nicholas Reed<br />

COAI COMPETITION SCORING<br />

Awards are made for the top ten contestants in<br />

each category; however, scoring does not always<br />

result in awards for all ten positions.<br />

In categories with five or fewer competitors,<br />

placement is based on percentile achievements.<br />

Contestants may also tie for placement.<br />

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Luis Casiano<br />

Edward Estrin<br />

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Marielizabeth Capacetti<br />

Esthefany Perez<br />

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Juanita Blackwell<br />

Kristi Parker<br />

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Laura Schell<br />

Cheryl Arnold<br />

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Jeanne Woska<br />

Ivan Mendez<br />

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Jorge Adorno<br />

Roger Latham<br />

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Sue Marranconi<br />

Lori Jacobs<br />

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25


Sandra Winstead<br />

Roger Brakebill<br />

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www.coai.org<br />

Register today for the<br />

2018 COAI Convention<br />

in Richmond, Virgina!<br />

Contestants who are 55 years of age or older may elect to<br />

be judged in the Seniors Division rather than other makeup<br />

and costume categories. All types of clowns will be<br />

judged in this category, using the criteria set for the various<br />

types of clowns. Contestants who elect to be judged in the<br />

Seniors Division may only enter one category.<br />

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Juanita Blackwell<br />

Kenny Fowler Kristi Parker Gloria Sterrett<br />

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Sue Marranconi Jackie Newton Matthew Spraggins<br />

Roger Bakerbill Lori Jacobs Sara Kreutz<br />

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The Baby<br />

Luis Casiano, Jorge Adorno, Marielizabeth Capacetti,<br />

and Julio Capacetti<br />

The Baby<br />

Jonna Bakerbill, Roger Bakerbill, and Richard Westbrook<br />

Bicycle Ride<br />

Juanita Blackwell and Debora Roy<br />

The Circus Pie Car<br />

Patti Ummel and Lori Jacobs<br />

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Mobile Dentist<br />

Nicholas Reed, Richard Smith, and Sue Marranconi<br />

Out of This World<br />

Dolly Jones and Jackie Newton<br />

Date Night<br />

Tammy Barry and Susan Dorland<br />

Boss Bee<br />

Debbie Fowler and Kenny Fowler<br />

Royal Papers<br />

Deborah Ratajczak and Robert Ratajczak<br />

The Game Show<br />

Nancy Frankel, Claire Marcotte, Barbara Foristall,<br />

and Kristi Parker<br />

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Matthew Spraggins<br />

Sue Marranconi<br />

Lori Jacobs<br />

Jonna Brakebill<br />

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Sara Kreutz<br />

Jackie Newton<br />

Kristi Parker<br />

Roger Brankbill<br />

Gloria Sterrett<br />

Hector Batista<br />

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I Can’t Anymore<br />

Julio Capacetti and Marielizabeth Capacetti<br />

Royal Papers<br />

Deborah Ratajczak and Robert Ratajczak<br />

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cheek<br />

Marielizabeth Capacetti<br />

Asia Espinal<br />

Matthew Spraggins<br />

Laura Schell<br />

Sue Marranconi<br />

Lori Jacobs<br />

Cheryl Arnold<br />

Kristi Parker<br />

Jackie Newton<br />

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full face<br />

Laura Schell<br />

Marielizabeth Capacetti<br />

Matthew Spraggins<br />

Angela Schlangen<br />

Kristi Parker<br />

Asia Espinal<br />

Sue Marranconi<br />

Lori Jacobs<br />

Maria Nunez<br />

Jackie Newton<br />

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Laura Schell<br />

Jill Schmidt<br />

Sue Marranconi<br />

Spangle the Clown<br />

Matthew Spraggins<br />

Donna Trout<br />

Pamela Malhall<br />

Sara Kreutz<br />

Kristi Parker<br />

Wesley Newman<br />

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Matthew Spraggins<br />

Donna Trout<br />

Pamela Mulhall<br />

Spangle the Clown<br />

Laura Schell<br />

Sara Kreutz<br />

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Jill Schmidt<br />

Matthew Spraggins<br />

Donna Trout<br />

Samuel Bearden<br />

Spangle the Clown<br />

Pamela Mulhall<br />

Laura Schell<br />

Kristi Parker<br />

Sue Marranconi<br />

Sara Kreutz<br />

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How about<br />

Chalk Talk?<br />

By Rachel Strnad<br />

had my first experience with Chalk Talk in the mid-nineties while participating in<br />

