Margaret ~ Amar
I discovered ERB in the Library.
I was 10 years old when I discovered the local Library.
I started to read CS Lewis then. My dad had a small collection of Zane
Grey books so I raced thru them, finished them and had to have more!!!
I went to the library, read thru their collection of Zane Greys ( what
a treasure!), and by the time I was 13 I had gone thru Zane Grey, C.S.
Lewis, and a somewhat racey (for the time, and my age!) collection of Frank
Yerby that my dad had in his trunk, and about half of the books for sale
in every edition of those pb's that schools sell.
So,at age 13, I went back to the library, and discovered
ERB Pellucidar series and just admired Dian the Beautiful's spunk and courage.
A few years later, married and a mom, re-reading my beginning collection
of Zane Greys, and after some years, started working at a local department
store, had money, went to the local B Dalton and started buying up the
Tarzan series. Yard sales and rummage sales brought Pellucidar, still my
fav. And now, the internet is bringing me hardback copies of ERB's. How
hard they are to find!! Zane Grey hb's everywhere, and sorry folks,
I do put him on a par with ERB.
Life long southwestern Pennsylvania resident, currently
near Pittsburgh. Age will be disclosed if you're really that interested,
in a private email. A non-disclosure contract binds me from revealing my
age on ERBlist. Suffice it to say, I'm a baby boomer. Divorced, after a
too long marriage at an extremely young age, with two grown children, etc.
Any more info would break my binding contract with ERBlist.
Currently employed as a Medical Secretary for UPMC Health
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I read my first ERB book when I was 10. My father was
in the army, and he was stationed at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington,
DC. The hospital had a library for patients, and one night my father brought
home a book from that library. It had a red cover, and was much thicker
than I was used to reading, but he handed it to me and told me that I would
like it, and to read it. It was TOTA. A G&D with no jacket, but in
really good shape.
I read it. Word by word, page by page. And, of course,
I loved it. I gave it back to him and asked for another one. This started
not only my method of reading ERB, but also of reading in general. If I
love one book, I'll probably love the others of that author, so I read
'em all at once. Which I proceeded to do with ERB over the next 5 or 6
There is a long history of ERB reading (and collecting)
in my family. My mother and her brothers and sisters bought them new as
they were published, gave them to each other as Christmas and birthday
gifts, and even built a jetan game and played. My father read everything,
including ERB growing up. So our family actually had ERB books on the book
shelves (not too many, actually, but I remember a family 'Cave Girl' --
many had been given away or lost over the years of traveling around the
world in the military).
But Walter Reed Army Hospital Patient Library had ALMOST
all of them. Eventually my father got tired of bringing me one at a time,
and took me with him to the library. I was allowed (because I was a military
dependent) to choose my own books, and take them home. I still remember
that tall (I was kind of short) book case, with shelf after shelf of red
and blue and tan books. I didn't know the different editions then, just
recognize certain covers as being ERB.
Over the years we were stationed there in DC I went often
to that library. It was about 2 miles from my home, and, on a Saturday
if I wasn't going to a movie (and sometimes if I was) I'd take off for
the library, walking, dreaming of which ones I'd take home with me. Did
I want to wander the jungles with Tarzan, sweep across the dead sea bottoms
with John Carter, or visit the center of the earth, where, in my opinion,
the cave men were bolder and stronger and more exciting than the cave men
ERB created else where. Maybe it was the dinosaurs.
So I'd stand in front of that tall book case and look
at every title. I'd take down this one, or that one, and open it, read
the front piece picture, or the map in the front of the Venus books, read
the last page, trying to decide what I was in the mood for that day. And
then I'd make my choices and take 3 or 4 home with me, often stopping to
sit on someone's lawn and read a few pages from this one or that one because
I couldn't wait.
Eventually I graduated high school and left home for nursing
school. And thereby lost my connection to all things ERB. I do remember
going back once to the library -- my father was in the hospital and I went
to visit him. I slipped into the library to see what was there and they
were all gone. The library was there, but there were no more ERB books
on the tall shelf. I don't know where they came from to begin with, or
were they eventually went, but they sure shaped my life and thinking forever.
Over the years I found the occasional ERB book in a library,
or, once I discovered 'Cons, at dealer tables. I bought when I could, and
tried to take them with me on my travels around the country. Then one day
in the early 60's I was perusing a stack of paperbacks in my local drugstore
and there it was -- I think it was Thuvia, or Chessmen. The first ACE edition,
with those magnificent covers. I just looked, then coughed up the 45 cents.
And bought each and everyone that was subsequently re-released. I
attended my first Dum-Dum in '63 in DC, I think, and again in '64 in Chicago.
