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July 06, 2006

Cheeta at 74

Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

Did you realize that Cheeta, the chimpanzee star of many "Tarzan" movies of the '30s and '40s, is still with us? Having given up beer and cigars, Cheeta recently turned a distinguished 74. He's living (as all retired movie stars should) in Palm Springs, and -- under the care of Dan Westfall -- is doing well. The Guinness Book of World Records lists Cheeta as the world's oldest living chimp.

The real attraction, with a couple of co-stars

Art lovers can buy paintings by Cheeta at the Cheeta website. (I'm ordering one myself.) Here's a National Geographic article about Cheeta.



posted by Michael at July 6, 2006


I am utterly charmed by this story. I too will be acquiring my very own "Ape-stract" painting for my too-human apartment.

Lovely. I'm smiling as I write this.

Posted by: PatrickH on July 6, 2006 5:26 PM

Beer and cigars? Does he also go up to Las Vegas on weekends to play the slots and a little blackjack?

Posted by: Peter on July 6, 2006 6:57 PM

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