Throwback Thursday

No, I did not watch the debate last night. As I have written many times, the only political axiom to which I subscribe is that no matter where one thinks they stand on the political spectrum much/most of the truth is usually somewhere else. I think both parties have lost the plot and are only concerned with elections and not with governance. I will quote Kissinger again, “Ninety percent of politicians give the other ten percent a bad name.” The only leaning I have is that I do not think government is a panacea and that the world is in better shape than politicians will admit because admitting progress means less need for more government programs.


Ever since David Burge (@iowahawkblog on Twitter) tweeted this:


The most dissatisfying TV series finales, ranked:

3. The Sopranos

2. Game of Thrones

1. Lancelot Link Secret Chimp


I have been thinking about…Lancelot Link, of course. I have never seen, nor do I wish to see, either of the other two programs. Lancelot Link originally aired on ABC from 1970 to 1972. The show featured real chimpanzees “speaking” their lines, which obviously were dubbed in using human actors.

The main idea of the show was that Lancelot Link and his colleagues worked for A.P.E., the Agency to Prevent Evil, and they were always trying to thwart operatives from C.H.U.M.P., which apparently stood for Criminal Headquarters for the Underworld’s Master Plan. From a picture of “Lancelot,” I believe:


See the source image


From Wikipedia comes these little gems about the show:


“Two of the three producers/creators were Stan Burns and Mike Marmer, former writers for Get Smart! Both resigned from their jobs as head writers on The Carol Burnett Show to work on Lancelot Link, Secret Chimp.”

“According to The Believer, ‘to make the dialogue fit the chimps’ lip action, Burns and Marmer went to ridiculous lengths. Voiceovers were ad-libbed on the set, giving birth to beautifully absurd moments of the chimps breaking into songs at the end of sentences or spontaneously reciting Mother Goose rhymes just so it would look right.'”


From the fittingly named (this tangent is proof I am mad and not mad as in angry [well, maybe a little], but mad as in off my rocker), the lyrics to the theme song:

“Lancelot Link, Secret Chimp!
He stands for justice. He has no fear.
He’s the agent to call when trouble is near.
Lance Link, ya gotta come through.
Everybody at APE is countin’ on you!

Here’s pretty Mata Hairi, an agent and friendly.
She’ll stick by his side right to the end.
Darwin is the leader on the side of good.
He fights CHUMP agents like a good ape should.
Oh, Lance Link, whatcha gonna do?
You gotta stop CHUMP! The job is up to you!

Here’s Baron Von Butcher; you better beware!
He’s ruthless and he’s cunning and he don’t play fair!
He’s got an evil chauffeur, and Creto’s his name.
And Dragon Woman’s lovely, but she’s wicked all the same!
Oh, Lance Link, whatcha gonna do,
When mad Dr. Strangemind comes up to you?

There’s Ali Assa Seen, and wicked Wang Fu,
And The Duchess, whose looks can really fool you!
Whoa, Lancelot Link, Secret Chimp!
He stands for justice, he has no fear,
He’s the agent to call when trouble is near.
Lance Link, whatcha gonna do?!”


Oh, maybe you want to see a car…I was going to show a car from 1970, the calendar year when Lancelot Link began airing, but changed my mind. “Are you sure you won’t change your mind?” “Is there something wrong with the one I have?” No need to answer the second question for me. Once again, it’s OK to change your mind contrary to the views of many.



Sorry that I couldn’t get a fuller view of the car, but it was parked against a wall and squeezed between cars as you can see, I hope.







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5 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday

  1. Awesome! I don’t remember the Lancelot Link finale, as much as I liked the show. I’ll have to see if I can find it on the internet. I can’t believe that it would be on a list like that.

    Also, you need to contact madmusic. They have the lyrics wrong. As you know, it’s “He stands above justice, he has no fear.” I consider myself the world expert on the Lancelot Link theme song.

    And who did the voiceover for the bird on Ali Assa Seen’s shoulder? Very talented person.



  2. For some reason I didn’t get the e-mail that you had posted today – nor did I see it in my Reader at WordPress.
    … hmmmm… I’m glad I checked – I would have hated to have missed this Packard!


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