The women in Betty’s family were florists. They heard about a contest on the radio where you won groceries for the best decorated hat. Mom won more that once and so did Aunt Edna, her aunt.

This started a long adoration, for my Mom, of Frank Wizardi, I’m not sure about the spelling of his name, who later became a famous clown in Kansas City called Whizzo. He was in the American Royal Rodeo parade a lot when I was little and we would have to leave very early in the morning so Mom could get a good position on the parade route so she could yell and wave at Whizzo!

Please let me know if you have any stories or photos of the hat competition or Whizzo. I think it would be fun to write a coffee table book about Whizzo. What do you think?