On February 7, 1930 a lion cub was born at Goebel's Wild Animal Farm, an animal theme park and training facility in Thousand Oaks, California. Many of the wild animals there were destined for Hollywood to appear in movies. At the tender age of three weeks (!) this little lion cub was sold to Roscoe Turner, an airplane pilot, to help promote the Gilmore Oil Company. The cub was promptly named "Gilmore."