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Allan Patterson a.k.a. Arcade Al

Circuit: Bicycle Unit
Location: Brantford
Worked from 1979 until 1980 for 2 years.
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Last man standing all the real techs quit I did 2 season s vplus the ill fated Dominican republic adventure in Dec '79

Scott Pearson

Location: West
Worked for 1 year.
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I loved my summer, I was working with my father.

Rob Penner

Location: West
Worked for 6 years.
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I first started working for a gentleman named Lance from the Northern Lights unit. That was in Winnipeg in 1990. I ran the paratrooper in Winnipeg and Calgary. After Calgary the paratrooper went no further. During this time I had met some of the guys from the Western Roadshow and expressed my desire to continue on. So in turn I was taken aboard and went on to work on the Rotor under Al Rankin. It was a great time and enjoyed the atmosphere of it all. I continued on for 1991 and 1992. During that time my main ride was the Rotor but I also dabbled on a few other rides along the way. I will always remember what John John had told me and I quote "LEARN WITH YOUR EYES!" That was the best thing I was ever told cause it really did help to learn the setup and operation of multiple rides. During the fall of 1992 my first son was born and some of you may have seen him in the uniform office as a little tyke. This was the end of my traveling and I came out for Winnipeg in 93,94 and 95. Met a great bunch of people during my time spent with conklin. I even witnessed some scary moments with some accidents but all turned out. I would just like to thank Conklin for the opportunity I was given to take in this lifestyle and work. If anyone out there remembers me give me a hollar at howl_67@hotmail.com ..Hope to hear from some great people.

Scott Pennington

Location: Little Rock only
Worked from 1981 until 1984.
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George Penwarn

Location: West
Worked from 1978 until 1978.
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I was hired with a small group of applied communications students out of Mount Royal College in Calgary to travel with the antique carnival that was unveiled at the Calgary Stampede and moved on to the Ex in Toronto. It was an amazing collection of antique rides that I remembered from when I was a kid. The caterpillar is one that stands out in mind as well as a very old merry go round that I believe was over 100 years old. We arrived in Toronto for a round of publicity and during the ex We walked around the midway putting on small vaudeville type shows for the crowds. It was a great job and I enjoyed the life of a carnie if only for a few months that summer. I learned a lot from the permanent employees that made Conklin Shows their life...It was an honourable profession that they took great pride in. I have a great Conklin watch that has stayed with me over the years....Conklin Shows, Matchless Magnificance.

DJ Pepin a.k.a. the original blinkee boy

Location: West
Worked from 1995.
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My career started with my "uncle phil" getting me a job at the shop in Brantford for the summer when I was 16. There I assited Bernie and Russel Airdrie doing carpentry work at the shop. On weekends and sometimes during the week they would send us out to do ride rentals maybe for a day or two. An eye opening experience, for someone who never had a real job before then. The following two summers I helped out on the g-wheel, working with Yonkers and Mike Bangle. Getting a true taste for the life, that I would later come to love. After a two year hiatus I started helping out Scoot with e-tickets and building some of the boxes used for that system (maybe that's why they don't work). I continued for three more years after that doing e-tickets and ticket office stuff. Along the way I met my current girlfriend who we now have a beautiful little boy Caeden. Along with Norma I also met too numerous of friends to mention, you all know who you are. I am very thankful to all those who had the patience to work with me and teach me. Most of all the best boss in the world - SCOOTER, who taught me more then he knows. Thanks.

Mary Jane Perrine

Circuit: Canada's Conklin Shows
Worked from 1957.
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In 1957 I was nine years old when we went to spend the summer travailing with the show, we though it was great, Mom not so much, My father played at the green door. My older brother worked at the fat Lady show selling tickets. I worked at the Lash Lure show singing, after one of the girls got married and left the show. I can't recall if my too younger brothers did anything besides playing around, my mom worked at a ice cream stand. Is any one around from that time? love to here from you!

John Perry

Location: West / East
Worked for 6 years.
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Working with Conklin and Worlds Finest Show is a big responsibility but you can meet lot of different people and learn lots about the carnival

Doug Petersen

Location: West, CNE
Worked from 1989 until 1990.
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Had A Great time

Tim Phelps

Location: Puerto Rico
Worked from 1979 until 1979.
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I worked for my Uncle, Mike Neighbors, running the Bavarian Slide that sat along the back wall of Roberto Clemente Stadium in Puerto Rico in 1979. Working in PR was quite an experience, certainly one I will never forget. The people on the show were all great and hard working individuals. After PR, we went on to Venezuela and lost everything there after several riots and chaos. I had worked with other shows such as Harper Amusement, Johnnies United Shows, and a couple of independents before we joined up with Conklin Shows. I had grown up in a show family but decided to become a mark when I became an adult. I currently teach Business courses in two different universities. I often use my experiences from my show days to teach economic theory, business strategies, etc...

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