I a Wycliffe Missions at the Airport event in Kidron, Ohio. I sat with around fifteen<br />

other children on the floor of a cavernous hangar, watching a grandfatherly man set<br />

up an easel. As music swelled from the sound system, he picked up a set of pastels<br />

and began to draw. We kids watched, spellbound, as a jungle landscape took shape<br />

on the paper. Twenty minutes later, with the picture complete, the artist signaled for<br />

the lights to dim, and turned on a black light. In its glow, we saw one of our N60JA<br />

propeller planes flying over the trees. At the time, my six-year-old mind thought it<br />

was just a cool illusion. I had no conception of the history behind this simple picture.<br />

Chalk Talks originally came about by accident in a small, New York Methodist<br />

Church in the 1870s. Like many churches of the era, this congregation was in constant<br />

need of funds, and organized many entertainments and socials to augment their offerings.<br />

For one such entertainment, the ladies planning the event asked recent member<br />

and newspaper cartoonist Frank Beard to present some of his drawings. Beard accepted,<br />

though he felt it would be awkward to simply stand in front of the audience,<br />

drawing. He therefore wrote a short talk to give as he drew. This presentation was so<br />

well received that he was soon giving Chalk Talks in churches and theaters all over<br />

America, including the Chautauqua Circuit.<br />

Other artists caught on to this concept, including vaudeville performers and comedians.<br />

J. Stuart Blackton, “The Komikal Kartoonist,” was known for his lightning<br />

sketches before he took them into the film industry. Winsor McCay also performed<br />

chalk talks as a vaudeville act and pioneered the first animated short with his “Gertie<br />

the Dinosaur” routine. Such acts were still going in the 1940s. Paddy Drew, the Irish<br />

comedian, performed with a large pad of paper, an easel, and chalk. Beginning with<br />

an image as simple as three dots and a dash, which was morse code for the letter V,<br />

he proceeded to draw and explain how this “Sign of England” would frighten their<br />

most dire enemy: swine Adolf. The final picture was a doodle of the enraged Fuehrer<br />

himself. Emmett Kelly, renowned for his hobo persona, Weary Willy, also spent part<br />

of his career as a vaudeville Chalk Talk artist.<br />

Even some contemporary comedians<br />

play on the Chalk Talk format. Demeteri<br />

Martin often performs with a pad and<br />

paper full of either pre-drawn, or partially<br />

drawn figures, which serve as the<br />

springboard for his jokes.<br />

The Chalk Talk format has also been<br />

used as a teaching tool, with the lecturer<br />

doodling on the blackboard or dry-erase<br />

board to augment his students’ auditory<br />

learning with visual aids. With the rise of<br />

the Internet, such methods have come in<br />

handy for YouTubers such as the History<br />

Credits team, who present history lessons<br />

in the form of cartoons “drawn” on the<br />

screen under narration.<br />

In the twenty-first century, however,<br />

the bulk of Chalk Talk artists<br />

Left: Rod Snow creating a hidden image piece. Right: Artist Charlene Bainbridge performing with music.<br />

Illustrations from an early Chalk Art manual:<br />

Crayon and Character: Truth Made Clear<br />

Through Eye and Ear or Ten-minute Talks with<br />

Colored Chalks<br />

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Above: Chalk artist Jim Hicks. Left: Rod Snow<br />

shares the process of creating a hidden black<br />

light image in a chalk drawing.<br />

performance. Once the piece is finished,<br />

the artist turns on a black light, revealing<br />

a hidden image that either augments the<br />

picture or gives it a new meaning.<br />

But what if you aren’t an artist?<br />

Despite the daunting complexity of<br />

most Chalk Talks in the twenty-first<br />

century, it is helpful to remember that<br />

all Chalk Talk routines require only four<br />

things: a drawing surface, a way to set it<br />

upright, drawing materials, and a basic<br />

understanding of the core mechanic. The<br />

finished product must change the audience’s<br />

perception of the drawing, whether<br />

it augments the routine’s punch line<br />

or is the punch line itself. Harlan Tarbell,<br />

in his 1920s booklet, Chalk Talk: Rapid-<br />

Fire Novelties, gives a few ideas.<br />

The secret to chalk talk is creating a recognizable shape with just a few strokes.<br />

