If gorillas go to a press conference and they aren’t called on to ask the first question, they pout and threaten to throw poop on everyone. They don’t get invited to many press conferences.
If gorillas have to spend the day with Paris Hilton, they carry Purell with them because… well, you know, she’s gross. I mean that in the nicest possible way.
If gorillas get stuck talking to Steve Jobs, they don’t hear a word he says because all they can think about is the nickname they came up for him, iDouche. Man, do gorillas hate Steve jobs or what?
I’m working on finishing up Book 4 of the Oz Chronicles. I am so close, and I think I’ve found a new direction for Book 5 that came to me last night as I was writing. Somebody searched for Ajax Takers Gorilla yesterday, and I couldn’t be happier. I think that’s cool that someone is doing a search for one of my favorite characters in the books. I thought I’d share a little Ajax history with you. Ajax is based on a real gorilla by the name of Michael. He was a member of Dr. Penny Patterson’s study to teach gorilla’s sign language. Her most successful pupil is Koko. Michael was actually brought into the study as a companion for Koko, but sadly, he passed away in 2000. I found this video of Michael on Youtube. It’s very emotional because Michael signs about how his mother was murdered. Keep in mind, he didn’t know sign language when she died. He’s telling his handlers about an event that happened in the past, and he describes his emotions. It really is remarkable.