I finally settled down here in California, and was able
to accumulate a rather large collection, most of which, for some reason
I can't remember now, I sold off in the early 80's. But I still have over
200 different volumes of ERB, mostly paper but some old G&D's or the
occasional small Methuen. And I still read ERB, love all that he stood
for and taught me, and love hearing about all the others who also still
live in his world.
Jehs (Ghek) - Single, Over half a century in age and a quarter
century in Florida in St. Petersburg. Employed by a daily newspaper. I've
been a fan since '63 when my mom bought me "Gods of Mars" and exposed me
to ERB. I read incessantly and my house looks more like a branch library
with a kitchen attached. I love to loan out my books to fellow readers
and have seldom had my trust misplaced. I own most of ERB's books albeit
in paperback ( acquired during the '60s) and am a collector only in the
sense I keep books to read again. I read fantasy and SF, historical fiction,
thrillers, comedic romances and anything else that comes my way if I can
find the time. Unlike most of the others I don't watch TV or go to movies
much working nights so my contact with ERB is for the most part through
"Elmo Lincoln" Long, discovered ERB in
his grandfather's basement when he was nine. Well, not ERB himself, but
"The Land That Time Forgot" and several of the Mars books. Has been reading
and collecting ever since. Grew up in Wisconsin, lived in England for a
year, did some traveling in Europe and India. Lived in Pennsylvania for
about eight years, but now makes his home in John Carter's old stomping
grounds: Virginia. He's a newspaper reporter for the Daily Press in Newport
News -- which The Barsoomian Blade is *not* based upon. The Blade, Barsoom's
oldest tabloid, is available to Jasoomians at:
Chapman, I've been happily married to
my wife Karla for many great years, we have a daughter named Tori.
We live in New Philadelphia, Ohio. Beside ERB, I like SF in general and
Alan Klasek (Erich von Harben).
Married to Diane. Three daughters; Christy 21, Sandy 16, and Deborah
Two tours in Vietnam beginning 6
months following high school graduation. Shot up, and lived with increasing
pain. Finally went on disability in Feb. 91. I have ALWAYS been a voracious
reader, and during 75 to 79 read 10 60,000+ novels per week. Mostly pulps.
I am the oldest of my parent's 8
children. I substitute teach occationally to squander those funds on BOOKS!!!!!!!!!
I help around the house cooking, etc. I volunteer once or twice per week
at youngest daughters school. Fourth grade. Every time I volunteer she
gets one point, and 80 points per year are required for her to stay in
that traditional school.
I am a psychaitric patient from
too much combat in Vietnam, and do group therapy on a weekly basis. Other
than being heavy I am in very good health.
In recent years I have gone totally
off the deep end in ERb and SF fandom. From 6-97 through 3- 99 I have purchased
or traded for some 2, 677 books. This includes comics, pbs, G&D
hardcovers, and fanzines! Terry Klasek sought new paths in ERB fandom and
became hopelessly lost!
one wife, Linda, with 4 cats in service most years, replaced as necessary.
Visit my web page at www.apsu.edu/thompsonj
and be sure to check my ERBCOF-List
subpage. I am the List-Meister for that e-discussion group.
The other Jim Thompson ranges from late adolescence to early senescence.
Other interests, too numerous to mention, and too little time for any of
them ~ I was host for ECOF 2000: May 18-21 - Clarksville, Tennessee.
Woodley (Tarak): Attorney. Barbarian.
Tawny-haired. Indomitable, with the notable exceptions of Debbie-Jad-Guru,
my ex-girl friend and still friend, and her 21 year old tawny-haired daughter,
Princess Stephanie. Worked in a factory to put myself through college.
Drafted. Vietnam in 71-72. Lazy. Enjoys living in squalor, with books everywhere,
even some on the shelves. Talkative. Nonsensical. I could go on and on.
married to Jill. Two kidlets, Sarina and Sean. Have read all the Mars books
and half a dozen Tarzan books. Currently trying to keep my kids a little
ahead of Kala's reading (about 6 chapters ahead as of now) with a chapter
at bedtime. Currently in the middle of "Tarzan the Terrible" (here at work)
and "Son of Tarzan" (at home, hadn't read it in a long time). Just finished
"Monster Men", from the library. They have about a dozen of the Canavaral
editions as well as some rebound paperbacks, a nice selection overall.
(BTW, how did Blaine, illustrator (sort of) of the Canaveral books, win
awards for his art?) Now I just need to decide on a persona for the list!
