Born in a Texas lab and adopted by Michael Jackson in the early 1980s, the moon-walking chimpanzee accompanied the King of Pop at parties, press events, and on tour. The chimp reportedly drank green tea with Japanese politicians, sparked rumors that he was the ringbearer at Elizabeth Taylor’s eighth wedding (not true) and fell victim to a celebrity death hoax more than a decade before Twitter made them cool. Jeff Koons memorialized the unlikely friendship via a 1988 ceramic sculpture of the duo in one of their signature matching outfits, which is now part of SFMOMA’s collection. In fact, since retiring to the Center for Great Apes near Miami, Florida, in 2005, Bubbles has become quite the artist himself; two of his abstract expressionist paintings, valued at $1,500 each, were put up for sale last year to raise money for the primate sanctuary.
Sergeant Stubby was passed up by TIME this time around but has made the list in the past. He was a Pit Bull Terrier and the most decorated dog in history! Stubby was a life member of the American Legion, the Red Cross, and the YMCA. The Humane Education Society even awarded him a special gold medal for service to his country. He was the only dog to be promoted to sergeant through combat and met with both Presidents Harding and Coolidge.
I got to personally know Digit as I was a research assistant at Karisoke Research Center in 1974. Before I left Dian took several pictures of me with Digit in January 1975. After Digit was murdered she later wrote me and sent me a picture of Digit and I stating it was one of the best she ever took of Digit. She was hoping to use it along with lots of other still pictures in a documentary she was trying to produce called, His Name Was Digit. Digit was mischievous, lovable, curious, and extremely friendly and was always glad to see me. The first time he met me he came right up to me, sat down next to me, and stared at a compass on my leg and then looked intently into my eyes as if to ask, "What is it?!" He took great delight in slapping me on my back, tickling me, pulling on the baggy seat of my pants and whatever other affectionate and comical thing he could do to me. My eyes still well with tears and my heart still aches when I think of what happened to him.
Once again, the wrong dog gets the credit as the hero dog of the 1925 Nome Serum Run. It was TOGO, not Balto who did the most incredible work on the trail. Balto simply made the last leg of the journey and his master took all the credit for himself and his dog. It was Leonhard Seppala and his lead dog, Togo who should have been remembered! It was mis-reported at the time and now Disney's fiction and this Time article have distorted history for a new generation.
@RonHolmstrom It was Fritz, not Togo, who was Seppala's dependable leader. Togo was loose leading and ran after a herd of reindeer. An ad was placed in the Nome Nugget for his return. I do think this short article is an incredible example of poor research and lazy journalism.