Move over, Pope Francis. Tuffy the Clown is about to be Sedalia's 2013 person of the year. KIX 105.7 FM Morning DJ Rob Edwards in Sedalia was inspired by Time Magazine's annual tribute to an influential newsmaker to design a similar award for the person who's made the biggest impact on the town.
Thomas "Tuffy" Gessling has survived breaking 127 bones, having his jaw wired shut 52 times and being paralyzed for six hours -- all for the love of being a rodeo clown. But even the career of this 20-year rodeo veteran couldn't survive the national uproar after video of a clown wearing a Barack Ob ... More >>
Tuffy the Clown wants his life back. The rodeo clown's mask of President Barack Obama drew worldwide attention and criticism at the Missouri State Fair in August, but Thomas Gessling says it's time to set the record straight: He was never the man in the mask.
Update below: Mark Ficken, the announcer at the center of the Missouri State Fair rodeo scandal, did nothing wrong during the controversial Obama clown performance. That is according to the Boonville School District, which is today releasing findings of its investigation into Ficken, who is the dis ... More >>
Tuffy Gessling, the local rodeo clown at the center of the Missouri State Fair Obama mask scandal, now has more than 80,500 fans on Facebook -- and the time is right to capitalize on that audience. So says Collin Hughes, a Las Vegas man who created the hugely popular "Support Tuffy Gessling" Faceb ... More >>
The Missouri State Fair is over -- but concerns over the infamous rodeo clown performance are not. The fair ended on Sunday after a full week of nonstop media coverage -- coming from all over the country -- about a clown who put on an Obama mask and performed a skit involving a bull chasing and ru ... More >>
Tuffy Gessling, the rodeo clown at the center of the Missouri State Fair controversy, has developed a large online following, as we noted earlier this week. Turns out, his celebrity was only just beginning and has since skyrocketed -- in the last few days earning him praise from high-profile pundits ... More >>
It's been four days since the controversial performance of a Missouri State Fair rodeo clown dressed as Obama -- but the condemning statements and the calls for investigations continue to roll in. Yesterday, we reported that Mark Ficken, the announcer during the stunt who alleges he was not behind ... More >>
Tuffy Gessling, the rodeo clown who put on an Obama mask at the Missouri State Fair and delivered a performance that has sparked a national outcry, has developed a large following of online defenders from all over the country. As of last night, Gessling has added about 500 new Facebook friends on hi ... More >>
Mark Ficken, the announcer caught up in the Missouri State Fair Obama clown scandal this week, has resigned as president of the Missouri Rodeo Cowboy Association. After news broke on Sunday about a rodeo clown in an Obama mask participating in a skit featuring a bull chasing the president, Ficken, ... More >>
On Saturday at the Missouri State Fair, a rodeo clown put on a mask of the president's face while an announcer repeatedly made taunting remarks, asking if anyone would like to see Obama run down by a bull. The crowd went wild. This is the story from one outraged attendee who shared his account - ... More >>
Mark Ficken, president of the Missouri Rodeo Cowboy Association and a fair announcer caught up in a major scandal this weekend, is pushing back against reports that he made offensive remarks about a bull running down a rodeo clown wearing an Obama mask. As we reported this morning, the Missouri Stat ... More >>
The rodeo clown behind the Obama stunt over the weekend that has sparked national outrage has been banned from ever participating in or performing at the Missouri State Fair again, officials announced this afternoon. In case you haven't been following the drama, a rodeo clown in an Obama mask appe ... More >>
Blue Rodeo, basking in the sunCanadian rockers Blue Rodeo are playing at Blueberry Hill's Duck Room tonight as part of Twangfest. Magnolia Summer, These United States and Ray Wylie Hubbard are also on the bill. The show starts at 8 p.m. and it's $20. BR hasn't been in St. Louis for many moons ... More >>
Jason and the Scorchers highlight Twangfest 14.Twangfest, the annual celebration of all shades of roots-rock, confirmed its line-up today. The four-day fest takes place on June 9-12 this year. Highlights include the reunited Nashville twang-punks Jason and the Scorchers, Canadian rockers Blue ... More >>
An exciting email passed my way this week, news that the catalog of I.R.S. Records -- the label known for bringing R.E.M., the Go-Go's, Oingo Boingo and a ton more '80s and '90s acts to the masses -- will be available digitally for the first time. Says the press release:Beginning February 10 and con ... More >>
Kings of Leon's set at the Pageant last night wasn't just a stark reminder of the band's consistency as a live act. It also showcased the depth of band's back catalog: The quartet blazed through 21 songs from its four full-length albums during a 90-minute set. The good news is that Kings of Leon sti ... More >>
If you were in the St. Louis metro area over the Labor Day holiday, you didn't have much of an excuse not to go out at least once over the three-day weekend. There was a lot happening, and here's what you may have missed. McCain-Palin Rally in O'Fallon Slide Show Republican presidential nominee Jo ... More >>
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