Dad and Barnum and Bailey

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey CircusBefore Charles and I were married, he came to Illinois for the holidays.  My Dad and Charles began talking and pretty soon I heard the names Barnum & Bailey brought into the conversation.

Charles had ordered a gas saver device from the back of a magazine and was telling my dad all about it.  Charles installed the device on his car prior to his trip to see me.  He wondered if it had helped on the trip out.  And on what principle it operated.

Dad began chuckling and laughing before he answered the question.  After he regained his composure, he said,

Well, it’s built on one of the oldest principles in the world. The same one Barnum & Bailey operated under.  That being, there’s a sucker born every minute!

The laughter could be heard all over the house.  To this day, it is one of our favorite stories and reminds us what a quick wit and wonderful sense of humor our dad had.

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