Subject: Ultimate Showman
From: Christopher W. Thomas (
Date: Fri Jan 29, 1999 at 1:09PM

A prominent man was born here in eighteen ten

Not even fifteen minutes away from where I pen
Who, at sixty years, established his claim to fame
Forever becoming etched in history with his name

... Enscribed upon practically every U.S. circus erected
As "The Greatest Show on Earth" came to be respected
The man, of course, was named Phineas Taylor Barnum
... Who later merged his show with Bailey's (no harm done)

For the strength of the following of each doubled with this step
Making an even greater collaboration with even more pep ...
And thus - establishing a reputation with a massive following
Which, to this day ... others have emulated by their borrowing

But, no matter how many others have come along in its wake
The name of P.T. Barnum will live forever in this here state ...
For Bethel is so proud of the man who was born in their town
A massive statue of him sits right in the middle of the round

Which residents there pass day after day after day after day
Stopping every once in a while to admire his feet of clay
And remembering the showman who brought alive the circus
Putting their town on the map for eternity with great purpose

- Tristram

Christopher W. Thomas
12:47pm Friday, Jan. 29th, 1999