Happy National Elephant Day - A Ringling Brothers Tribute

Ringling Brothers 1976
Thank you to the Feld Family for a wonderful experience.

This piece comes from a performer who shared two years with the famous Circus, Ringling Bros. I first would like to state for the record that I was proud to be part of this wonderful Circus History of Ringling Bros. and give a heartfelt thank you to the Feld family for making this 146-year piece of history to be so magical for both the performers as well as their audiences across the U. S. As a kid growing up in the 60’s, it was a time when this type of live show that included the animal acts was accepted.

Although I do not believe that animals should be locked up in small cages, especially large lions, tigers, and bears, it is important that the truth be told from those that lived behind the scenes of the Red or Blue curtain about the way these animals were handled. I believe that nature does not dictate for man to control large wild animals, but many were raised since birth in a human habitat environment, and many would never survive in the wild after the wonderful care they received at Ringling. There may be more hunters either maiming animals or killing them for sport, food or jewelry in the wild, but these animals had a chance to live long healthy lives that made up a huge portion of these shows.

I had the honor of working beside one of the most famous lion tamers,” Gunther Gebel Williams,” Red Show Circuit, and it can be said that watching this man raise his own tigers, feeding them, caring for them and making sure they had everything they needed was a daily task, always done with the love and care, and clearly they adored this trainer. The two years I was employed by Ringling Bros. for the Bicentennial edition in 1976 and 1977 and had the opportunity to get to know the elephant I rode, the joy of our interaction daily was one I looked forward to. I would bring carrots and bread to him before the show and he always looked happy to see me, and no doubt this large animal knew who I was. The performers were witness to routine daily feeding, and weekly grooming of the elephants which included their love for bathing, and frolicking with large inner tube tires, truly a delight to watch.

Many of my fondest memories stem from running away with Ringling Bros. Circus at the age of 19, living on a train, and performing with different cultures from all over the world. The Feld family provided an exciting opportunity for those not born into the Circus world.

Many thanks to the Feld family for providing employment to so many talented performers and those that contributed behind the scenes. These shows will be missed by many. I am confident that the retiring animals will be well taken care of and doubtless will miss their loving caretakers and trainers.

Gina R
Published on January 16, 2017

The Proper Way To Spell Tinker Bell

Many have been confused as to how our favorite pixies name should be written. According to Disneyland’s website, it is “Tinker Bell” not “Tinkerbell” or “TinkerBell.”

If you would like further proof, this is an excerpt from the J.M. Barrie book Peter and Wendy, published in 1911.

Gina and I got into a debate about this because she WAS Tinker Bell for over 21 years and she had been writing her name down wrong all this time. Lol

For more info about Gina Rock, the longest flying Tinker Bell in Disneyland history, visit her website www.FlyingTinkerBell.org

Tink Launching Off The Matterhorn In Disneyland 1985

It took me a while to convince Gina to let me post this photo. She didn't want people seeing her behind. Lol
This is what it looked like to launch Gina off the Matterhorn for the nightly fireworks.
This is an excerpt from Disney's internal magazine Disneyland Line. It was published on August 22, 1985.

For more photos of Gina, visit her website www.FlyingTinkerBell.org

For an autograph photo of Gina as Tinker Bell, go HERE.
New Tinker Bell pin design is to honor all the flying Tinker Bells in Disneyland history. Order yours HERE

Looking For Photos Of Cast Members With Tink

(Gina with Pyrotechnic Technician Jim)

If there are any Cast Members out there that had a photo taken with Gina in her Tinker Bell costume from 1983-2005 send them my way so I can add them to her website www.FlyingTinkerBell.org
If you have any photos of her from wardrobe or just flying, that would be great too.
Please send photos to FlyingTink@yahoo.com
Gina With Tink Crew
Gina with Cast Member
Gina With Dan Walsh

Gina With Friends
Gina With Tink Crew
For an autograph photo of Gina as Tinker Bell, go HERE.

Gina Interviewed on Disney With Daddy And Daughter Podcast

Gina Rock, the longest flying Tinker Bell in Disneyland history, was interviewed on the Disney with Daddy and Daughter podcast. 

Published 9/7/18.
There was some issue with audio feedback toward the end that couldn't be helped.

To learn more about Gina visit her website www.FlyingTinkerBell.org

If you like the podcast, you can follow them on their Facebook and you can also get a pin.

Gina Rock's Dedication to Bob Yerkes

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...