Flashback: Seventy years ago I had thoughts of running away and joining the circus. I thought that being a clown would be a great job because they made people laugh. I also believed that only circuses had clowns. Forward to 2011: I learned that one did not need to go to the circus to see clowns. All that was necessary was to take a trip to Helena while the legislature was in session. There were more clowns there than in any Barnum and Bailey show.