Lebanon Reporter

Local News

May 15, 2013

Co-creator of Thorntown gorilla prank recalls ruse

Boone County — Dentists in Thorntown arrive and retire, but Asher Cones’ dental discipline remains unswayed.

Cones, who celebrated his 100th birthday April 1, is one of Boone County’s oldest citizens and co-creator of an epic prank — the great Thorntown Gorilla Scare, which turned into a national story before the perpetrators decided the joke had gone too far when “gorilla drives” and aerial searches were organized.

Cones is a beloved patient at Northwind Family Dental in Thorntown, where he’s fond of reminding the staff that his first dental cleaning cost $1.

“So, today, we’re going to charge him $1,” said Tammy Threlkeld, an employee at Northwind.

Originally, Cones was a patient of a Dr. Ellis, before Dr. Timothy S. Dorsey opened a practice in 1978. Dorsey retired in 2012, and Dr. Joseph W. Keck joined Northwind Family Dental in December. The practice is now located in the Witham Health Services building at 151 E. Bow St., but had been in downtown Thorntown for many years prior.

The Lebanon Reporter offers an interactive eEdition. Sign up to read the full version of stories anytime, anywhere.

Text Only
Local News

Featured items
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
AP Video
Disbanding Muslim Surveillance Draws Praise Hundreds Missing After South Korean Ferry Sinks Passengers Abuzz After Plane Hits Swarm of Bees Boston Bomb Scare Defendant Appears in Court Pistorius Trial: Adjourned Until May 5 Diaz Gets Physical for New Comedy Raw: Ferry Sinks Off South Korean Coast Town, Victims Remember Texas Blast Freeze Leaves Florida Panhandle With Dead Trees At Boston Marathon, a Chance to Finally Finish Are School Dress Codes Too Strict? Raw: Fatal Ferry Boat Accident Suspicious Bags Found Near Marathon Finish Line Boston Marks the 1st Anniversary of Bombing NYPD Ends Muslim Surveillance Program 8-year-old Boy Gets His Wish: Fly Like Iron Man Sex Offenders Arrested in Slayings of CA Women India's Transgenders Celebrate Historic Ruling Tributes Mark Boston Bombing Anniversary Raw: Kan. Shooting Suspect Faces Judge

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide