A Blast from the Past…

David Gottlieb by David Gottlieb | 02.17.2012

It’s always fun to look back at the earlier days of our industry… especially when it’s an ADEMCO promotional video for the 4160 Control Communicator (circa 1985), starring Zippy the Chimp.

In those days, the penetration rate of alarm systems wasn’t what it is today and back then many people thought of them as complicated and hard to use. So along came the 4160 with its easier-to-use keypad – and what better way was there to make that point than with Zippy?   

And Zippy was not just any chimp. In his day, he was a big celebrity. He was a star of early TV who made the rounds of The Howdy Doody Show, The Ed Sullivan Show, Captain Kangaroo, and The Gary Moore Show.  At one point, Zippy even had his own TV show.

Take a look at this recently unearthed ADEMCO promotional video for the 4160.    Maybe you remember Zippy or the 4160? If so, please let us know.

You can read more about Zippy at his official website, where you can even buy his biography, and on YouTube you can watch Zippy in one of his many appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show. 

If YouTube is blocked, you can view the video here.