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Samson Special to Air

November 19, 2007

Samson, the gorilla that endeared himself to thousands of visitors in his decades at the Milwaukee County Zoo, will be the star of Samson: Then and Now, a 30-minute Milwaukee Public Television special premiering on MPTV-10 Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m.

The program will focus on the zoo's most famous lowland gorilla, comparing his experience with the lives of the gorillas at the zoo today. Samson died in 1981 after a heart attack. The documentary also sets the record straight on stories that the gorilla was the largest in captivity, occasionally escaped from the zoo, and other anecdotes.

The documentary will include stories about his life from both his caretakers and fans who loved to watch him as well as footage from the old Washington Zoo and other historical film. The special opens at the Milwaukee Public Museum, which recently installed an exhibit about Samson 25 years after his death. Lois Maurer is the program's producer.

Samson: Then and Now is one of a number of new programs, special events and services commemorating Milwaukee Public Television's 50th anniversary. MPTV is a viewer-supported service of Milwaukee Area Technical College.