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the Virtual Sideshow

Of


Meeky


The World's Strangest-Little Boy

(Created to educate and entertain, the information gathered herein has been assembled from several sources)


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MEEKY: THE WORLD'S STRANGEST LITTLE BOY

*SEE*
The ARTIFACTS!

*WATCH*
A SLIDE SHOW OF MEEKY'S RETURN!

*READ*
A RARE SAMPLE OF MEEKY'S WRITING!

*HEAR*
A GENUINE MEEKY GRIND TAPE!

*DISCOVER*
MEEKY'S FAVOURITE TREAT!

MEEKY IS HERE!


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At the Freak-A-Rama. 1958 photographer unknown


A brief guide for your edification

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There is virtually no physical evidence of Meeky's existence. All artifacts and images reproduced on this site have been created for the Meeky Project and are based on conjecture, anecdotes and the very rare glimpse of actual relics or writing samples in private collections. Every effort has been made to ensure verisimilitude.



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Meeky is Here!, 1958. canvas banner, Buddy Campbell Studios




Meeky: A Fragmentary History


In the late 1950s The World’s Strangest Little Boy was a sideshow sensation. He had singular physical characteristics. An unusually large forehead, eyes set far apart and a very wide mouth. His hair only grew upward and was kept in place with a clip at the top. Refusing to cut his toenails, they grew so long that he could not wear shoes.

Most astounding was his ability to jump flea-like, straight into the air, catching bounced balls before their descent.

Meeky, accompanied by Papash (either his father or guardian), emigrated from Hungary to Toronto, Canada in the mid 1950s. After a brief period they moved again to Allentown, Pennsylvania. It has been suggested that Papash, formerly a physicist at a research facility near the Romanian border, was searching for an old colleague.



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Meeky is Here! (entrance banner), 1958. canvas banner, Buddy Campbell Studios


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Meeky (Atomic Oddity), 1958. canvas banner, Buddy Campbell Studios



Although unable to speak, Meeky communicated through writing. Home schooled by Papash, he spelt most words phonetically. He was plagued with hallucinations or visions and often referred to them in his writings. His favourite treat was mixed nuts and he would bond with anyone offering them.

He prized a red, white and blue sponge rubber ball and would demonstrate his jumping abilities to catch it until the point of exhaustion. For Meeky the ball (especially when in motion) had metaphoric significance. In his writings Meeky would say of mean-spirited people that they "spin badly."



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Meeky's favourite treat



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Meeky's Famous Ball, private collection, Gibsonton, Florida
(This is the actual ball)






It is not known whether Papash died or abandoned Meeky but soon afterward Meeky resurfaced as a sideshow performer. Originally showcasing his amazing jumping skills it was quickly discovered that what really drew the crowds was Meeky's strangely eloquent written responses to comments and questions posed by the rubes. A resulting banner proclaimed that Meeky "SEES MORE THAN YOU OR I." Perhaps because of this some people believed him to be a holy avatar while others believed him to be in league with the devil while others still, considered him to be a godless Soviet experiment.

Soon thereafter Meeky vanished into history.




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Publicity Photo with documentation, private collection, Sarasota, Florida



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Pitch Card, private collection, Sarasota, Florida




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Pitch Item (paddle ball), private collection, Gibsonton, Florida



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