William Heckler

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The Hecklers are arguably the most famous family in fleas since Signor Bertolotto. William Heckler, born in 1870, started in show business as a circus strong man with shows like John Robinson, Sells Brothers Circus and Adam Forepaugh. In approximately 1901 William took over an Orlando, Florida Flea Theater, hanging up his strongman's tights forever. In 1915 Heckler published his often copied pamphlet PULI-COLOGY which explained the science of training fleas, and was sold at his shows for many years.