Alan Winterrowd email@example.com Visit Alan's
Eclectic Homepage http://www.parlorcity.com/awinterrowd
Visit the World
of Shanidar http://www.geocities.com/~shanidar
married to Julie, two sons - Robt. II and Peter. Middle school social studies
teacher. Have been a fan of ERB since childhood when my father bought me
4 Tarzan books for Christmas... TERRIBLE, JEWELS OF OPAR, ANT MEN and LORD
OF THE JUNGLE. Since my father was never around much and my parents divorced
when I was 9, I understandably latched onto the Burroughs books which I
read over and over. I love reading(just about anything)Really love Allan
W. Eckert, Stephen Ambrose and T.A. Barron.How many of you have read THE
ANCIENT ONE? Barron is outstanding!! Also love TUCSON! Especially hiking
in the desert. I live in Vermont(not exactly across the state line from
Arizona) Plan to retire in the Chiricahuas! Shoz Lekay
Hunsicker (usually called Rick though).
firstname.lastname@example.org Wed to Linda. She
is a pure blooded Hungarian woman. Quite a challenge. Blessed with a son
and daughter. If the physical is important: a little short, always muscular,
ten lbs of middle age overweight, brown hair, blue-green eyes. If the mental
is important I'm in trouble. About myself: just an ordinary guy. Usually
quiet, minds my own business. As some might already know, loves Tarzan.
Carter is "awright"
Ron Hunsicker Homepage:
Wilcutt ~ Predator Seven -- Since my main
nemesis in the ERB (Tarak) has exposed himself, factuals on his life, to
all in cyberworld, I shall follow suit with a bio of my self. I am 54 in
actual years, but 50 in accepted years (I was forced to throw away years
18 19 20 and 21 in the U.S. military). Mentally around 24 and physically
around 36 or less. Exercise all the time to relief my head of stress and
other things, which seem to have come in waves here of late. I have been
married to Nancy for 27 years, have one son named Keith who is 21 and is
a freshman at the University of Kentucky. I have been a lawyer since 1979,
practice bank law for the most part, have been as assistant county attorney
for 9 years, do tons of appeals each year for the county I live in, mainly
criminal and child support. Rarely have lost.
Discovered ERB during the military
and have read most books, but not all. My hat is off to him for turning
me on to reading. And what writing skills I have today. Hope to have my
first book published next year about a gunfighter whose life is changed
by a 9 year old orphan girl he rescues. Two NY agents signed off on the
novel in May of this year.
I live in Glasgow, Kentucky, and
will probably never move. I hobby around with fruit trees, astronomy, biblical
archaeology, and planetology. Read Time and Newsweek every week, three
area newspapers daily and the Wall Street Journal. I also have an abiding
interest in the foster care program and sometime down the road will devote
a hunk of my life to improving the lot for abused children if I can. Am
in the process of trying to adopt one or two children but I don't know
what the end of this road will hold for Nancy and I. Got the hell beat
out of me the first time I entered this beaucratic arena. This time hired
a kiss-ass lawyer to take care of the messy end of things. But still no
guarantees in this regard.
I am conservative in most things.
A 100% turnaround from the liberal hippie I used to be.
Tarak, read carefully. You'll never
get another chance at this information again.
H. Hedges. email@example.com
Married 12 years with 3 kids - boy and two girls, ages 7, 5, 3. With all
that - not much time to read at night. 16 Years in the Army so far, graduated
West Point in 1982. ERB is about the only writer that I seriously read
- with the exception of the Saint by Charteris (picked that up from my
Mom too). Kar Komak
& Sue-On Hillman~ Jeddak of the
North ~ Warlord of Words [JoN >< WoW] Born in Strathclair, Manitoba
Hillman ~Dejah Thoris :~ Born in Southern
~Married for over 40 years...3
kids: ~(William Ja-On Campbell H., William Robin Li-Chan Monroe H., China-Li
Jade Ma-Ri H.,)
~Both are former high school teachers,
musicians, owners/managers of a 265-seat Chinese Restaurant & Showhall
(SOO'S) for 10 years ~ Bill is a Professor
in the Faculty of Education, Brandon University where he teaches Communications,
Internet for Educators, Computer Integration and Journalism courses. Sue-On
also teaches at Brandon University where she instructs foreign students
in the English for Academic programme.
Our Web site
& SUE-ON HILLMAN ECLECTIC STUDIO
opens with the following blah/blah
about our interests: ~ HILLMANS: A Brandon, Manitoba, Canada family with
a wide-range of interests and pursuits: songwriting, recording, martial
arts, Chinese food/furniture/art/philosophy, music instruments & vintage
guitars, education, geography & travel, A/V technologies, Performing
Tours: (USA, Western Canada, England Workingman Clubs, etc.), Media Collections:
(Old Time Radio shows, movies, SciFi & ERBurroughs, books & mags,
nostalgia), Writing: (journals, vignettes, novels, scripts, websites, chat,
music...), and bananas ~
Our music bio starts at:
and our ERB-related bio starts
C.H.A.S.E.R. Online Encyclopedia
Chart to the ERB COSMOS Links to over 10,000 of our ERB sites
firstname.lastname@example.org Here goes fer moi. I am single. Any takers welcome. Send
aps. <G> Have an odd sense of humor and can be times tasteless, short
tempered and all around maladjusted. My hobbies: I write short stories
about a woman warrior my alter ego whose everything I wish I was I read
ERB now, have a cat named Taco Bell. In a nutshell, I just "am." Kala
Bruce Bozarth (Tangor) was born 17 August
B.D. (Before Dirt) and enjoyed a rather normal middle class childhood.
