MANNERS & MORALS: The Jovial Gorilla

The best known and most popular civic figure in Chicago is neither the Chicago Tribune's Colonel Bertie McCormick, the Democrats' Mayor Martin Kennelly nor the White Sox's aging but indefatigable shortstop, Lucius Benjamin Appling. In 20 years of residence at the Lincoln Park Zoo, Bushman, Chicago's own gorilla, has topped them all, both in favorable publicity and unwavering public regard.

Bushman, even as a grey-thatched elder gorilla, is one of the most fearsome-looking monsters ever put behind bars. On seeing him for the first time, zoo visitors read a promise of unspeakable...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!