tales of a gypsy

Wanda Fox as drawn by Rolly Crump! Wanda is a tea leaf reader that can see into the future. She happens to be a collector of silly spirits that reside in tea cups that appears from inside her tent. In the Fair, she lifts a hat that reveals different items appearing from a table - a magic trick of sorts. Sketch Courtesy Rolly Crump and Source By Knott’s Preserved

Sarah Skunk In concept art form by Rolly Crump! Sarah is seen many times in the ride as she is one of the main Gypsies in Gypsy Camp. However, her focus to look into the future through her crystal ball is diverted by watching a western movie. In the fair, she levitates her crystal ball and even waves goodbye to riders as they leave Knott’s Bear-y Tales. Sketch Courtesy Rolly Crump and Source By Knott’s Preserved.


Some shots of the many and I mean MANY surviving props of the Knott’s Bear-y Tales ride that are still around today - there are more things besides what is in these shots. These images show the surviving characters of Zaz Owl, Wanda Fox, Madam Wong (currently being restored), Sarah Skunk, and a Bakery Bear. In 1987, an anonymous employee who worked for Knott’s retrieved many animatronics and props from the Bear-y Tales ride. Each character or prop was meant to be picked up by a ton of employees back in 1987. However, when the employees did not meet their deadline and procrastinated on picking up the pieces. My friend (anonymous employee) snagged so much of the ride and picked up every figure or prop you can imagine. However, certain ones stayed at Knott’s Berry Farm. Particularly, the main characters such as Boysen, Girlsen, Flapper, Razz, Elder, Crafty Coyote, Theda Bear, and some others. These guys that the anonymous employee wasn’t able to get had stayed at Knott’s to be a part of the Bear-y Tales Playhouse for many years until 1998. This is how Knott’s ended up with Razz, Elder, and that raccoon in the recent auction. The whereabouts of the other figures used for the Playhouse are currently unknown, but it is known that a few were used for Knott’s Scary Farm as mechanical skeletons for props in the mazes or decorated rides sadly. The good news is that the surviving props and animatronics that the anonymous employee garnered in 1987 have been kept safely. Today, a project known as Stack’s Liberty Ranch is protecting and preserving the surviving Rolly Crump pieces as we speak.

Daydreaming (18)

I dream of writing myself away 
on paper napkins flown as airplanes 
across valleys, between countries 
by the scent of a summer’s breeze.

Or perhaps on a letter in a bottle 
a love proclamation that sails the seas 
facing the might of hurricanes and tides 
a disconnected notion between severed heartbeats.

Better still, on aged parchment 
scripted by scribes or gypsy queens 
adventurous a tale of Becoming 
an orphaned heroine blessed in spirit.

Captured, the essence of living 
I dream of writing my life away 
a story that ropes together all 
in an escape from the every day.

Prog Singers and What I Associate Their Voices With
  • <p> <b><p></b> <b>Jon Anderson:</b> A forest nymph singing songs of old to the world around him<p/><b>Greg Lake:</b> An angel of death, he sounds sweet and elegant but he can wail and scream and many fear that power<p/><b>Peter Gabriel:</b> A Broadway star, with the big stories and big personality he is one to take the stage through his voice and charisma<p/><b>John Wetton:</b> A king, his voice demands power and power it has as well as wisdom and kindness behind the big booming sound<p/><b>Geddy Lee:</b> A Harpy, he screeches and wails but can sing the sweetest songs with the voice of a small song bird<p/><b>Roger Waters:</b> A ghost, he can sound pleasant and kind and can mean no harm but he whines and whimpers<p/><b>David Gilmour:</b> A story teller, he prunounciates words carefully and tells tales through the lyrics with a low but whimsical tone<p/><b>Syd Barrett:</b> A gypsy, he sings and sounds like he's having an adventure that could end up anywhere with his voice<p/></p><p/><b>Annie Haslam:</b> An elven queen, she sings like a woman of power and wisdom and knows her realms<p/></p>