During his teen years he became very proficient with electric musical instruments
and percussion toys, forming several organized cacaphony ensembles. These
musical endeavors provided monetary income, though the main pursuit was
naive young things going gaga over guitar gurus. Did he take advantage?
Like that gentleman adventurer from ERB's works he's too cool to tell.
After an involuntary stint in Uncle
Sam's Boy's Club he returned to civilian life to manage two music stores.
Teaching kids 6 to 66 how to amaze and amuse on 15 different instruments,
Bruce worked ausiduously to unburden himself of a wife collected during
his military daze.
Three years later, free and beginning
to loose that fabulous mane of hair, he married again--a relationship which
has lasted over 20 years. At some point between thinning hair and extreme
male pattern baldness he wised up and retired from the rock 'n' roll game
and became a computer consultant.
In his spare time (when not on the
Web or pounding replies to hundreds of email messages per week) Bruce daydreams
of simpler days when he first discovered ERB-- well before the Beatles
ever got together!
Like John Carter and other Burroughsian
heroes, Bruce has grey eyes, a winning smile, thinks quick, and...well
the rest is subject to change without notice (but if you do notice, keep
it to yourself!). Tangor Bruce Bozarth 4623 Holt Bellaire, TX 77401
I was born on Earth enough years
before 1939 to be old enough in 1939 to die a death from which I was resurrected
450,000 light years away on the planet Poloda. Darn my luck! Poloda is
a world at war but that's okay since the babes wear blue sequin body suits
that leave little to the imagination. I spent a little time flying battle
sorties against the enemy then went undercover as a spy. My girl ended
up hating me because of that (a miscommunication) until my new best friend
straightened her out. Unfortunately the nuptials will have to be put off
while Handon Gar and I explore the Osmoian solar system by solar-powered
airplane. If I'm not back in a year, well, I probably won't be back at
Wadding ~ Ghak the Hairy One, email@example.com
I was born in Pennsylvania, then moved to New York state, then to Maryland,
then to Nebraska, where I went to kindergarten, then to Texas, then to
New Jersey, then Maryland again, then Texas again in time for grades 10
- 12. (Most common question at this point is, "Was your father in the military?"
Answer: No, IBM, which stands for "I've Been Moved.") B.S. in math from
Texas A&M University, M.A. in math from University of Wisconsin, then
moved to Maryland (again) to work as a computer engineer for NASA at the
Goddard Space Flight Center.
I am 45 years old, single, live
alone, and have no children, though I am an uncle. I have two brothers,
one older, one younger, both married. They and my parents all live in the
Houston area. I bought a 2 bedroom condo so that I could use the second
bedroom for my library.
My wife Edie and I live in California. We have 4 children
and 6 grandchildren.
I was in the 6th grade when I discovered
ERB, in Princess of Mars, in our little town library, that was only
open on Tuesday afternoons. After reading that I sought out all the ERB
books. Unfortunately we did not go to the big city too often, so I had
to wait 6 weeks between bookmobile visits or possibly buy paperbacks at
the local grocery store. I lost my first collection in a fire in 1977.
I have since rebuilt it, but it is not quite the same. We just moved into
a new house and I am in the middle of organizing the library. Besides ERB
I like SciFi/Fantasy in general.
(who has no intention of moving
back to the country)
