April 10, 2007

MONKEY BUSINESS:

Cheeta the Tarzan chimp star turns 75 (Daily Mail, 11th April 2007)

Cheeta the chimpanzee, the animal star of 12 Tarzan films in the Thirties and Forties, celebrated his 75th birthday yesterday.

Officially the world's oldest chimp, Cheeta, who was 'discovered' by an animal trainer on a trip to Africa in the 1930s, is said to be in excellent shape at a primate centre in Palm Springs, California.


After the devastating Syracuse loss to Indiana in the 1987 NCAA finals -- for which I had a Boz haircut dyed Orange & Blue and for which Jim Boeheim must one day rot in Hell -- I straggled back to the hotel just in time to see Maureen O'Sullivan on David Letterman. The host's jaw dropped to his desk as this elderly and elegant woman told him how you can sometimes see the chain around Cheeta's ankle in old publicity stills, which was there to restrain him from trying to rape Johnny Weismuller, upon whom he had a violent cross-species gay crush.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 10, 2007 10:37 PM
Comments

Serves you right for opposing the General.(And Boeheim was already destined for hell as a result of his 2-3 zone.)

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at April 10, 2007 11:23 PM

Imagine the two coaches swap teams--what does Knight beat him by? 100?

Posted by: oj at April 11, 2007 12:29 PM

Back in the day, a pretty racy scene when Margaret swims in the nude in the first of her movies with Weissmuller.

Posted by: jdkelly at April 11, 2007 5:32 PM
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