Friday, January 12, 2007

Coach Mallory's favorite mascot

Name: Phoenix Suns Gorilla
Position: CGO (Chief Gorilla Officer)
Height: 5'-Ape"
Weight: 350 (All muscle)
Years Pro: 25 (54 in gorilla years) College: Fur-man University '80
High School: Hairy Truman (Mon-Key West, Fla.) H.S.
2004-05 Season: A member of the inaugural induction class of the Mascot Hall of Fame... Starting mascot for all 41 games at America West Arena... MVP (Most Valuable Primate) for 23nd straight season... Made 150-plus appearances across the state of Arizona at schools, hospitals and charity events.

Career: List of appearances include visits to Argentina, Australia, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom... Delivered singing telegrams before signing with the Suns on March 20, 1980.

Personal: Oldest of two chimps. ... Younger brother, Junior, signed a 10-day contract with the Suns on 4/19/94 to assist an injured Go. ... Father starred alongside Charlton Heston in Planet of the Apes. ... All-time favorite movies are Congo, Gorillas in the Mist and Sense and Sensibilities. ... An artist who paints masterpieces under the assumed name of Van Go... The "Bo Jackson" of mascots, Go knows baseball, football, bungee jumping, jet skiing and swinging through trees. ... Official spokesape for the National Hair Club for Men. ... Go is single -- he's still looking for the right pri-mate.

Schedule the Gorilla: You, too, can have the Gorilla get the fans swinging at your sporting event. With his high-flying dunk routines and hilarious antics, the Gorilla really knows how to work a crowd. Plus, he'll work for bananas (not really). To unleash the Gorilla at your event, contact his personal trainer, Paul Smith, at (602) 379-7917, or contact him at

The Gorilla was discovered by the Suns when he came out to a game at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in March of 1980 to deliver a singing telegram to a fan in the crowd. The Gorilla was once ejected during a 1990 game against the Los Angeles Lakers after "borrowing" LA Coach Pat Riley's suit coat, tie and hair gel.

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