come from the Christian performing<br />

arts world. Most books on the subject,<br />

from Beard’s own publications to recent<br />

handbooks on black light chalk images,<br />

have mostly been geared toward Chalk<br />

Talk as a ministry. Most notable among<br />

these contemporary artists was Ding<br />

Teuling, who died in September 2016<br />

at age ninety-six. Beginning in 1937,<br />

he drew for revivals and churches, and<br />

educated more than three thousand artists.<br />

His trademark was hidden images.<br />

Under black light, one scene from the<br />

Old Testament story of Elijah’s departure<br />

from his successor, Elisha, reveals<br />

the fiery chariots taking the prophet to<br />

heaven. Such hidden image artists don’t<br />

actually talk while they draw, but create<br />

their picture under a musical soundtrack.<br />

Though deceptively named, Chalk<br />

Talk uses chalk-based pastels rather than<br />

actual chalk. These come in a variety of<br />

colors, including fluorescent and black<br />

light colors, which are ideally suited for<br />

more sophisticated Chalk Talks that employ<br />

the hidden image technique.<br />

Artists like Teuling and his students<br />

specialize in black light hidden images.<br />

In this technique, the image is drawn on<br />

the paper with special pastels before the<br />

Frank Beard, inventor of Chalk Talk.<br />

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Left to right: Artist Cliff Beeman is known for his patriotic Chalk Art. Richard Height and his work. Ding Tueling at work.<br />

