The Ivan Chronicles

By September 7, 2019 September 16th, 2019 Beloved Ivan Press, Ivan the Gorilla®
bicycle

Larry Johnston & Ivan the Gorilla® circa 1964 at the B&I Circus Store

Ivan the Gorilla® was the most chronicled member of his species and the Ivan Chronicles spotlight many unreleased photos that had captured the true soul of our late friend. The cherished collection of photos will feature an accompanying story told by the ones that had known him best during his youth in Western Washington. Each new chapter that is released will provide a unique insight into the life that was Ivan.

The Bicycle

“Ivan loved to ride on motorcycles with me, therefore it was natural for him to hop on my shoulders & take this opportunity to go for a spin on this new bicycle

Larry Johnston

The Solex Electric Bicycle company wanted to introduce their new motorized bicycle & feature a photo shoot with Ivan for commercial purposes. Ivan & I would take many adventures together, but he had especially loved to ride on motorcycles with me. Therefore, it was natural for him to hop on my shoulders & take this opportunity to go for a spin on this new bike. Typically, when we rode motorcycles together he would stand on the back of the seat, wrap his arms around my neck & enjoy the wind in his little fuzzy head.

Larry Johnston

To understand his life, one must first experience his origin

Earl Borgert