Today is the birthday of Carl Norwood (1939-1976). He was born with a dwarfish condition, with tiny, twisted limbs. Billed as “the Frog Boy” or “the Frog Man” he worked for most of his career as part of a small show with “the Quarter Man”, Dick Hilburn. When Hilburn passed away in 1971, Norwood worked initially as a Single-O under the management of Hilburn’s widow, then an additional two years with Ward Hall’s side show. He was retired in Atlanta when he passed away at the age of 37.
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