UPDATE, 4/7/16: 4:40 pm, PST: Yes, what first appeared below, yesterday, and then was rebutted, turns out to have been true, thank you Barry Lipton. Documents discovered, Covington shared and confirmed.
First posted yesterday:
A crusher, this just in from Barry Lipton. The show's Deland winter quarters up for sale. The price tag: $350.000.
And my heart sank. Even I was holding out. And you, too? Tomorrow never dies --- until l it dies.
Go there if you wish:
Know what? I am genuinely depressed. This marks the passing of a great and durable and classy American big top we are likely never to see again.
Remember 1956? So, too, may they one day remember 2016: Ringling retired the elephants. Cole retired itself.
Pray that's all there is to come this season.
And hold onto your old tapes and movies.
(***) Okay, just another hopelessly strained theory: Maybe Johnny is putting up the winter-quarters to raise money and planning to produce without such a home base.
Yes, I know. Send for the clowns in white to usher me out.