This is Akut or my real name is Mike. My wife and I have 3 kids, a daughter
two sons. 0ur sons are married & moved away we have 2 daughter-in laws
i use to work on F-16 jets for 13 years than in 1991 I got laided off with
3,ooo others on the same day. my over weight & my heath got bad so
bad that now i get DSS check every month it is very low we have a hard
time living on it. i do not sleep at night i see doctors a lot The ERB-list
is great it keeps me going every one on here is like family . This is how
i got to like Tarzan when i was 10-12 we lived in CA. I use to run away
in the woods for weeks at a time i ran with the deers & wild animals
I was happy there well my parents & police would catch me i would ran
& out smart them & fight them when they catch me they say why did
you ran away i would say because the other kids laugh at me because i could
not larn to read every one called me the wild boy raised by wolfs so a
nice teacher lady in 6th grade started reading to me after school Tarzan
of the Apes she said that's what i was a little wild Tarzan boy she read
about half the book to me i was enjoying hearing it read for 3 days after
school she read about half it the hard back book she got me to try to read
it with just her there so kids would not laugh at me than she gave me the
book to keep that got me to start to read 32years later i still do not
read good & i still have that book so thinks to ERB i can read when
i got that Tarzan book i stoped ranning away to the woods so it tame me
sorry for going on. Akut
G. Huckenpöhler (Archimedes Q.
Porter)m generally known as Huck Born 1941, first read TARZAN OF THE APES
1947 (& permanently stunted my mental growth thereby) Member of the
Burroughs Bibliophiles since 1964 Spent 32 years as a Statistical Analyst
for the National Science Foundation, retired as soon as eligible (i. e.,
the day after my 55th birthday) Now free-lance writer and all-around authority,
stamp collector, judge at PURIPEX '97, expert at large, consultant to the
Luthan Government in Exile, and one of the founding members of the National
Capital Panthans (the Panthans hosted the ECOF Convention last year). General
know-it-all and thoroughly obnoxious character. Married 36 years to Victoria
(who has finally read APES & PRINCESS just within the past year, without
being converted). One son, 31, outgrew ERB some years ago, self-employed.
In the immortal words of W. C. Fields
(MY LITTLE CHICKADEE), "I hope that satisfies your morbid curiosity" (producing
a carefully-selected fistful of aces). AQP
Gallello (Johnny Lafitte) - married to my best friend
Linda, with three kids: Hers (Mike), mine (Kerrie), and ours (Lori). Became
an ERB fan when I decided to read Tarzan of the Apes - which I was embarrased
to buy, as I was an English Lit major in college. Now I'm not only addicted
to ERB, having read more than 60 of his books, but also to lots of other
formws of adventure/escapist fiction - like Tom Swift, Mike Mars, and so
I was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma more than 12
years ago and have been treated four times for it. The last time - 4.5
years ago, thank God! - I had back to back bone marrow transplants. Lotsa
fun - try it some time! But what helped pass those two months in the hospital
(with a month in-between at home), was reading the Pellucidar series -
and going to places as far away as you can get from the tubes and vomiting
and so on and so forth. I'm doing fine at the moment - but I'm totally
addicted to escapist fiction. Can't imagine why....
-- Koar: I was introduced to ERB when I was 12 and checked out a paperback
copy of Tarzan and the Lion Man from my local library. (A big reason to
keep ERB available in public libraries) My mother saw the book in my room
and decided to read it. We travelled through the Tarzan novels together.
When I got my first copy of Tarzan of the Apes in the 8th grade I lent
it too my English teacher. Like most people who had only watched Tarzan
in movies and TV, she was shocked and enthralled. I went through high school
with an ERB novel in hand. Through the years I turned as many people onto
my favorite author as I could. I went through a period of backsliding in
my 20's and did not read ERB. (I know...wasted years) When I went to my
local book store I saw a hard back copy of Tarzan of the Apes along with
Son of Tarzan, Tarzan at the Earth's Core, and Tarzan Triumphant. This
reignited my interest, and I am currently reading or rereading everything
I can get my hands on. Troy Mccarter Husband of Debbie (who has 3 children:
Sean, Trisha, and Troy)
(Woola) -- My wife and I have two sons. We have lived in the 4 major
time zones of the U.S., currently residing in Virginia. I teach English
at Bridgewater College, and manage to sneak in a class on science fiction
about every other year. I also "advise" a campus science fiction and fantasy
club named the Standard Bearers of Alternative Time. We are planning an
arts festival for February. If any are interested in more details and want
to come visit, let me know. We're about 2 hours southwest of D.C.
I'm using Jungle Tales of Tarzan in my senior seminar
(which begins tonight). We'll be studying the nature of the American short
story between the world wars. Of particular interest is whether stories
of this period need to be read together as gathered in collections or as
stand-alones. We will also be studying Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio, Hemingway's
In Our Time, Fitzgerald's Flappers and Philosophers, Steinbeck's The Long
Valley, and Langston Hughes's The Ways of White Folks.
Jankeloff (mj), MJnk@aol.com Senior Editor Post Production NBC
NY Associate Director SNL live in nyc with wife Kelly and 2 daughters Carre
and Jodi from previous marriage Read only nonfiction ERB one of few exceptions.
Stock, (Go-yat-thlay) married to Alix; two children: Madeleine
and Aaron. I was born and raised in John Carter's Virginia (including attending
W&M), but now living as an expatriate in Maryland. I'm an attorney,
my 3rd career (after being a laboratory chemist and editor). After 5 years
of working for a BIG FIRM, moved about a year ago to the public sector,
where I am now counsel to a Clinton appointee in a commission that adjudicates
disputes between mine operators and the Labor Dept. The only thing that
got me through my five years of private practice was my always challenging
pro bono practice representing veterans before the DVA (my hat's off to
all the vets on this list) - script by Kafka, screenplay by Orwell, concept
In addition to reading voraciously, enjoy watching birds
and butterflies, and gardening. Like Bob Hunton, would love to retire to
the Chiricahuas. Cave Creek Canyon is my top choice for the location of
Eden. Hooked on ERB since buying TARZAN OF THE APES from a drugstore paperback
rack on a beach vacation. Ron Ely was on the cover, which dates my passion.
