Many McLean County residents developed varied skills and talents that they used in the field of entertainment.
Food service workers, whether cooks, wait staff, processors, or delivery or management personnel, all helped feed hungry residents, as well as travelers.
Warren Miller, (1926 – 1991), Steak 'n Shake worker
A few of McLean County residents used their creative energies to provide entertainment to a broad audience.
Arthur Wilson “Bob” Tucker, (1914 – 2006), writer
Charles “Old Hoss” Radbourn, (1854 – 1897), Baseball player
Troupes of circus performers arrived in Bloomington as early as the 1860s. It wasn’t long afterwards that area youth began careers as trapeze artists.
Fred Green, (1858 – 1897), aerialist circus performer
Howard Green, (1867 – 1952), aerialist circus performer
Harry Green, (1867 – 1952), aerialist circus performers
George Valentine, (1898 – 1955), aerialist circus performer
Lorraine Mather Valentine, (1914 – 1987), aerialist circus performer
Talented McLean County vocalists have entertained locally and regionally. A few have found themselves on the international stage.
Marie Eugenia von Elsner (AKA Marie Litta), (1856 – 1883), vocalist