These days of course, it is not cool to admit to those dark days as a tobacco addict. Not to mention having to plead guilty to cruelty to an animal. However, back then it was a case of the ape already being a smoker so I wasn't leading him astray, he was doomed to life in a cage (albeit a clean and reasonably roomy one), he was damned lonely and confused, so what the heck! Maybe one hour, two or three days a week was a small price to pay to know I made a difference in his existence.
Until then I loathed chimpanzees - thanks entirely to Hollywood's efforts of debasing them, dressing them in clothes, forcing them to work with Ronald Reagan, (
) etc etc - but since then I have learned a fair bit about them, they are truly amazing animals.