Weird News Central: Giant Honors For Giant Man
Famed sideshow giant Al Tomaini, pictured here with his legless wife Jeanie, is being honored with a monument in Gibsonton, Florida.
Friday, April 23, 2010 16:15 GMTGIBSONTON, Fla. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) Once upon a time, it wasnt so unusual to walk down the streets of Gibsonton, Florida, and meet a bearded lady, a three-legged man, and Priscilla the Monkey Girl.
The little fishing village outside Tampa is famous as the longtime winter home of traveling circuses. Among the 8,000 residents were performing dwarfs, giants, and many sideshow stars.
AOL Senior Correspondent Buck Wolf says most of Gibsontons famous residents are dead and gone, including the world-famous Lobster Boy.
But now, a group of old time carnies and retired clowns are honoring their past. Theyre erecting a huge monument to 8- foot-4 giant Al Tomaini, the towns former fire chief.
Wolf says, Al had a 2-foot-8 legless wife named Jeanie. They toured as the Worlds Most Unusual Married Couple and owned a little restaurant here. They really were Gibsontons version of a happy man and wife living the American dream.© Copyright 2010 Wireless Flash News Inc