Reading through the sad but beautifully written eulogy/obituary of Ken MacManus by Samanatha Cartmel (John Darnell's girlfriend. John also contributed to the piece), I cannot begin to explain how strange it feels to have arrived at this time. I was shocked at the feeling of losing someone who was a big part of my growing up. These people seem somehow eternal. Ken was a dear friend of my parents' back when they ran their own circus in the late '70s and early '80s. Ken was part of the Mohawks riding act and later became our ringmaster.