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Memories of Ivan

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A collection of personal stories by those Ivan touched, in some way, during his life and especially his time at the B&I Circus store.

These stories are an important part of his legacy and provide a different perspective from Ivan's chronicles. Each submitted will be posted as received with only minimal editing. We hope you enjoy these stories as much as we do and we encourage you to send us your favorite memory of Ivan

I was hired as a manager at B & I Circus Store in 1964

August 24, 2020

I was there to welcome Ivan and Burma when they arrived. They lived with the Johnson family who brought them to the store daily. They were amazing little guys. Burma got ill and didn’t survive after several months of degrading illness. The Johnson’s and I took the little guys on promotional trips to Seattle. One…

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What a Remarkable Beautiful Creature He Was.

August 23, 2020

I’m 41 years old today, but when I was a little girl (age 8), I grew up in Tacoma and my mom worked at the B&I and sometimes she would bring me to work and I would see Ivan daily. He was so beautiful and so human-like. I had a really horrible childhood and I…

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