Sunday, October 08, 2006

Rudi, Pepe & Buttons

Photo courtesy of Sue Lenz



Another great photo of Leon "Buttons" McBryde (whose height I intentionally exaggerated in my earlier post) from one of all-time my favorite acts Sue Lenz of the the Rudi Lenz Chimps...

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Hi:
As you had some nice pictures of Buttons yesterday, I thought you might like to see the enclosed attachment of Buttons playing cards with my husband, Rudi Lenz and one of our chimpanzees (Pepe) taken in San Diego with Ringling Bros, Barnum & Bailey Circus in the early 1970's
Regards.
Sue.

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Somewhere I have a photo from the mid-sixties of the Three Stooges with the Rudi Lenz Chimps taken at an LA Shrine or a Dobritch date. I have to dig that out...

3 comments:

Mike Naughton said...

Pepe won.

Mr. Lee said...

I am biased again, but Sue and rudi Lenz, had the finest Chimpanzee act I have ever seen, their music , props, costuming, care of their animals, their training and presentation were second to none, There were a few other very good chimp acts, but nothing like the Lenz's. something the world will never see again.

marcuslenz said...

Hi Sue,

I m doing some research about hendrik lenz. he´s dutch, from an amsterdam circus family. Actually he´s my grandfather. If you know something about him, please contact me. marcuslenz@arcor.de
kind regards, marcus