Welcome to Terry Wilson's tribute to
A brief explanation:
Zippy the Chimp was a 'comedy fixture'
on dozens of network television programs (many of them live) during
the 1950's. During the summer of 2003 I was contacted by Zippy's 'mother'
Carole Womack; the woman who actually trained Zippy and accompanied
him on many of his live TV excursions
She has asked me to help her connect
with Zippy fans around the world to add possible content to her project...letters
of personal memories of seeing
Carole and the real deal in the 1950's.
The little book from which the following pictures were taken was first published in 1953 and was a part of my personal library as a child.
During the summer of 1999, I happened to find
a copy of the '53 Zippy book in an antique store...(gulp!) and
decided to share Zippy's simple wisdom with you.
Zippy attempts to explain the "millennium bug"...
and becomes a highly paid consultant to the president!
"life is just a bowl of cherries.."
The following are examples of unsolicited emails I have gotten since putting the pictures of Zippy on my site ...what started out as a means to entertain myself between projects has developed into sharing a circle of warm nostalgic memories.
January 17, 2003
I have to thank you so much, I had a zippy as a child,
that in my early childhood protected me, I had a very horrible childhood,
but zippy was the one thing that kept me happy, he kept my secrets,
and was unconditional in his love. You have reminded me of a wonderful
friend, thank you so much for your website.
I was delighted to see your website and wanted to let you know that I also have the children's books of Zippy with the pictures you have posted. One is about Zippy's day at school and one is about Zippy's birthday party where he receives a puppy of his own (guess we didn't realize in those days that chimps are omnivorous). I also have a Zippy doll that is still intact, although somewhat the worse for wear. He currently is dressed in his red overalls and a new shirt made for him by my mother, who discovered him several years ago at her house. He now lives on the top shelf of my closet, covered by several t-shirts because my wife is totally creeped out by dolls and animals with the rubbery face and hands of the Zippy doll. Nevertheless, he's not going anywhere.
I know my question may sound strange, but if you could help me solve this riddle, it would greatlly help. I received a poem with the following verse in it: "Like Zippy the Chimp in a Robert Hall suit, rollerskating around in circles." Do you have any idea what this verse is exactly alluding to? Any hints or insights or recounts would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much for your help. I look forward to your answer. Best, Maya
I wish I could have been more help, but your Zippy riddle has got me stumped, at the moment. Best regards, Terry
Thanks. I solved it. It comes from a song called Sad Little Monkeys by an 80ies group called Psychodots.
Dear Terry, Came across my waterlogged Zippy book recently & was so upset. When I stumbled across your site I was SO excited to see all those photos again. Brought back lots of wonderful childhood memories. Even at 52 we never really grow up :) Thanks again! Marla
More adorable pictures of Zippy and Carole? Zippy the Chimp, Page Two >>