Evolution<br />

Begin talking about the inherent<br />

humor in evolution. “Scientists are real<br />

comedians, you know that? They say we descended<br />

from fish.”<br />

Draw Figure 1. Keep talking as you<br />

start adding to it.<br />

“Can you believe it? Actually, I can. I go<br />

out to the market every day and I see this<br />

man shouting ‘Fish for sale! Fresh fish!’”<br />

Complete Figure 2.<br />

“Now that’s what I call survival of this<br />

fittest.”<br />

Start on Figure 3.<br />

“One thing I wonder about is the evolution<br />

of seals. They have to be in the early<br />

stages, right?”<br />

Start making it into Figure 4.<br />

“But if you think about it, some of them<br />

have already evolved, though they haven’t<br />

got rid of the bark.”<br />

Finish Figure 4.<br />

“Maybe we need to tell the seals to get<br />

their game on.”<br />

Cubism<br />

Begin drawing Figure 1.<br />

“The age of Cubism was so easy for artists,<br />

like walking bouts in a marathon. We could<br />

take a break from all the real taxing work,<br />

draw a couple lines and squares and—<br />

voila! A horse.”<br />

Finish Figure 1. Begin drawing Figure<br />

2, identical with Figure 1. As you talk,<br />

draw all but the horse’s head.<br />

“But some people don’t like cubism. They<br />

have no appreciation for its good points.<br />

They wouldn’t be able to appreciate this<br />

horse from any angle. So, for their benefit,<br />

instead of making this horse look so square,<br />

I’m going to make him look round.”<br />

Finish Figure 2 with the horse’s head<br />

looking behind him.<br />

Drawing skill doesn’t need to be a<br />

pre-requisite for Chalk Talk. An article<br />

in the June 1927 issue of Popular<br />

Mechanics explained how to trace cartoons<br />

onto a sheet of paper with a perforating<br />

wheel in order to “draw” them<br />

later as a Chalk Talk. Many of comedian<br />

Demetri Martin’s routines involve simple<br />

lines, stick figures, and fictitious statistics<br />

that require no artistic skill to produce.<br />

With such a variety of applications, it’s a<br />

wonder Chalk Talk isn’t used more often<br />

in the performing arts. TNC<br />

Rachel Strnad (pronounced STIR-nad)<br />

got involved with the performing arts at a<br />

young age when she, her mother, and her sister<br />

joined a puppet troupe as part of JAARS,<br />

one of Wycliffe Bible Translators’ technical<br />

branches. When the troupe disbanded, her<br />

mother bought a stage, and they continued<br />

puppeteering and clowning as a family<br />

ministry for several years. Rachel wishes to<br />

thank Chalk Talk expert Kerry Kistler for<br />

his assistance with this article.<br />

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CLOWN ALLEY<br />

WORKSHOPS<br />

with<br />

FUN<br />

ENTERTAINING AND<br />

EDUCATIONAL!<br />

VISIT BEBOP AT:<br />

www.bebopsworld.com<br />

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Continued from page 9<br />

higher your score will be. Also,<br />

include any thank-you cards<br />

or e-mails.<br />

Event Information: Please<br />

include the date, time, type,<br />

and name of each event. Also,<br />

include the names of everyone<br />

who participated in each<br />

event when submitting your<br />

documents.<br />

Pictures: It’s very important<br />

that you take as many pictures<br />

as you can at all your events.<br />

These pictures help show how<br />

you promoted International<br />

Clown Week. When taking<br />

pictures, make sure you include<br />

signage showing that<br />

you’re promoting International<br />

Clown Week. All pictures<br />

should show Alley members<br />

wearing clown. There also<br />

needs to be a variety of pictures.<br />

For example, action pictures,<br />

posed pictures with a guest,<br />

pictures showing you promoting<br />

Clown Week, and a picture<br />

of everyone who made this<br />

week special.<br />

Content: All the content<br />

you submit with your application<br />

needs to be creative and<br />

organized by date, time, and<br />

event. It should tell a story<br />

from start to finish. The more<br />

creative, detailed, and organized,<br />

the higher your score<br />

will be. I suggest putting it in<br />

a notebook or scrapbook as the<br />

week progresses.<br />

For more information, visit<br />

the CHARLIE Award page<br />

on the COAI website, or contact<br />

Carrie Ray by phone at<br />

214-577-6002 or e-mail at<br />

carrielray10@yahoo.com. TNC


How to<br />

Pick a Nose<br />

By Tim “Sawdust” Laynor<br />

President, Kolonial Klowns Alley #357<br />

When Kolonial Klowns was preparing for the <strong>2017</strong> Gloucester County Daffodil<br />

Festival, we used the daffodil blooms to make decorative hair clips. This left us with a<br />

dozen flowerless stems.<br />

If this ever happens to you, an excellent way to recycle the bare stems is to add foam<br />

clown noses, turning them into a dozen long-stem noses. Do not glue the noses to the<br />

stems, so they can be removed and worn.<br />

When presenting them to an audience member, explain that you received a bouquet<br />

of noses from your Valentine (or beaux, if it’s not that time of year), and you’d be<br />

happy to share. Ask the audience member, “Would you like to pick your nose?” When<br />

moving to the next group, place a nose on the empty stem. TNC<br />

Reach more clowns for less money! Advertise in<br />

The New <strong>Calliope</strong>! For rates and available issues,<br />

e-mail thenewcalliope@gmail.com.<br />

HOW-TO<br />

CLOWN<br />

CALENDAR<br />

July 12–15, <strong>2017</strong><br />

I.B.M.-S.A.M. Combined Convention<br />

Louisville, Kentucky<br />

www.ibmsam<strong>2017</strong>.org<br />

July 17–22, <strong>2017</strong><br />

National Puppetry Festival<br />

St. Paul, Minnesota<br />

www.puppeteers.org<br />

July 25–30, <strong>2017</strong><br />

Mooseburger Clown Arts Camp<br />

Buffalo, Minnesota<br />

www.mooseburger.com/moosecamp<br />

August 1–7, <strong>2017</strong><br />

International Clown Week<br />

August 21–25, <strong>2017</strong><br />

American Clown Academy<br />

Newark, Ohio<br />

http://.aca.linklv.com<br />

September 6–10, <strong>2017</strong><br />

South East Clown Association<br />

Altamonte Springs, Florida<br />

www.southeastclowns.com<br />

September 27–October 1, <strong>2017</strong><br />

TCA Convention<br />

Montgomery, Texas<br />

charmin@consolidated.net<br />

October 3–7, <strong>2017</strong><br />

Midwest Clown Association<br />

Convention<br />

Grand Rapids, Michigan<br />

www.midwestclownassociation.org<br />

November 3–5, <strong>2017</strong><br />

Kentucky Clown Derby<br />

Clarksville, Indiana<br />

kentuckyclownderby.com<br />

November 17–19, <strong>2017</strong><br />

Toby's Clown School<br />

Lake Placid, Florida<br />

tobysclownfoundation.org<br />

April 3–8, 2018<br />

COAI Convention<br />

Richmond, Virginia<br />

www.coai.org<br />

GH<br />

Send event information to<br />

thenewcalliope@gmail.com with<br />

Clown Calendar in the subject line.<br />

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INSPIRATION AND HUMOR<br />

CALLING ALL ALLEYS!<br />

Alley Happenings<br />

Judy “Dearheart” Quest<br />

Big Opportunities Coming for New Clown Graduates!<br />

Since I took this office in July, I have been working my little clown brains out trying<br />

to figure out how to get ahold of all of the COAI Alleys. We supposedly have ninety-two<br />

Alleys, but we don’t have current contact information for many of you. The<br />

board is very energetic in creating opportunities for Alleys, but you can’t have our cool<br />

stuff if we don’t know how to contact you. So please, please, please, could you send the<br />

name and an e-mail address for your Alley to me at dearhart@cox.net. If you aren’t of a<br />

mind to send in your yearly Alley report, at least let me know you are alive and still part<br />

of the family by sending in a contact name. Even if your Alley has only three clowns,<br />

we still love you.<br />

Our most recent opportunity is for clowns who have recently graduated, or are<br />

planning to take clown classes, to receive a six month e-membership to COAI free<br />

upon graduation! Many times, people seem to have fun at a class but gradually drift<br />

