Today is the birthday of Noah Orr (1836-1882). Standing 7′ 3″ in stocking feet (but nine feet in his military boots and hat), he went to work for P.T. Barnum’s American Museum in the 1850s and later worked for Barnum’s circus, touring Europe as well as the United States. During his last four years he traveled with the Lilliputian Opera Company, a troupe of little people, in their production of Jack the Giant Killer. He is buried in his hometown of Marysville, Ohio.
To find out more about show business past and present, consult No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous, available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and wherever nutty books are sold.