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March 15, 2002 |
Carmine "Bud" Mennella, the trainer of J. Fred Muggs, the chimpanzee who helped save NBC's long-running "Today" show from ratings gloom in the 1950s, died in Tampa, Fla., Sunday. He was 80 and had suffered from Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases. Mennella had aspired to a career as an opera singer but was impeded by terrible stage fright and instead went to work as an NBC page. At the network he met his partner, LeRoy Waldron, with whom he later opened a pet shop in Glen Rock, N.J.
October 1, 2000 |
On his second Soul Assassins album (due in stores Tuesday), Cypress Hill's DJ Muggs gathers an impressive roster of talent to rhyme over his penetrating production. He tailors his beats to match such respected lyricists as Kool G. Rap and GZA/Genius, and the results are almost always spectacular. Although the album has no real agenda other than to showcase Muggs' production and the rappers' impressive braggadocio skills, it's a powerful collection of hard-core hip-hop.
January 16, 1992 |
The Missing Muggs: One familiar mug was missing Tuesday among all the smiling faces on the celebrations marking the "Today" show's 40th anniversary--chimpanzee J. Fred Muggs. A svelte 13 pounds when he made his debut on the show in January, 1953, at age 10 months, Muggs reportedly is now a big, round 175 pounds. "With his size now, I'm not sure it would be practical to have him here in person," an NBC spokeswoman said.
July 25, 1990
Harold (Red) Grange, 87, football's legendary Galloping Ghost, has been diagnosed as having Parkinson's disease. He is in an extended-care facility in Lake Wales, Fla., but his wife, Muggs Grange, said he should be home in a few weeks.
October 23, 2005 |
DJ Muggs vs GZA the Genius "Grandmasters" (Angeles/Fontana) * * * 1/2 DJ MUGGS gave Cypress Hill its dusted and eerie sound, while GZA was one of the most respected members of the Wu-Tang Clan because of his innovative and captivating storytelling as well as his vast vocabulary and his clever turns of phrase.
October 2, 1998 |
*** 1/2 Cypress Hill, "IV," RuffHouse/Columbia. Cypress. Hill's 1991 self-titled debut album is one of the decade's most influential hip-hop records. Rappers B-Real and Sen Dog and producer Muggs created their own niche in the segmented hip-hop market by introducing an abundance of marijuana references and a warped, psychedelic production style into their street-level entertainment. The album thrust the Los Angeles-based crew into hip-hop's elite.