away afterward. This membership is designed to keep new clowns excited and involved<br />

in the greatest organization on earth. You can read more details about this in our<br />

membership director, Teresa Gretton’s<br />

article in this issue.<br />

I also hope you take the time to read<br />

the article in this magazine about the<br />

Magic Town Clowns. Wow, am I ever<br />

impressed with these clowns and what<br />

they do for their community! If you<br />

would like to have a story about your<br />

Alley in The New <strong>Calliope</strong> or on the<br />

COAI website, let me know. I am always<br />

anxious to share the good news of great<br />

Alleys.<br />

On a personal note, thank you to so<br />

many clowns from all over COAI-land<br />

who have cheered me on in my ferocious<br />

fight against cancer. Clown people are so<br />

incredibly kind and supportive! TNC<br />

Contact Judy Quest by e-mail at<br />

dearheart@cox.net.<br />

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INSPIRATION AND HUMOR<br />

By Regina “Cha Cha” Wollrabe, Junior Joeys Director<br />

Junior Joeys at the COAI<br />

Convention in Kansas City<br />

We had another fun and successful Junior<br />

Joey Program this year at the <strong>2017</strong> Kansas<br />

City Convention. All of the Junior Joeys who<br />

attended reached their goals of getting the education<br />

and competition experiences they desired. As usual,<br />

they got a lot of attention at the convention, because adults<br />

value their commitment to learning the craft that we love so passionately. Every<br />

time I meet a Junior Joey or a Teen Joey, I find that they, too, are passionate to do and<br />

be the very best that they can be.<br />

COMPETITION: Two Teen Joeys competed this year, one in Makeup and the<br />

other in Balloons, and a Junior Joey presented and received critique in the Makeup<br />

competition. We were so proud of Samuel Beardon who placed fourth in the Multiple<br />

Balloon competition with his Grinch design.<br />

JUNIOR JOEY SHOWCASE: The Junior Joey Showcase was amazing. Jillyan<br />

Henning brought her up-to-date steampunk style clown character named “Gears”<br />

that everyone loved, knowing that she brings a style to clowning that kids today<br />

will like and relate to. Charlie Hepner is a whiteface clown carrying on a makeup<br />

tradition that many of us fear is a dying art. She is also a natural funny girl with<br />

contortionist skills and made all of us laugh in the skit that she and Jillyan made up<br />

about ADHD. (A video will be available on YouTube soon.) Eileen Shafer played her<br />

harp and displayed Harpo Marx-style expressions as Harpa in a funny skit assisted by<br />

Samuel Beardon. Isaac Ralston amazed and delighted us with his juggling skills and<br />

his tall, slender, silly Lite Auguste character. We had the help of our headliners, Dustin<br />

Portillo and Brandon Foster, who not only helped tweak some of the kids’ skits, but<br />

also did the sound for the showcase, using music on their playlist that made the show<br />

feel top-notch!<br />

Jillyan “Gears” Henning made her stunning costume.<br />

Left: Junior Joey Showcase: Junior Joeys Director Regina “Cha Cha” Wollrabe, Jillyan “Gears” Henning, Charlie “Ridiculous” Hepner, Isaac Ralston, Eileen<br />

“Harpa” Shafer, and Samuel Bearden. Middle: Charlie “Ridiculous” Hepner. Right: Samuel Bearden placed fourth in the Multiple Balloon category.<br />

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INSPIRATION AND HUMOR<br />

FIRST GRADUATION:<br />

Eileen and Isaac both received<br />

diplomas, along with twenty-seven<br />

others who were acknowledged<br />

for graduating into the<br />

Teen Joey and College Joey programs.<br />

Those who either turned<br />

sixteen in the last four years, or<br />

will before our next convention,<br />

received a diploma and a letter.<br />

If you know a Junior Joey in this<br />

age group who did not receive a<br />

diploma, please let me know, and<br />

I will send them one.<br />

Left: Regina Wollrabe and Junior Joey Graduate Isaac Ralston.<br />

Right: Junior Joey Graduate Eileen Shafer.<br />

Staff and children who participated in the Kids’ Clown Workshop/Community Outreach program.<br />

Left: Granite State Clowns, COAI Alley #190, convention sponsors of James Bradley. Left to right:<br />

Claire Marcotte, Nancy Frankel, Alan Flagg, James Bradley, Kristi Parker, and Barbara Foristall. Right:<br />

