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Clown hauled in for old $25 jay-walking ticket

Clown hauled in for old $25 jay-walking ticket

March 16, 1962: Cymbol Pathetique, the clown, is escorted to the Wilshire Division police station by Officer Al Hogan for failing to post bail on an old $25 jay-walking ticket.

In the March 17, 1962, Los Angeles Times, writer Art Berman reported:

Poor old Cymbol Pathetique, the elegant harlequin clown, was quietly watering the flower in his buttonhole Friday afternoon when his world of happy sadness turned to plain misery.

Cymbol, who roams around the country entertaining children in hospitals and institutions, was standing at Fairfax Ave. and Wilshire Blvd. and “relying on the generosity of my fellow men to help support my mission in life.”

“I suppose,” said Cymbol, lifting his top hat to show a chalk-white scalp, “you could say I was begging.”

That’s exactly what Officer Al Hogan thought when he happened on the scene.

“And what have we here?” said Officer Hogan. “And on the eve of St. Paddy’s Day too.”

“Just a humble clown, sir,” said Cymbol, who is also known as Larry Evers, 42. “I’m soliciting money for charity.”

“So it seems,” said Office Hogan. “Tis sad, but that’s illegal, and I shall have to check your record.”

In a few minutes, Officer Hogan learned that Cymbol was a wanted man – he had left town last year without posting bail on a jay-walking ticket.

So down to the Wilshire Division station house it was, with Officer Hogan escorting the clown, and Cymbol waving a wilting rose and collapsing cane.

Cymbol posted $25 bail and put on a brief show for a handful of policemen and prisoners before going free.

The clown said he used to be a Broadway dancer and then became a Trappist monk. But neither profession worked out well, so he decided to combine his love of performing and religion.

The result was Cymbol, “a classic but slap-stick clown who begs so he can entertain children, ” he said.

“I bring the kids what they don’t have – joy and laughter, life and happiness. I’m elegant but stupid, and they love my failures.”

“They say, ‘Oh, there’s someone as miserable as I am.’ “

“So true, so true,” said Cymbol, and his rose wilted almost completely.

For the next two days, Cymbol was in the Los Angeles Times. On March 17th he again was arrested for begging – making it two arrests in two days.

The March 19th, 1962, Los Angeles Times reported Cymbol was put up in the Statler Hotel for the night by bail bondsman August Nardoni:

Pathetique showed his appreciation by putting on a private performance for the bail bondsman in his office. …

Pathetique squirted something called Dragon’s Breath out of a small bottle into the flame of a lighted candle. After the flash, Nardoni rubbed the singed hair on his hand and said he preferred a simple “thank you.”

“I’m sorry,” said Pathetique with a pathetique smile.”

After that last quote, Cymbol Pathetique disappeared from the pages of the Los Angeles Times. An April 23, 1977, Associated Press article out of Louisville, Ky., reports Larry Evers, then 57, was still traveling and performing for children as a clown.

This photo by staff photographer Nelson Tiffany accompanied Art Berman’s story in the March 17, 1962, Los Angeles Times.

scott.harrison@latimes.com

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