A few years back a neighbor of mine, Amy, stopped by while I was cycling in front of the house. She was psyched to see someone on one wheel; it brought back good vibes thinking of her grandfather, Franklin Paul Rogers. This past week she sent me a really cool photo of her granddad riding on one wheel in Norfolk, VA. He would fit right in here in Asheville in 2012!
He began unicycling in the carnival in the late 1920’s where he also was an acrobat. He then got into tattooing and was called the Tattoo man on the Happyland Shows carnival. He met my grandmother there. She was a snake charmer.