Thanks Richard, for including my note about Sealo in the lastest issue.
Readers should know he was a stand-up person, and real show people.
He would tell me stories about the early days of Coney Island, when he and Al Flosso knew each other.
He saw Houdini, but told me, "Just a regular guy."
When Sealo and magician Fred "Manipolo" Harris were on the Ringling Brothers Circus Sideshow, they had a bet of who could________in each new city, and Sealo usually won.
A performer who did his act for almost half a century, he was a smart, knowing person, fondly remembered by those who knew him.
In the 1970's, when the state of Florida tried to enact a law banning sideshows with attractions like himself, he testified and fought against it, maintaining his right and ability to earn his living and live the life he enjoyed, which took him across the U.S.A., and to different countries....options that would have been otherwise unavailable, for Sealo and his fellow performers.
(A matter of perspective: 50 years ago, future Supreme Court Justice, Sandra Day O'Connor, with her law degree from Stanford University, was turned away by law firms, telling her why she couldn't/shouldn't work as an attorney for them, because she was a woman .)