August 8, 1989 |
Hold your bets. One of the acts this year at the New Jersey State Fair is the Monkey Derby, in which monkeys ride miniature horses around a small track six or so times. Bob Steele of Leesburg, Fla., who put the act together, says it took him about six months to train the monkeys to ride and the horses to run. The horses are trained to run to a Spike Jones song. When it stops, they do.
July 10, 1987 |
Until Dorothy Cheney and Robert Seyfarth first came to the plains and woodlands of East Africa in 1977, most scientists thought only humans had the ability to communicate through language. But in a pioneering series of experiments during the last decade, Cheney and Seyfarth, a husband-and-wife team at the University of Pennsylvania, have found that a small black-faced monkey sounds specific alarm cries when a leopard, eagle or python approaches. When they play a tape recording of the leopard alarm call - a combination of barks and snores - the monkeys run to the nearest tree.
November 30, 2000 |
Government scientists have protected monkeys from infection with the deadly Ebola virus, raising hopes that a vaccine to protect people may be possible as well. The findings, being announced today by researchers at the National Institutes of Health, represent a major step forward in efforts to combat one of the most feared viruses of modern times. Although it is rare and found largely in central Africa, Ebola is fatal in 50 percent to 90 percent of cases. People typically experience severe pain, high fevers and massive internal bleeding, and die within one to three weeks.
January 20, 2012 |
With Michele Bachmann out of the race for the Republican presidential nomination, we are left with an array of the usual suspects in American politics - namely, a bunch of men who seem to spend much of their lives bragging about how tough they are. Until Thursday, we had Rick Perry waxing macho about the number of executions he had overseen in Texas. We have Rick Santorum threatening to bomb Iran. There's Newt Gingrich proclaiming that the race is going to boil down to being between "Newt and not Newt.
December 13, 1995 |
Not many film students land Brad Pitt and Bruce Willis for their first feature project. Lucky for Keith Fulton and Lou Pepe, they have a persuasive casting agent. When director Terry Gilliam was in Philadelphia in late '94 preparing 12 Monkeys, he fancied that a documentary on the making of his stylish, if confounding, time-travel thriller might be fun. It would be a useful diary of the process and, perhaps, a promotional tool. So he auditioned local filmmakers to see if any shared his warp of mind.
March 27, 1995 |
That rumble you heard Saturday was the cast and crew of Twelve Monkeys barreling down I-95 for Maryland. On Friday night, after seven weeks of filming in Philadelphia, the Terry Gilliam futurist adventure starring Bruce Willis and Madeleine Stowe folded up its tent and decamped the next day for Baltimore, where the project will wrap late next month. Since preproduction began on the $30 million film in October, Twelve Monkeys has pumped an estimated $12 million into the area economy and employed about 900 locals, those close to the production say. It has also provided citizens with numerous rare-animal sightings.
January 4, 1996 |
When director Terry Gilliam arrived in Philadelphia with his video camera to scout locations for "12 Monkeys," he didn't worry about being stopped on the street. He isn't exactly a Hollywood celebrity. Gilliam's movies have never been blockbusters, and his last picture, "The Fisher King," was released four years ago. Only devout fans of "Monty Python's Flying Circus" would recognize Gilliam, who drew cartoons for the BBC program and made a few cameo appearances. Which is why he freaked out when he walked into the atrium of the former Wanamaker's department store and the giant pipe organ began to blast the theme music for "Monty Python.
August 4, 1989 |
Bouncing babies to stunning stars. Fluffy fleeces to fabulous fireworks. Melodious music to munchy muffins. Name something cute, zany, entertaining, intriguing, delicious, unusual or just plain fun, and you have a good chance of finding it at the New Jersey State Fair. You'll find the fair, for the fifth straight year, at the Garden State Park racetrack in Cherry Hill, starting today and running through Aug. 13. "The great family following we've developed . . . will have more fun than ever because there are even more things to do," said George Hamid Jr., president of the fair.
January 4, 1996 |
Something about the dark, wide-set eyes, the alabaster skin and the coffee-colored hair that streams like a shawl around her shoulders makes Madeleine Stowe suggest a Picasso demoiselle come to life. There's something ancient about the actress' face, also something very modern. "It's a compelling face, a timeless face, a face you'd travel across time to see," says director Terry Gilliam. So it figures that Gilliam cast Stowe in 12 Monkeys, his time-traveling thriller/romance curiosity co-starring Bruce Willis and Brad Pitt.
May 5, 1997 |
Doing an animal census in the wild assumes there is actually something to count and that getting the tally is feasible. So after three weeks in a soggy, bug-ridden rain forest - not to mention riding three airplanes and a small boat, hiking for two days up a river, then climbing a 1,000-foot cliff to get there - and seeing only a dozen or so animals, the term "census" is arguable. But Gail Hearn is using it anyway. It illustrates her point. Hearn, a biology professor at Beaver College in Glenside, and some of her students have been counting drills - smaller and lesser-known cousins of mandrills, the Old World monkeys with the distinctive rainbow rumps.