Skooter reporting 04/09/12
Floyd "Creeky" Creekmore the 95-year-old former Montana rancher recently named the oldest performing clown in the world, though he has fewer magic tricks up his oversized sleeves than he once did. Several years ago he gave up juggling after a stroke, and has long since parked the home-made bicycle he once included into his acts.
Creeky the clown returns to life, when the Shrine Circus comes through Billings, where he lives with his 96-year-old wife, Betty.
There are others have laid claim to the title of world’s oldest clown, like the likes of Oleg, the 81-year-old member of the Moscow Circus, Popov and “Bumbo” Beyer of Santa Ana, Calif., who was widely known as the oldest until his retirement three years ago at the age of 91.
But it remains that Creekmore had a 20-month advantage all along, clowning away in his low-key style in eastern Montana. Creekmore was declared by the Guinness World Records as the world’s oldest performing clown in February after friends applied on his behalf.
His colleagues and family members says Creekmore has began to slow down, though he gives no sign of ending his interrupted performances.
"Even if his body is telling him no, his mind won't stop," said grandson Tom McCraw.
Source: AP/Komo News