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Edgar Rice Burroughs celebrated
Gorilla Suit Day many years
back in 1936
when he attended a costume party
with wife Florence
for which he wore a Mangani/Bolgani
Ed pretended to be an escapee
from the Los Angeles zoo and
by sipping a cocktail through a straw.
ERB's step-son, Lee Chase, described the event
in an interview with Frank Puncer:
"Mother and Ebbie had evidently been
invited to a costume party. I don't think either of them cared all that
much for costume parties, but that makes it even more interesting that
they went to such great lengths for this one. Several days before the party
a rumor spread around the house -- that would be 716 N. Rexford -- that
a gorilla had escaped from the zoo. My sister and I were kids and, of course,
our curiosity was aroused.
I recall Ebbie telling us: "That
gorilla has been seen in the neighborhood, so you kids watch out!" The
servants (we had a butler, chauffeur and cook) were not in on it either.
So hints were dropped for several days about this escaped gorilla and everyone
was on the lookout.
Then one day mother said: "Oh my
God, look out in the backyard!" We had a rather deep backyard, as they
have in Beverly Hills, and way out in he back was this gorilla. I think
my heart dropped right into my shoes. My sister and I ran out of the house.
The butler ran out with a hatchet that he'd found -- he was going to protect
I looked at mother and she was giggling
and laughing. My sister caught on before I did and ran over and jumped
in the gorilla's arms. Then Ebbie took off the head of the costume and
there he was! He just got the biggest kick out of that.
Then they went to the party and
that's were the photograph was taken. The ape/gorilla suit might have been
something he found on a movie set and decided to borrow. The chain, of
course, wasn't real; it was made of plastic. Later I figured out that Ebbie
really enjoyed that sort of thing."
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