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Theodore H Svertesky
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Ted Svertesky

Jun. 27, 1954 - Jan. 13, 1994


Born in Connecticut at a very early age Theodore H Svertesky took an interest in the circus, especially the circus elephants. As a child he would talk about it, dream about it and build circus models. At age thirteen Ted ran away from home to join a circus only to be returned the following day by his parents. Four year later at age seventeen he joined a circus again and this time it was for good.

Ted started off doing any job that no one else wanted to do just to work with the elephants. He took advantage of any opportunity that came about to learn from the best animal trainers in the business, Buckles Woodcock, Fred Logan and others.

By 1994 Ted was at the top of his profession, he had headed the Ringling Elephant Farm, a research and breeding facility Williston, fl. and now was presenting the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus elephant act in the show.

On January 13 1994 tragedy struck. The Ringling show opened in Tampa, Fl then moved to St Peterburg, Fl.. After St Peterburg the show was enroute to Orlando. At 9:08, in the morning due to a broken wheel 16 cars derailed of which 5 cars turned on there side. In the accident two people lost their lives, Ceslee Conkling, 28 a young circus clown and 40 year old Ted Svertesky.0

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Ringling Bros Circus train wreck.

Jan 13, 1994

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