~ Go-yat-thlay, who saw his first Trogon in Cave Creek
Canyon, in Geronimo's footsteps
Webber (Tantor), altho I have been a ERB fan for 40 years....Married
to Sally. Her three kids are Adam,,..Mandy,,...and Lisa,. I have two grown
daughters , Alicia and Deborah and five grandkids. I work for Diamond
Shamrock as a refinery Process operator, Over 30 years of shiftwork....
Been active in ERB fandom since 1964, and still contribute articles and
artwork to the various zines. Collect original artwork and the comics more
than the books. Interested in lots of other stuff: Comics, James Bond,
Modesty Blaise, the Saint, and dozens of good writers. Made a lot of friends
in ERB fandom over the years and that the best part. Tantor ( Ken Webber...Littleton,
Servello (Thoar) (DOB 1954 ~ I just missed Vietnam by months
(end of draft, thank you Richard Nixon ! ) I'm not really sure how, but
somehow by the mid sixties, at about the age of 12, I had obtained about
half a dozen hard covered Tarzans, which I was re-reading constantly. Among
them: TOTA, Return, City of Gold, the Terrible, the Golden Lion
and Ant Men. Then I discovered the Ballantine paperbacks and bought
all of them. For awhile, I only had ERB's Tarzan (and a hard cover of Monster
Men), until I discovered Tarzan at the Earth's Core (small Ace edition)
at a seventh grade book fair.I fell in love with Pellucodar and statred
added those to my collection. At about this same time, I discoverd the
Ballantine Barssom books at the Five & Ten Store in Cushing Square,
Belmont, MA (It's still there!).They were on one of those book displays
that revolved. I was mystified by the concept of an Earthman on Mars, but
quickly caught on. By the time I realized about the Ace and Ballantine
releases, I was full-swing into Burroughs. I was ordering anything I could
and one day I noticed the first four Gor books located near those of Barsoom.
I figured, why not? Again, I was hooked! Since those days I've collected
as much ERB and ERB styled writing as I can and I have rounded out my boys
series collections and ERB relaret material (thanks Flem & Wyrd).
I still am!
Beswick - G'day - speaking of ages, I see a trend here - is
Tarzan/ERB best known to previous generations (eg 25 year intervals)? An
As for myself, I am an anthropological biology honors
student, wargamer and sci-fi devotee, Christian and Australian. Simple
eh? Oh yes - I read JC/CN more than Tarzan of ERB's works....my love for
sci-fi showing there....
Deon Beswick (disguised as Lorquas Ptomel - with a silent
'p' I think......)
Zimmerman, known in some circles as "Bolthy". I am unmarried,
no children that I know of outside of two cats, Gabrial Zoe and Delilah
Noell. I live in Seattle, Washington. I build Web sites for a living. I
like some sci fi, particularly the "old stuff", and have eclectic tastes
Hodgson, married with four wonderful kids (three girls
and a boy). My first exposure to Tarzan was a hardbound youth edition of
Tarzan and the Forbidden City given to me by a cousin when I was
maybe ten. I started reading the others when Ballantine began publishing
them in the 60s. The first one of those I got was Return of Tarzan.
I couldn't find the first book until I'd read several of the others. It
must have been sold out. Went on to read most of Burrough's work, except
for the westerns and a few others I never saw. And have re-read them several
times, mostly recently starting again the other day. Thanks for the inspiration
Kala! Actually I'd been meaning to do it ever since Jo-Jo of the jungle
was on last season but never got around to it. I teach broadcast journalism
at Oklahoma State University and unfortunately don't have near as much
time for reading as I would like. I also enjoy the various Star Treks,
Mickey Spillane, SciFi and Ayn Rand.
Thanks especially for the digest. I've been lurking on
and off the list the past year but this summer was a killer 'cause I was
gone much of the time and couldn't keep up with this list's sheer volume.
Fortunately, the digest version has solved that.
Wormstedt (Kal Tavan). Married to Barbara. Two kids - Tommy
(named after a famous rock opera from 1969), and Tavia age (named after
you know who!)
Found two coverless ERBs in 1963 - Tarzan and the Jewels
of Opar and Warlord of Mars. Liked the movies, so decided to
read 'em. ERB has been my favorite author ever since. Have managed to collect/read
almost all the published ERB.
Other interests: comic books (including several hundred
Tarzan comics), 60's rock, science fiction. Oh - and a big interest in
the old liner Titanic (waiting impatiently for December 19th!) -- Bill
The Brooklyn Banth -- Hadron of Hastor.
