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Bubbles the chimp

Bubbles the chimp

Dec. 17, 1987: Bubbles, owned by pop star Michael Jackson, makes an appearance at a Temple City Kmart store to promote a new line of toys called Michael’s Pets. He’s holding a likeness of himself.

The next morning, In his Only in L.A. / People and Events column, Bob Baker reported:

At a K mart store, Bubbles the Chimp, one of the most popular animals in that wide-ranging collection that resides at singer Michael Jackson’s Encino home, showed up to unveil a new line of 11 stuffed animals modeled after Michael’s own.

Jackson’s licensing agent had been planning this marketing coup for years but waited until the singer’s new “Bad” album came out. Shoppers can cuddle creatures like Bubbles, Louie the llama, Jeannine the ostrich and, of course, Muscles the snake.

This photo by staff photographer Patrick Down was published with Baker’s column in the Dec. 18, 1987, Los Angeles Times.

1 Comment

  1. May 1, 2013, 7:32 am

    Great pictures and bubbles is alive and well down in florida at the Center For Great Apes is surrounded by playmates Ripley, Striker and loves to paint. If anyone is interested I donating they would really appreciate it. I recently spent time with him and he still is kind, and knows sign language and remembered It was a touching moment.

    Keith Holman Designer

    By: hho

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