Were you able to guess when this week’s Flashback Friday photo was taken?
This early-1960s promo shot of Forest Park’s “Park Loop Bus” was taken at Kingshighway and Lindell in Forest Park. The buildings across the street are, of course, the Chase Hotel and Park Plaza. Remember, the Earth Day festival is this Sunday at the Muny in Forest Park. Ride the Forest Park Shuttle to the festivities!
Boarding the bus is none other than Mr. Moke, The World’s Only Talking Chimpanzee, and his trainer Mike Kostial of the St. Louis Zoo.
Mr. Moke was the star of a popular St. Louis Zoo show during the early 1960s, where he would make sounds that resembled “Mama”, “no” and “goodbye”. Mr. Moke, who once did the Sullivan Show, also could write “Mama” on a blackboard. When his trainer, Mike Kostial, asked him if he loved Papa, Mr. Moke would say, “No,” and shake his head.
Photo courtesy of Joe Sonderman.