Richard “Design-O” Smith has gifted over twenty Junior Joey memberships.<br />

COMMUNITY OUTREACH:<br />

Our Junior Joeys also helped other kids<br />

from the community learn skills at the<br />

Junior Joeys’ Outreach Program, which<br />

brought in seventeen kids. Our convention<br />

headliners, former Ringling<br />

clowns Brandon Foster and Dustin<br />

Portillo, were perfect as our opening<br />

to the workshop. They taught character<br />

types in clowning and slapstick. We<br />

also had awesome station leaders who<br />

taught skills in seven areas: Clown of<br />

the Year Crissy Melnitzki (face painting),<br />

Judy Quest (balloons), Debbie<br />

Roy (puppets), Sammy Smith (magic),<br />

Lifetime Achievement recipient<br />

Brenda Marshall (hat tricks), Andrew<br />

Davis (plate spinning), and former<br />

Ringling clown Nicole Portwood (juggling).<br />

Two other amazing clowns who<br />

assisted in many ways and made the<br />

program possible were Dawn Pearson<br />

and Julie Varholdt. Seven of the children<br />

who attended became new members<br />

of COAI in our Junior Joey and<br />

Teen programs.<br />

A big shout out to COAI Alley<br />

#190, the Granite State Clowns from<br />

Nebraska, for sponsoring fifteen-yearold<br />

James Bradley so he could attend<br />

part of the convention and also become<br />

a member of COAI. Another big, big<br />

shout out goes to Richard “Design-O”<br />

Smith, who donated more than twenty<br />

memberships for Junior and Teen<br />

Joeys. We are so grateful to everyone<br />

who supports these programs.<br />

To join our e-mail list or private<br />

Facebook page, contact me at<br />

coaijrjoeys@gmail.com.<br />

Bump a nose! TNC<br />

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OFFICIAL BUSINESS<br />

COAI PERKS!<br />

PROGRAM<br />

By Jessica “Gabby” King<br />

Clowns of America International is proud to announce the newest list of COAI Perks!<br />

As a member of COAI, you can receive discounts and promotions from participating COAI member-owned<br />

businesses. Keep watching The New <strong>Calliope</strong>, COAI.org, and our official Facebook page for the newest opportunities.<br />

If you are a COAI member-owned business and wish to participate in this growing program, please contact us at<br />

coaiperks@yahoo.com.<br />

MOOSEBURGER ORIGINALS COAI members get 10% off their purchase ​when they use the online coupon code<br />

IAMCOAI, or tell us over the phone that they are a COAI member. The coupon code can be used more than once, and<br />

is good until July 31, <strong>2017</strong>. This offer is good for all Pricilla Mooseburger Originals orders, including custom costume<br />

orders and in-stock clown supplies, excluding shipping and handling. This offer is not valid for Mooseburger Clown Arts<br />

Camp registrations. To place an order, call 320-963-6277 or visit mooseburgeronline.com.<br />

BALLOONS AND CLOWNS AND THE MAGIC DOLLAR STORE COAI members receive 20% off all orders<br />

excluding balloons. This includes magic, sound systems, and games. To receive this promotion, provide your COAI<br />

membership number when ordering at balloonsandclowns.com, or by phone at 919-344-1313.<br />

SILLY FARM All COAI members receive five dollars off their purchase of thirty dollars or more. Use the coupon<br />

code CLOWN5 when ordering. We carry the largest selection of face and body art supplies for both beginner painters<br />

and seasoned professionals.<br />

CLOWN SUPPLIES COAI members get a new or replacement wig at 10% off regular prices. Use the coupon code<br />

COAIWig when ordering online at www.clownsupplies.com.<br />

T. MYERS T. Myers Magic, Inc. thanks you for your business and would love to offer free shipping on all orders<br />

over $125 to COAI members. This offer is valid for in-stock items only, shipped to US destinations. Provide your COAI<br />

membership number when ordering online at www.tmyers.com, or by phone at 1-800-648-6221. Don’t forget; we stock<br />

the freshest balloons!<br />

KENOSHA MAGIC AND COSTUME COAI members receive twenty-five dollars off all Happie Amp orders.<br />

Just mention your COAI membership number when ordering online at www.kenoshamagic.com, or by phone at 262-652-<br />

0300. Happie Amp is the number one portable PA system for entertainers.<br />

SWC MAGIC COAI members receive 10% off all orders. Just provide your membership number when ordering by<br />

phone at 717-578-3269. Scott Correll provides clown, comedy magic, and kid’s show supplies, as well as hand-made<br />

magical items designed by his wife, Donna.<br />

GENE CORDOVA’S COMEDY CREATURES COAI members receive free shipping and handling on all orders<br />

over thirty-five dollars. To place an order, call 423-562-8093 or e-mail genecordova@comcast.net.<br />

