Archive Page - 08/16/13 41 years, 2,172 covers and 54,888 stories from PEOPLE magazine's history for you to enjoy
- The Most FOMO-Inducing Photos from Uber's Puppy Bowl Office Deliveries
- The Best Photos from the Week of Jan. 19- Jan. 25, 2015
- Is Downton Abbey Set to End After Season Six?
- Maria Menounos: 'I Eat Like I'm Going to Play in a Football Game'
- Why Did Demi Lovato Refer to Herself as the 'Luckiest Woman in the World?' (PHOTO)
On Newsstands Now
- Matthew McConaughey: In His Own Words
- Jessa Duggar's Wedding Album
- Brittany Maynard's Final Days
Pick up your copy on newsstands
Click here for instant access to the Digital Magazine
People Top 5
LAST UPDATE: Thursday January 29, 2015 07:10AM EST
PEOPLE Top 5 are the most-viewed stories on the site over the past three days, updated every 60 minutes
- March 28, 1977
- Vol. 7
- No. 12
How Do You Play with Hugo in Houston? Very Carefully
The Greers adopted Hugo, brought him home to Houston, Texas, and soon heard the patter of little feet—sometimes four of them—in their cozy brick house.
Nowadays Hugo moves like an earthquake. He has outgrown the cute stage and weighs 500 pounds. If he stood up straight, as parents are always telling their kids to do, he would be six feet tall.
For all his seeming maturity, Hugo demands as much care as an infant. The burden falls mostly upon Annie, 59, since Charles, 65, is a traveling entrepreneur (oil, bananas, etc.). Annie feeds Hugo twice a day and hoses down the concrete floor of his 15-by-20-foot cage which has windows opening onto the living and dining rooms. Hugo has two toys, a tire hung from a steel pipe and a link chain. At one time he had a rattle—a pipe with pebbles inside—but it had to be taken away when he began poking it at visitors. "Sometimes," Annie confesses, "I get so mad at him I could kill him. I cuss him one minute and feel sorry for him the next."
Hugo's favorite food is spaghetti and meatballs—unlike wild gorillas, he is not a vegetarian. He also likes cheese, salami, rice with gravy, french fries and soft drinks. The Greers say they have spent $30,000 on Hugo, spoiling him so rotten he will not adapt to a zoo. He could live at least another decade.
Hugo obeys commands to open his mouth, clap his hands, and pat his head, but with advancing age he has become temperamental. "It's easy enough to get in his cage," says Charles, "but he won't let you out again." It took five hours for Greer to escape last time—12 years ago.
"Gorillas," sighs Charles, "are a lot like people. They have good and bad days. But with Hugo, you can never be sure what kind of a day it is until it's too late."
January 29, 2015
Treat Yourself! 4 Preview Issues
The most buzzed about stars this minute!