: ERB BIO FEATURE 7
Gleanings from the ERB Timeline Bio: August 1930
1930: Miss Pickford comes out to look at the property ~
He does a radio interview on radio station KTM where he discusses conservation,
prohibition, and writing, expressing the belief that successful writing
is an inherent ability and can not be taught ~ The Burroughses and Dearholts
(18 Amherst) exchange social visits and business advice ~ Ed goes through
all his note books and makes index pages in alphabetical order (i.e. Elmo
Lincoln: page 97), Ed's notebooks contain references to a Xonthron - Dr.
Science project. Graduation Ceremonies for the kids ~ he is very proud
of the children ~ Ed carries on much of his writing by dictation onto cylinders.
Ed returns to dictate more cylinders ~ Ppainters are painting the kitchen.
~ Ed meets with California Bank and ERB, Inc. to work out finances for
the new El Cab plan.
1930 August 17: Ed notes receiving letters from the Dearholts
who are travelling around the Southwest in their "land yacht" -- a mobile
home constructed by Ashton.
1931: An article praising the merits of travelling in a Pullman
Aerocoach appears in the company's Caravan Club publication. Ed describes
their 1929 trip to Grant's Pass in which they use two Aerocoaches.
Pleased with English teacher Miss Bischoff's editing job, Ed sends her
Dancing Girl of the Leper King" and three instalments of Tarzan
and the Leopard Men. He is dissatisfied with Rex Maxon's Sunday Tarzan
page. Maxon's run will end in a month.
1932: Tarzan and the Leopard Men starts its run in Blue Book.
~ Signal Oil purchases exclusive broadcasting rights for California.
~ Ed purchases a home in Malibu at 90 Malibu La Costa Beach when he realizes
that the planned renovations of the Tarzana home will be too expensive.
1932: August 6: Lost
on Venus is written at ERB's beach home at 90 Malibu La Costa.
1933: August 31: The editor of Modern Screen requests a story
along the theme of "If Tarzan Came to Hollywood" which may
have been the inspiration for Tarzan
and the Lion Man.
1933: Sol Lesser, who has obtained rights to Tarzan
the Fearless, releases it as combined full-length feature and
serial. Tarzan is played by 1932 Olympic swimming champion Buster Crabbe
who has pushed out the actor originally contracted for the role - James
Pierce. The film is running in competition with the MGM Tarzan films. Further
complicating the number of Tarzan films on the market is the unauthorized
re-release in Europe of the old 1921 silent The
Son of Tarzan which has been partially transformed into a sound
picture. However, Elmo Lincoln's efforts over the years to re-release the
original Tarzan of the Apes have been unsuccessful, as are ERB's attempts
to find work for the now-struggling actor. ~ Hulbert graduates from Pomona
College and attends the University of New Mexico summer school of archaeology
at Jemez Springs.
1933: August 13: Mildred Bernard Jensen is hired as an assistant
1934: Ed, Florence with her two children, and Mrs. Gilbert
take a vacation in Big Basin at Santa Cruz and on to San Francisco. They
return home to a whirl of social affairs
1934: August 13: A son, Michael,
is born to Joan and Jim Pierce.
1935: August 17: Rothmund begins a barrage of submissions
of ERB's 1930 western "That
Damned Dude," now renamed "The Brass Heart" by
John Mann. There are 24 rejections. It is eventually purchased by Thrilling
Wonder stories in 1939 and is serialized in 1940.
1936: Ed turns down an offer from Shell to appear on a New York
radio program but Florence persuades him to reconsider. He has Ralph tells
them he will appear if they up the ante which they do. It gives them a
paid trip to New York where he can seek outlets for BTP films. He then
returns home via Chicago.
1937: August 19: Carson
of Venus is finished and subsequently rejected by Liberty,
Saturday Evening Post, Collier's, and Ladies' Home Journal.
1937: August 20 - 31: Ed adds 21,000 words to the 1914 novelette,
Lad and the Lion and retitles it "Men and Beasts."
1937: August 22: The "Man-Eaters"
an article on the behaviour of lions, appears in Sunday Magazine of the
Los Angeles Times.
1937: ERB enrolls stepchild Lee in the Hollywood Military
Academy in Brentwood hoping that his studies will improve. The boy is not
happy and is soon removed.
1938: Ed and Florence sail to Honolulu on the Lurline for a
planned two-week visit with Wayne and Mary Pflueger. (The Deputy Sheriff
of Comanche County was dedicated to Mary Lucas Pflueger.)