For the moment, I be known as Hadron of Hastor. Before
that, I was variously known as ...
Mithradates of Pontus -- Master of the Sothic Mysteries,
and High Priest of the Temple of the Sun and Karnak...Ptolemy of Cappadocia
-- Guardian of the Oracle of the Colchides...and .... hmmm ...
Shadrach Holpohernes Zeus -- Commander-in-Chief of the
Royal Bactrian Camel Corps (with my noble dromedary stud, Guido).
I was introduced to Tarzan at the tender age of 2. Part
of my abused child-hood.
Abused childhood -- ROBIN HOOD stories from my father,
at bed-time. TARZAN stories from my grandfather, every morning after breakfast.
Then, HOPALONG CASSIDY and THE LONE RANGE on TV.
Abused childhood -- Tarzan, Robin Hood, Hopalong Cassidy,
and Kimo Sabe.
Favorite ERB books -- TARZAN THE TERRIBLE, WARLORD OF
MARS, OUTLAW OF TORN, maybe also THE CAVE GIRL.
Favorite ERB films -- TARZAN THE MAGNIFICENT, TARZAN GOES
TO INDIA, TARZAN'S THREE CHALLENGES, TARZAN'S GREATEST ADVENTURE.
Favorite all-time movie? Easy -- LOST HORIZON, with Ronald
The Brooklyn Banth BXSBM@CUNYVM.CUNY.EDU
Tracy Griffin (Lord Passmore), Mississippi native, Southern
California resident. I have an undergrad degree in sociology from Millsaps
College in Jackson, Mississippi, and I'm two credits short of undergrad
degrees in psych and religion. I work as a professional writer, primarily
technical stuff, but also freelance magazine articles, etc. I've penned
several feature film scripts I hope to have produced, and scripted the
Tarzan Sunday strip last summer.
I discovered ERB at age 9 via the Neal Adams Tarzan books--guess
I'm a more advanced reader than all you 40/13s ; - ) Read all the Tarzans,
followed by the Mars, followed by the Ace books. I've read "Tarzan of the
Apes" 14 times, just about everything else at least 3-5 times. Also read
Doc Savage, Conan, & ERB pastichists Farmer, Carter, Norman, et al.
Put ERB aside during my college years, to concentrate on studies, athletics,
drama, and other extracurriculars, but dusted the books off and began slowly
rereading them after moving to L.A. Joined the Burroughs Bibliophiles five
years ago and have tried to experience everything organized fandom has
to offer, including hosting the 1996 Tarzana Dum Dum (a rite of passage
for every hardcore fan).
I don't have much time to read fiction these days, since
I'm a current affairs junkie and read Time, Newsweek, L.A. Times, Wall
Street Journal, and People just about every week. Watch little television,
don't listen to much modern music--like stuff from the '70s and '80s. See
a LOT of movies, in theater, on cable, and on video.
My favorite character/book is "Tarzan of the Apes"; second
favorite, Julian 9th and "The Moon Men". To add another dimension to these
bios, Julian is the ERB character I most identify with, probably since
I have long blond hair like the Frazetta cover, and ERB was vague about
Julian's size/coloration (not many 5'11", blond ERB heroes except that
I'm currently lurking since a tech glitch prevents me
from responding directly to the list. Don't have enough time to talk much
anyway, since I'm too busy reading the oft-times noisy, overly-prolific
Why Passmore? Coz we all know who he REALLY is. . .
Lord Passmore Assuming a civilized mantle . . . for now
(von Horst) Critchfield, Have
the perfect marriage with Princess Teresa in Wilderness, Virginia. Two
children; Adam, 13 & Emily, 10. Since High School, I’ve worked for
Va Power at North Anna Nuclear Power Station. My main passion is juggling
and unicycling. Yep, balls, rings, clubs, machetes, and torches. Burroughs
comes next and I own reading copies of most of his books. My Pellucidar
webpage can be found 500 miles down at:
Patterson (Nat-ul). I have been happily married for half
of my life to Jeff. We have 2 children, Josh and Jessica. We
live in northeast Texas with our 2 dogs and 2 cats (oops, make that 4 cats...
Any one want a kitten?) I probably started reading Edgar Rice Burroughs
books on my own in about the 5th or 6th grade. However, I was aware of
the characters and stories much earlier as both of my parents are ERB fans
also. I have not had the opportunity to read everything Burroughs has written,
but I do have 68 of his books (not counting a few duplicates). Maybe someday
I will be able to complete my collection. Edgar Rice Burroughs has always
been my favorite author and I do not expect that to change in this life
time (or the next).
Wood~ (Abner Perry). The first exposure
I had to Edgar Rice Burroughs came at the age of 6 when my antique-collecting
father brought home a first edition of Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar. I
was too young to read the book, but my cousin read it to me. By the time
I was 11 I had mastered reading skills well enough to read it for myself.
