For those of you who do not know, Bob Yerkes was a stuntman and aerialist. He was the stuntman for Boba Fett in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983). He first discovered Gina during a gymnastics tournament when she was in high school. He offered to train her in the ways of a circus performer. In more recent years you can see him as Cardinal Guidera in Angels & Demons (2009). He was the priest hanging by his arms above the raging fire.
This photo was taken in his backyard which is full of rigging, trampolines, tightropes, and other equipment aerialists would use. He has trained many actors and stunt performers.
Upon her retirement from flying, Gina gave Bob this photo of her as Tinker Bell with the plaque that reads;
“In Appreciation to
For My Wonderful Circus Career
To learn more about Gina Rock and her time before and after her life as Tinker Bell, visit her website HERE.
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My name is Gina Rock. I was an aerialist in multiple circuses throughout the '70s and early '80s until I started flying as Tinker Bell during Disneyland's nightly fireworks show in 1983. I became the longest flying Tinker Bell in Disneyland history when I hung up my wings in 2005. My public Relations Manager, Joshua Shaffer, runs my blog and website for me. Feel free to send an email if you have any questions for me. Visit my website to see more photos, listen to interviews, or to get an autographed photo. www.FlyingTinkerBell.org
I met Bob Yerkes at my High School gym; Cleveland High School in the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles County; right about 1973. I was on the...
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