1939: Ed has another idea for a radio show which he submits
to Thompson Agency - Quiet,
Please!The emphasis of this fifteen-minute, once-a-week show is on
objections to noise - quiet. In the sample columns written for the
show he makes it known that he has no love for the Roosevelts, Hitler,
Nazis or communists. He mentions that the recently deceased Douglas Fairbanks
came close to playing Tarzan in the first Tarzan film. There is no sponsor
interest and the show is never broadcast.
1939: Ed and Florence spend time sailing in Balboa at friends' club.
Ed tired of the experience except for when he was piloting the ship himself.
August 22: Harry Monty, a dwarf who doubled as Boy in Tarzan
Finds a Son, writes to request a meeting with ERB.
August 29: ERB, who was highly critical of the plans to eliminate
Jane in Tarzan Finds
a Son, sends a letter to producer Zimbalist voicing his
approval the job he has done on the film.
August 31: The family moves to luxurious 716 North Rexford Drive
(rent $300 per month) to make Florence's recuperation more pleasant.
After eight months, however, the cost of maintaining two establishments
(Emma's home in Bel-Air), high spending, and the loss of income resulting
from the war in Europe will force a move
1940: August 28: The family moves
to 2623 Halelena in Honolulu
and a week later, Ed moves into an office at 1298 Kapiolani Boulevard.
He is at the office from nine to four, preferring to keep his work separate
from his homelife.
1941: August: "Yellow Men of Mars" appears in Amazing
August 1: Ed submits a letter from longtime fan, Frank Shonfield,
who is now in the English Army, to Life Magazine. It is rejected.
August 12: Ed instructs his children to elect Rothmund president
of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. and to look after him financially.
August 23 - September 6: Tarzan
and the Castaways appears as a three-part serial in Argosy.
It is revised and retitled "The Quest of Tarzan" ($450).
August 27: Ed writes to Jack that he is delighted to hear of
Carlin's reaction to his John Carter Sunday page. He feels that Jack will
at last come into better money and recognition and be freed from the menial
work he's been saddled with.
1942: Ed shares a "military secret" in a letter to Jack. He
explains, for the first time, his fascination with the name John. A 12-year-old
tough guy used to bully the younger Eddie during his walks to Brown School
in Chicago. Eddie was scared stiff and wanted to grow up to be just as
tough and to be named John... rather than Edgar.
August 5: Ed reports in a letter to Joan that he gave a talk
to 30 officers at an officers' school relative to possible co-ordination
of BMTC and AA units in event of an emergency. He met
the commanding AA general and innumerable other officers, and was taken
to some very interesting and one very secret place. He also met two
negro AA majors and noticed no distinction being shown between white and
black. He was invited out to AA target practice to fire at
targets towed by planes.
1943: August 4: Stepdaughter Caryl writes that she is
attending the private Marlborough School for Girls. She persists in using
the last name Burroughs - against her mother's wishes. She fought the adoption
by Florence's new husband, Dr. Chase.
1944: Ed writes an article for Hawaii Magazine: "What Price
Tolerance," in which he demands automatic citizenship for alien
parents of any man who has served honourably in the armed forces.
August 9: Ed attends another card game at Mildred's and loses
25 cents. Much of his time is spent writing entries in his notebook.
1945: August 10: Hulbert relays news from Hickam Field
that the war is over.
August 14: ERB celebrates the end of the war with friends and
Hubert who brings his fiancée Marian Thrasher. Ed is arrested after
a parking lot altercation with another motorist.
August 22: ERB who first considered the parking lot incident
a joke, is embarrassed by it all and avoids the reporters
1946: The affectionate correspondence between Ed and Caryl Lee
continues. She asks for a horse.
1947: August 4: ERB receives a letter from Brigadier General
Truman Landon at the War College in Washington. The General thanks him
for the dedication in Tarzan and the 'Foreign Legion' and
praises him for his fine work. He makes a few technical criticisms.
August 22: Tarzan
and 'The Foreign Legion' is published by ERB, Inc. The dedication
is: "To Brigadier General Turman H. Landon". Landon is the Commanding
General of the Bomber Command of the 7th Air Force stationed at Hickam
Field near Honolulu, Oahu. In the book ERB pokes fun at another wartime
friend, Colonel Kendall J. Fielder, picturing him dressed up as a witch
1949: August: The
Cave Girl is published by Dell
as a paperback.
August: The article "Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc." appears
in Writer's Digest.