In 1970 we (Far Guy, Paul and I) took him under our wing. He wasn’t old enough to drink although I think he may have enjoyed a beer or two. None of us were habitual drinkers…we would occasionally have something. No drugs. So we were probably a good influence on Bruce. He started out as the second man on the Scrambler. He worked hard…we all did.
He watched and learned everything he could about every ride there was. He sometimes strung wire for Kenny (the show electrician). He lived and breathed the Carnival Business.
The Carnival was his life, it seemed for a long time that he was married to it. In later years he met Kathy and got married and they had two children, born and raised out on the road during the summer. Kathy had a couple of joints…a Shoot the Star Out, Cork Guns and Speed Ball. Bruce was the Ride Superintendent he was busy in Winter Quarters in the early spring, worked all Summer and Fall and come home a few months in the Winter.
Kathy, Bruce with Makayla, Far Guy with Savannah 1997 in Barnesville Minnesota.
Front and center is the brand new Carousel, a million dollar ride made by the Chance Ride Company. Barnesville Minnesota 1997.
Far Guy says: Pocahontas Iowa tearing down the Scrambler, and a cop came by and told me to call my Mother In Law. I found out that my good friend Danny Hawks had died in a car accident. I was upset, started grabbing the pig iron by myself and tossing it into the truck… Bruce and Paul were having a hard time keeping up with me. We got the Scrambler tore down in record time that night. Bruce told Paul “I don’t think I am going to like that guy.”
Bruce worked for Merriam’s Midway Shows until a couple of years ago. He and his wife are now with a different show. So we have not seen them in two years.
Far Guy and Bruce in August 2006 Owatonna Minnesota.