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Clark, Bobby (16 June 1888–12 February 1960), clown, was born Robert Edwin Clark in a church rectory (his grandfather was the church sexton) in Springfield, Ohio, the son of Victor Brown Clark, a railroad conductor, and Alice Marilla Sneed. His father died when Bobby was six. As a young boy Clark sang in the church choir and played the bugle. His fascination with outlandish costumes, which became one of his theatrical trademarks, was apparent at an early age. When he was in the fourth grade Bobby met Paul McCullough, four years his senior, and a close friendship was formed that lasted over thirty-five years. The two boys soon put together a bugling and tumbling act that they performed at the local YMCA. Clark and McCullough’s act was received so favorably by the residents of the area that, at the ages of seventeen and twenty-one, respectively, they decided to embark upon a career in show business. They began to place advertisements in various theatrical publications. The response was favorable and Clark and McCullough, as they now called themselves, were hired by a minstrel troupe as tumblers, buglers, and handymen, with a combined weekly salary of twenty-five dollars. They were on their way....

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Pickens, Slim (29 June 1919–08 December 1983), rodeo performer and motion picture and television character actor, was born in Kingsburg, California, the son of Louis Bert Lindley, Sr., a dairy farmer, and Sally Mosher.

Pickens’s real name was Louis Bert Lindley, Jr. He acquired his pseudonym and professional identification when he joined the rodeo circuit at a young age, given in various sources as thirteen or sixteen, after leaving high school in Hanford, California. His father opposed the move, saying after Pickens’s first performance that he did not want to see the family name on a rodeo program again. Determined to join the rodeo anyway, young Lindley pondered what name to use until a colleague suggested “Slim Pickens,” “ ’cause that’s shore what your prize money’ll be.” He continued to use the name throughout his professional career in rodeo and in acting....