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Jan 19 2004


By Bill Borrows

SHE WAS at Winston Churchill's side during Britain's darkest hour. And now Charlie the parrot is 104 years old...and still cursing the Nazis.

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05:44 pm - Cheeta -- world's oldest chimp at 71


PALM SPRINGS, Calif. April 12 —

Cheeta lives in this desert resort town like a lot of old movie stars, painting, playing the piano and watching his old movies. But as one of Palm Springs' only retired chimpanzees, he stands out.

The last actor to have played the lead chimpanzee role in the Tarzan movies of the 1930s and '40s, Cheeta is 71 now the oldest chimp in the world, according to the Guinness Book of Records.

"He's just part of the family," said Dan Westfall, who saved Cheeta's life when he adopted him from Tony Gentry, an animal trainer who worked in Hollywood.

Gentry, Westfall's uncle, originally left instructions in his will to have Cheeta euthanized after his death because he worried that the 142-pound chimp would wind up in a research lab. His nephew talked him out of that by promising he'd always take care of Cheeta.

Westfall and Abe Karajerjian care for Cheeta and other animals, including orangutans and monkeys, at a house they have nicknamed Casa de Cheeta.

Cheeta spends his time playing with preschool toys, thumbing through magazines including National Geographic and playing the piano. In addition to his old movies, he likes watching Animal Planet and cartoons on television.

Cheeta's handlers hope to sell some of his paintings which they describe as "Ape-Stract" to raise money for a sanctuary for homeless primates.

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06:26 pm - E.O. Wilson to Lecture at NC State tomorrow

Via barlow:


Eminent Scientist E.O. Wilson to Lecture at NC State, UNC


Edward O. Wilson, one of the world’s most renowned scientists and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, will deliver two lectures in the Triangle in January.

Named one of Time magazine’s 25 most influential people in America, Wilson is often called the father of biodiversity. A faculty member at Harvard University, Wilson won Pulitzer Prizes for his books “On Human Nature” and “The Ants.” He has made major contributions to several areas of science, including entomology, the understanding of ecosystems, the importance of biological diversity, and the effect of evolution and natural selection on human nature.

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06:33 pm - Nina Totenberg to lecture at NC State

Via barlow:

Jan. 16, 2004

2004 Harrelson Lecture Features NPR’s Totenberg


Nina Totenberg

Nina Totenberg, National Public Radio's award-winning legal affairs correspondent, will deliver the 2004 Harrelson Lecture at North Carolina State University. Her reports air regularly on NPR's critically acclaimed newsmagazines, All Things Considered, Morning Editionand Weekend Edition.

The Harrelson Lecture, free and open to the public, will take place at 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 2, in Stewart Theatre, which is located in the Talley Student Center. A reception will follow in the Grand Ballroom. Totenberg's visit to NC State is co-sponsored by the University Scholars Program.

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