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Joshua Zack

Location: West
Worked for 2 years.
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The best thing about working with conklin shows is that you got to meet alot of great people, and the staff partys.

Joshua Zack a.k.a. Bakersfield

Circuit: Canada's Conklin Shows
Location: Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton, Regina, thunder bay, Toronto
Worked from 2001 until 2004 for 4 years.
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Conklin shows was my first job. I started when I was fourteen years old at candyland concession which was owned by the conklins. One day I was working and two kids walk in the door. I was gearing up to kick them out but the boss told me that they were the Conklin kids. So I asked why are they not at home in school. I was told that there was a mobile school that travelled with us. I thought to myself " now that's the life" . I got thinking really hard and decided when I turn sixteen I'm traveling too. And I did. It was the best years of my life I met so many great friends. And I fell in love with Canada's most beautiful countryside, seen so many wonderful things. I was even in the Toronto newspaper because of the week long blackout that shut down the show for a wile. When I met my first girlfriend I convinced her to travel with me ( not very hard). We ended up In winnepeg a for the start of the Canada tour, we had such a good time together mabee too much because when we got to Edmonton where our home is she told me she was pregnant!!! That was the last time I worked for the carnival ( no offense) haha. I would like to thank Conklin shows for the best time of my life and mabee contributing to the birth of my daughter. We named her DESTINY because whatever you do in life happens for a reason. We now have a little boy named Tyler and soon we are to be married. So thank you, thank you, thank you I couldnt be happier.

Robert Zelko a.k.a. zelko

Circuit: Canada's Conklin Shows
Location: bancroft
Worked from 1982 until 1993 for 11 years.
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worked for dobco enterprises for all those years

Paul Zink

Location: American
Worked from 1999 until 1999.
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border guards in bad mood @ crossing time (denied)

Wayne Zloty

Location: West
Worked for 9 years.
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First, I would like to thank Mr Thurston for giving me this opportunity to to share some the very fond memories that I have of the years that I spent working on a Conklin midway. I started working for Mr. Bob Cassata, (the owner of Bob's Space Racers) in 1973. I spent several years working for the Cassata family. They were some the best, as well as some of the hardest times of my life. I can remember how Bob and I would have a blow out one night.(Wayne is fired) And then how I would get woken up with a pail of ice water the next morning. Bob would be standing there (with that little smile on his face) yelling at me, get your ass back to work and get your f****ing joint open. Your going to miss lot call. He would throw my key ring back at me(oh how proud I was to carry even that small partial key ring) and off to work I would go. Just another day on the lot. I'm not sure that Bob knows how big of an impact that he had on my young life. Mr. Bob Cassata (and several other lot bosses) taught me life lessons that I still very much use in my day to day life today. I will always be grateful to you Bob. You took the time to teach a lost young man, and to help him find his way in life. Thanks for not giving up on me Bob, I will never forget it. I remember with great fondness, Bob's wife Joyce and both of their terrific daughters, the youngest Karen,(The little wild one. Hehehe) and of course their first born Glenda. Glenda and her now husband, Fred (or as we all knew him, Punky) were already very much involved in the business by the time I first met them. I miss them all very much. I like to think of my early year's with the show, as the good old day's. The day's before there were so many rules and regulations from outside sources that had to be considered. When I started on the lot, the general rule of thought was let's work hard and make a lot of money, so that we could play just as hard when we were off duty. And play hard we did. Hehehe. They were great times. We worked and played pretty well around the clock. Yet, no one seemed to really run out of gas. Oh, there were some pretty hard lot calls to get open for some mornings. But, the show had to go on. And that's the way everyone seemed to look at things. We did what we had to do, to make sure the that all the joint's and rides were open. Everyday, no matter what. If someone needed help, then help he or she got help. Usually, by mid afternoon everyone was back on their game. We were all ready to get a tip built in front of the joint. It would be dark soon. It was time to have some fun with the marks while they threw their money at us. It was great. I loved being a mike man, and I think I was a pretty good one. Back in my day. (Hey my friend Richie from the Bronx N.Y. do you remember me?) It was a time when we were continually trying new things out on the midway. I remember the first night that I decided to turn off the brite white fluorescent lights in my joint.(At that time I was still running Bob's old, slow, horse race game) I tried using the black-lights only. I still remember Bob running over and frantically wanting to know what went wrong with the lights. He was so mad at me.(again hehe) But you know what? It was the still the the early 70's and black-lights were in. By the next night several of the joints on the midway were running black-lights only. (Even Bob in his brand new water game) It was a gimmick that had a short life span, but it still made us a few bucks for a little while. That was the great thing about the lot. It was something new every day. It's funny. When one starts to remember all the great times I had on the lot I feel like I could go on and on. I'll give you all a break though, and I wont. I finished up my last couple of years on the midway working for Don & Mary Larson who ran several six arrows & pea games for Conklin. I also consider Don as a mentor in my life. As I said, there were several lot bosses that had a great influence in my life, and Don is another man that I have a great respect for. Don taught me many other life lessons. I remember that both Don and I shared a passion for gambling at the time.(Don is a great pro gambler) It used to get both of us in some trouble with Jimmy Conklin from time to time. LOL. I remember one year in Edmonton. Jimmy had banned us from leaving the lot to gamble, and of course we weren't allowed to gamble on the midway. We had to buy two way radios and set up the lawn chairs behind the scenery on the roof of a joint that was facing the horse racing track. Don would sit up there on the roof of that joint with his binoculars and radio me his bets over to the track. I would bet the same horses as Don, and we would both be making money. Hehehehe. That was until Jimmy caught us and fined both of us.(Don's was a lot more than mine) Hehehe. Good Times. I will always hold Don & Mary and their two daughters near and dear to my heart. It would be impossible to mention all the wonderful people that I can remember from the numerous shows that I worked for Conklin midways. I would just like to say that I miss you all. If anyone out there remembers me and would like to get in touch. My e-mail address is zhawk101@shaw.ca. I would love to hear from any of the old gang. In closing, I would just like to say to all of the Alumni members of the Conklin family. WALK IN...WALK IN TO WIN..... I love and miss you all. Wayne Zloty

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