The alleged author of the adage “A sucker is born every minute” knew his audience. Barnum gave us the Figi Mermaid, Bearded Lady, and Tom Thumb who were the oddities that attracted hordes to his museums and traveling circuses. But Barnum himself was perhaps the greater oddity. Born in nearby Connecticut, Barnum began his meteoric rise in the entertainment business after moving to New York in 1834 and introducing his “Barnum’s Grand Scientific and Musical Theater” which led to a career as an author, politician, philanthropist, and, yes, showman. Unlike his latter-day New York showman, Phineas T. Barnum was not…

Vince Rizzo

Former president of the International Association of Laboratory Schools (IALS) and a founder of a charter school based on MI theory.

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