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Freeport History Encyclopedia: Z

Freeport History Encyclopedia includes authoritative information about Freeport's past. This guide is perfect for anyone wanting to know more about our village.

Zimmerman, Charles J.

Charles J. Zimmerman was the Village of Freeport historian during the 1990s. He was preceded by Clinton Metz and succeeded by Cynthia J. Krieg.

Zimmerman also served as the curator of the Freeport Historical Society.

Zimmerman presented a compilation of his writings to the Freeport Memorial Library: The Historical Writing of Charles J. Zimmerman. As Curator of the Freeport Museum and Appointed Historian of the Incorporated Village of Freeport, Long Island. (1994).

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, June 28, 2016.

Zipper's Pharmacy

Zipper's Pharmacy was located at 55 South Grove Street (now Guy Lombardo Avenue) near Pine Street. It operated from the 1940s through the 1970s.

 

Source:

Zipper's Pharmacy [advertisement].  The Leader. December 30, 1943, 3.  Accessed March 20, 2018. http://nyshistoricnewspapers.org/lccn/sn95071064/1943-12-30/ed-1/seq-3/.

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, March 20, 2018.

Zippy the Chimp

Zippy the Chimp was the name given to several trained chimpanzees from 1952 until the late 1980s.  The chimps lived with their trainer, Lee Ecuyer, at 439 South Grove Street (now Guy Lombardo Avenue).  Before a chimp could don the trademark sweatshirt emblazoned with the word "Zip," he was trained to perform several amusing acts, such as roller skating, dancing, bike riding and painting.  When a chimp got too old to continue performing, there was another trained chimp ready to take his place; the older chimp would be put in a zoo to live out his remaining years.
 
Zippy appeared on television with various celebrities, including Ed Sullivan, Jack Paar, Captain Kangaroo, Arthur Godfrey and Mike Douglas, and also lent his talents to a number of commercials.  He appeared for five years on the Howdy Doody childrens' television show, and in movies as well.  His services as an entertainer could also be rented for children's parties, and he appeared at fairs across the country. 
 
Zippy's career was not without its problems: in 1956, Zippy was embroiled in a contract dispute against a comic named Harvey Stone for top billing in the advertising for the Boulevard, a nightclub in Rego Park, NY.  An arbitrator decided in favor of Mr. Stone, since the contract granting him top billing was signed two weeks prior to the contract signed for Zippy's services.  Reportedly, Zippy did not bear any ill will over this incident, and shook hands with Mr. Stone after the dispute was settled.
 
When Zippy was not working, he could often be found at Randall Park, which was across the street from his home; he would spend his time there participating in arts and crafts alongside the neighborhood children.  
 
Zippy and his antics were memorialized in several children's books and comics in which he was the main character.  Zippy stuffed animals were also available for purchase.  Zippy left Freeport in 1987 when his owners moved to Rockland County.
 

 
Sources:

“Chimp’s Not Champ; Comic Gets Top Bill.” Newsday. April 7, 1956, 8. Accessed July 15, 2016. http://search.proquest.com/hnpnewsday/docview/898153251/E418FFFC7AAA45A1PQ/3?accountid=4893.

“Fun for Junior Has High Price Tag.” Newsday. January 16, 1964, 47. Accessed July 15, 2016. http://search.proquest.com/hnpnewsday/docview/964418085/84074E25440146A1PQ/1?accountid=4893.

“LI Monkey in Hot Water Over Swim Pool.” Newsday. April 29, 1959, 4. Accessed July 15, 2016. http://search.proquest.com/hnpnewsday/docview/898231833/E418FFFC7AAA45A1PQ/7?accountid=4893.

 “Life With Zippy And Friends.” The New York Times. February 19, 1978, LI19. Accessed July 15, 2016. http://www.nytimes.com/1978/02/19/archives/long-island-weekly-life-with-zippy-and-friends.html?_r=4.

“Long Island Journal.” New York Times. August 30, 1987, LI3. Accessed July 15, 2016. http://www.nytimes.com/1987/08/30/nyregion/long-island-journal-026887.html.

“There’ll Always Be a Zippy the Chimp.” Newsday. April 9, 1973. 2A. Accessed July 15, 2016. http://search.proquest.com/hnpnewsday/docview/919040922/E418FFFC7AAA45A1PQ/1?accountid=4893.

 
Researched by Denise Rushton, July 18, 2016.