FABRICA DE PAYASOS Y ALGO Fabrica de Payasos y Algo is offering COAI members free shipping on all<br />

orders of fifty dollars or more. If your order is less than fifty dollars, you receive 10% off. We take custom, personalized<br />

orders for dresses or suits. Contact Angel L. “Jobolin” Morales on Facebook, by searching “Payamago Jobolin Promotor<br />

Morales.”<br />

52 The New <strong>Calliope</strong> • May/June <strong>2017</strong><br />

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z LAST<br />

WALK-AROUND<br />

l<br />

Juanita “Doc Tweedles” Brisbin<br />

Juanita “Doc Tweedles” Brisbin, 75, of Nampa, Idaho, died<br />

February 22, <strong>2017</strong>, in her home after a long battle with cancer.<br />

During that time, she was able to plan for her death,<br />

write her obituary, and arrange her own memorial service of<br />

joy. The minister spoke of “The Source of Joy,” and two songs<br />

were played at her request: “Jesus Loves Me” and “Always Be<br />

Humble and Kind.” Ruthie, Miss Bee Havin, Pinky Wink,<br />

and Glitterella all attended as clowns, bringing joy to everyone.<br />

Ruthie performed Doc Tweedles’s favorite clown skit,<br />

“My Three Bad Habits,” and tributes were given by her two sons and her granddaughter.<br />

Along with the beautiful flower arrangements, the church was decorated with<br />

clown balloons dancing over each pew end.<br />

Juanita grew up the baby of a loving family in Bakersfield, California. When she<br />

was twelve, her family moved to Caldwell, Idaho, where she attended secondary school<br />

and worked at a local A&W through graduation and beauty school. She held the longest<br />

employee record at that store. After marrying her husband, Marshall, the couple<br />

moved to Nampa, and Juanita began work at the Bank of Idaho. After retirement, she<br />

attended clown college in Boise, and brought smiles, laughter, and<br />

joy to dozens of parties, banquets, hospitals and nursing homes. She<br />

was honored with the Idaho Gem Jesters’ Clown at Heart award in<br />

2005.<br />

Juanita is survived by her husband of fifty-six years, Marshall<br />

Brisbin; sons, Victor Lee (Lorie), and Val John (Stephanie);<br />

grandchildren, Amber (Rob) Grice, Megan (Ryan) Harrison,<br />

Katie (Thomas) Miles, Haley ( Josh) Prow, Jordan, and Dylan;<br />

great-grandchildren, Layla, Bently, and Tucker Miles, and Aiden,<br />

Kelen, and Iris Harrison; sisters, Ella Jane Kock and Eva Joyce<br />

Weaver; and brother, Bernard Riley (Betty) Bufford. Submitted by Wanda “Miss Bee<br />

Havin” Jennings<br />

Agnes “Sissy” Farkas<br />

Agnes “Sissy” Farkas, 60, died February 15, <strong>2017</strong>, after a valiant<br />

battle with cancer. Attending Clown Camp in LaCrosse,<br />

Wisconsin in the early ‘90s kicked off her clowning journey.<br />

She was involved in the local Thunder Alley #200, wearing a<br />

few hats over the years. Stage shows and skits were her favorite<br />

kinds of performance, but she created many smiles along<br />

the way at birthday parties, parades, and many other venues.<br />

Agi was appointed COAI Canadian Vice President from 1998 to 2000, and attended<br />

many conventions over the years. She was my first mentor and always encouraged me<br />

