was cold and quiet that morning. There was a touch of fog. Roscue Spurl
recalls rolling out of bed listening to the All-News Morning Music Show
of KNUZ-FM. Noodle Milhouse was buttering a muffin and watching Prizes
for Primates on TV when he heard. Uppie Sprouse had just finished
her exercise routine, and Aubrey Mortwhistle was fixing his furnace again.
But however different their individual stories, what united them was that
they all suddenly realized at exactly the same moment that they were living
through what Hellmouth history would surely recognize and look back on as
one of its blackest weeks. Was it a psychic pulse from the brilliant mind
of the dying Win Wing Wan that alerted these four strangers and many others,
or was it a news bulletin? We probably will never know for certain, but
one thing we do know is that now he is gone, and most of us didn't even
get a chance to know him.
Win Wing Wan's life lay
over the green field of primatology like a giant comforter. As a young
man, he attended the Glorious Peoples' Struggle Monkey School in Shanghai
and the Three Principles Primate Academy in Beijing, graduating with honors
in 1954. For the next four years he conducted field studies in Madagascar
on various reluctant lemuroids. Then until 1962 he worked with the
tall and lanky Dutch primatologist Piet Mons Apeldoorn studying sulky tarsiers
on Borneo. From 1962 to 1965 he was the Co-Chairman of the Primatology Department
at Beijing University, and from 1965 to 1969 he worked in a Chinese laundry
in Toupei. In 1969 his fortunes changed and he was appointed Vice-Director
of Beijing's Thousand Uplifting Sentiments Zoo, moving up to Director in
1972, an office he occupied until he was fired in February of 1988.
Other positions he held
locally included Health Monitor for the Hellmouth Municipal Zoo and Exotic
Animal Crematorium, Coach of the the Hellmouth Hellcats Monkey Toss Team,
Primatology Advisor to former Mayor John Barnesworth Beazleton, USMC Ret.,
and Honorary Chairman of the Antlered Animals Lodge Hall Annual Conference
on Habitat Loss. His publications are too numerous to list here, but
he was particularly well-known for his article The Inscrutable Tarsier:
Just What the Heck Is It? and for Monkeys, Monkeys, Monkeys,
his textbook for undergraduate primatology courses. He was also the
editor in charge of the 'Recommended Reading' section of the Nooz.
He had a wife, a grandmother, two sisters, a brother, four aunts,
an uncle, twelve cousins, and six sons, Win Wing Win, Win Wang Win, Win
Wang Wan, Win Win Wing, Win Win Wang and Win Win Win. He will be missed.