SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL - “Grandma” was the best known and most beloved clown in New York’s prize-winning Big Apple Circus. With a grey curly wig, a string of beads, and a lumpy red dress, she was someone special to audiences of millions.

But she wasn’t a she: she was a he, Barry Lubin, a clown who spent years refining the character and became a good friend when this gringo worked with that circus. Reflecting on it, Grandma could just as well have been a woman – most grandmas are.

Perhaps I’m dim, but the question of Grandma . . .

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