NEWS<br />

to never give up. We<br />

had many fun and<br />

crazy times together<br />

and were always<br />

there for each other.<br />

Oh, to hear that<br />

sweet voice one<br />

more time saying,<br />

“Come for dinner. I am making Chicken<br />

Paprikash.” She was very proud of her<br />

Hungarian heritage.<br />

Agi is survived by her son, Jason<br />

Mansfield; daughter, Crystal Mansfield<br />

(Mike Kolinski); and many other relatives<br />

and friends. A celebration of life was held<br />

on February 25, <strong>2017</strong>. Rest in peace, my<br />

dear, sweet friend. Submitted by Linda<br />

“Lulu” Loveday<br />

Frank “Kelly the<br />

Clown” Kelly<br />

Francis (Frank)<br />

James Kelly, 90, of Fort<br />

Wayne, Indiana, died<br />

March 5, <strong>2017</strong>. He held<br />

membership number<br />

16, which was carried over from his original<br />

number with Clowns of America, before<br />

the founding of Clowns of America<br />

International. He was born in Yonkers,<br />

New York, and served in the Army during<br />

World War II. After the war, he worked<br />

for thirty-eight years with Lincoln<br />

National Life. He was a professional<br />

clown for fifty years, and was instrumental<br />

in persuading President Nixon to declare<br />

August 1–7 National Clown Week.<br />

Frank was preceded in death by his wife,<br />

Bernadette, in 2011. He is survived by his<br />

sons, Tim (Chery), Chuck (Diana), Dan<br />

( Judy); daughter, Anne; fourteen grandchildren;<br />

and eleven<br />

great-grandchildren.<br />

Memorial gifts may be<br />

sent to the Emmanuel<br />

Lutheran Church<br />

in Fort Wayne, or<br />

to Visiting Nurse<br />

Hospice in Fort<br />

Wayne.<br />

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HOW-TO<br />

Calla Lilly<br />

By Patricia “Pockets” Bunnell<br />

1. 2. 3. 4.<br />

5. 6. 7. 8.<br />

1. Inflate<br />

a white 160,<br />

leaving a<br />

6-inch tip.<br />

Make two<br />

pinch twists.<br />

2. Make<br />

a 6-inch loop,<br />

followed by an<br />

8-inch loop.<br />

Squeeze the<br />

top of the loop<br />

to give it shape.<br />

3. Wrap<br />

the larger<br />

loop around<br />

the smaller<br />

one, making<br />

sure the ends<br />

of the loops<br />

overlap one<br />

another.<br />

4. Inflate<br />

a lime green<br />

160, leaving<br />

a 6-inch<br />

tip. Twist<br />

the nozzle<br />

around the<br />

two white<br />

pinch twists.<br />

5. Inflate<br />

another lime<br />

green 160, leaving<br />

a half-inch<br />

tip. Form three<br />

equal loops and<br />

twist them together.<br />

These are<br />

your three leaves.<br />

6. Insert one<br />

of the leaves into<br />

the center of the<br />

two other leaves.<br />

Add three pinch<br />

twists at the base of<br />

the leaves to help<br />

hold them upright.<br />

Thread the stem<br />

through the leaves.<br />

7. Add<br />

artwork and<br />

a scrap of a<br />

yellow 160<br />

or 260 to the<br />

center of the<br />

flower.<br />

8. I use a<br />

light yellow<br />

permanent<br />

marker.<br />

Patricia “Pockets” Bunnell is an award-winning balloon artist from the Portland, Oregon area. You may<br />

reach her by e-mail at oddballoon@gmail.com or visit her website at www.myfriendandiproductions.com.<br />

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Welcome,<br />

NEW MEMBERS!<br />

Wayne “Fuzzy” Angel, FL<br />

David “Kozy Clown” Arends, TX<br />

Jane “Paquito” Benson, PR<br />

Lindsay Bezick, US<br />

Paige Blunk, US<br />

Alan Dale “Sweet Pea” Brannon, AZ<br />

Joyce “Dee Dee” Brown, AZ<br />

Donald “Rusty” Carpenter, KS<br />

Arianna “Kount Colors” Ceretto, MN<br />

Carissa “Stitches” Ceretto, MN<br />

Ruth “JerBear” Ceretto, AZ<br />

Marina Church, NY<br />

Francisco Collazo Irizarry, NY<br />

Erica “Jazzy Sparkle” Davis, NY<br />

Brandon “Twisting Tamsyn” Deloney, UT<br />

Gerri Dennis, NY<br />

Enid “Tor Amazon” Diaz Figueroa, US<br />

Rylee “Kiki from FloridaClown”<br />

Donelan, FL<br />

Arturo “Roly Rolipin” Gonzalez, PR<br />

Suzzette “Sparkey Babylonia”<br />

Gonzalez Nieves, NY<br />

Doug “Tootsie” Gouger, NY<br />

David “Estreyau” Heffelfinger, PR<br />

Charlie “Estrella Fugaz” Hepner, PR<br />

Dale “Payasa Lele” Hildebrand, PR<br />

Jeri “Payasa Zaynn” Howell, PR<br />

Caroline “Crispin” Jasiewicz, PR<br />

Dolly “ Payaso Nevadito” Johns, PR<br />

Cecilia “Otis” Kinter, AL<br />

Trudy Lawson, NY<br />

Thomas “Cookie” Livingston, NJ<br />

Lady Alice “Paisley” Lopez Resto, WA<br />

Wagner Martes Mena, PA<br />

Darrin “Wendel” Matney, WI<br />

Destiny “Boomer” Medrano, NC<br />

Chester “Daffodil” Mitchell, ID<br />

Gary “Miss Dot” Mooney, MO<br />

Nestor “Snippy” Mora, OK<br />

Stephanie Morris, MI<br />

Claudia “Kety” Nilson, NY<br />

David “Alegrita Sonrisita” Olmeda, PR<br />

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