I received a note from Fred Pfening III last night telling of his father passing away at about 8:20 last evening. He'll let us know about the arrangements later.
Mr. Pfening's love of the circus brought him into ownership in 1955 when he took out the Fred J. Mack Circus. His primary business has been operating in Columbus, Ohio and is still run by his son Fred III.
Mr. Pfening as many of you know had been the Editor of the Circus Historical Society's incredible journal, the Bandwagon. This was a position he cherished for nearly 50 years. He took the CHS from the days of a small 5 x 7 mimeographed paper to the folds that it has become today. Mr. Pfening had a slight heart attack back in May then fell at his home and broke his hip. He went in for surgery and remained in rehab up until just recently.
I have had the great priviledge to have served on the Board of Trustees of the Circus Historical Society with him for the last three years. He was a true scholar and a gentleman. He was working on the last issue of the Bandwagon that was sent out when he became ill and his son, Fred III finished the Bandwagon amongst everything else and had it published and mailed.
We have lost one of the leading Circus Historians of our times. Farewell Good man, Farewell!