Paul always wanted to be a carnie. It was all he thought about growing up.
Paul talked about nothing but Carnival…and that is still the case…he can recall where we were years ago and what show we visited on what day.
When he came out on the road about 1966 he was second man on the Merry Go Round. He had just graduated from High School. It was what he dreamt about all those years.
He would go up the ranks quickly, he was a good truck driver and soon became Foreman on the Scrambler. Then “The Boss “ bought a Super Slide and Paul was responsible for that too..until Far Guy took the slide over.
Far Guy’s Mom marked this photo Eugene and Best Friend Paul.
Paul had red hair….well until it turned grey.
Paul and the Super Slide in 1969.
Days off after doing laundry and catching up on sleep…we would all get together and plan a trip…either to another show to take photos and talk to who ever would talk to us…or out for supper and a movie. Paul with his photographic memory could tell you where this photo was taken…his favorite saying is “Do you remember when?”
John was from Belmond also…he worked the wheel. We think he was only out on the show for one year. Wheel John.
Paul was the best man at our wedding. We see him from time to time, and if the phone rings you can bet you will be busy for an hour or so.
Paul in Owatonna Minnesota in 2005. We have met him there a couple of times and he has been up to visit and stay with us.
Paul and Popcorn go hand in hand. Many times he would stop by the joint and share his popcorn or just bring me my own container. Charlie knew the extra popcorn was for me. (Charlie had the Caramel Apple/Caramel Corn/Popcorn/Salted Peanut joint….popcorn was always free to the carnies.)
H and H Amusements was a big dream that he and Far Guy had. Far Guy got drafted and went into the Air Force and Paul had asthma so he wasn’t drafted. Paul would later buy a Fun House and a Rock-O-Plane and he traveled independently. He was married for a short time and has a daughter and a grandson. His daughter was out on the road for a summer or two working for Mitch Buxton. Eventually Paul outgrew his love of working on a carnival and went to work for a Sand and Gravel Company Driving Truck.
He has never outgrown his love of the carnival business or the ability to talk about it.