This I did - many times. By the time I was 13 the book was falling apart
from constant re-reading.
When ACE Books published At the
Earth's Core in 1962 I was already haunting the local news stands searching
for science fiction. I discovered the book immediately, and recognizing
the authors' name, I decided to give it a try. At The Earth's Core was
soon followed by The Moon Maid and then Pellucidar and The Moon Men. I
was hooked. From that point on I acquired and read everything I could find
by Edgar Rice Burroughs.
Unfortunately for me, there were
few paperbacks available at that time. But fortunately for me, the foreword
to The Moon Men was written by Camille "Caz" Cazedessus, Jr., publisher
of ERBdom. Upon receiving my first issue, #5, of this unequalled fanzine
I started buying titles in hardback. At first I only purchased those books
which were not available in paper. Being only 14 at the time I had to settle
for low grade copies - after all, who could afford the sum of $600 for
a first edition of Tarzan of the Apes even if it did include a jacket?
(Oh! for those days again!)
But after 5 years of collecting,
my uncle called and I spent 26 months in Southeast Asia, effectively putting
a hold on these activities. What with the real-life adventure I was living
at the time and a marriage almost immediately after the war, I was absent
from the hobby for about 10 years. In the late 1970's I came back only
to discover that my favorite source had dried up - Caz was no longer active,
having sold his own stuff about 1978 and given up publishing ERBdom. I
began to search the rare book stores.
Ouch! Things were hard to find and
when they did show up the price was outrageous! Imagine $20-$25 for a G&D
in jacket. Well, I bit the bullet and paid the price. After all, I was
single again and working as an electrical design engineer for General Motors,
so I could afford the books even if I didn't like the price. However progress
was slow since the books were scarce even with funds now available for
Then my big break came. One of the
book stores offered to go into a partnership with me to purchase an entire
collection from a collector who was liquidating. I was to have first choice
of the 40 year collection. When the dust cleared my collection was as complete
as I thought it would ever become.
By this time the Mcclurg editions
in jacket were selling for $600 to $800 a pop, except Tanzan of the
Apes which had reached a price over $2000, and I had decided there
was nothing else to buy as long as I considered myself sane. I continued
reading the books, mostly the paperback editions. Nearly every title was
now available in paper and it was almost criminal to even handle my jacketed
firsts, let alone actually read them. So my collection just sat on the
bookshelf, taking up space, not being read, and constantly reminding me
that I might as well be looking at a $10,000 bill sitting there.
In 1988 the fatal thought struck
- why not sell off the books, not one of which had been even opened for
5 or 6 years. And so I committed what I now consider the greatest blunder
of my 52 years and sold out. More than any single event of my life, not
even excluding the ill-fated marriage of the 70's, I wish I had that decision
to make over again. But wish in one hand, as they say, and spit in the
other and see which fills first.
Now I am collecting again. This
time I am restricting myself to the reprint editions. I am shooting for
reprints in jacket but firsts are out of the question. At current prices
5 or 6 McClurg jackets would cost me more than I got for my entire collection
in 1988. And that brings you up to date on my collecting activities, except...
I now also collect classic Studebakers and have migrated into book binding.
And now, computer systems coupled with the internet, make it possible for
me to bring to fruition something I've planned and worked on for many years:
an Atlas of Edgar Rice Burroughs. The story of how much of this evolved
over the years,and the copies of the maps themselves, are featured in my
If anyone can provide any maps for
me to buy or borrow PLEASE E-MAIL ME
Editor's Note: Sadly Bruce
died of a massive heart attack in November 2009
(Waldo), Graduated from Western Maryland College with a BA in French (haven't
used it once, although Spanish which I also studied, has been a great aid).
An officer and a gentleman by Act of Congress (US Army Infantry and Military
Intelligence). Never went to Nam, Korea instead. Ten-plus years as
a municipal police officer with the cities of Arlington, TX, and later
Irving, TX. Professional actor for 22 years--you've seen me in Bermuda
Triangle, License to Kill, Split Image, Play Dead, Beasts Are in the Streets,
Jesse Owens Story, and Handgun (Played the parts of cops in all but Triangle--wonder
why?). Been with the state prison system (TX Dept of Criminal Justice)
the last 15 years--just finished a stint as warden of a substance abuse
treatment prison, then in January they Made Me An Offer I Could Not Refuse--I
am now the Director of substance abuse treatment for the entire state (and
it's a big one). Been reading ERB for 40+ years, starting with Mastermind.
Haven't re-read many of them in years, so I'm a bit rusty, re: trivia.
I certainly enjoy the repartee on the list. I am fortunate that my mom
didn't throw away my books while I was gone away, and I still have just
about all of my hardbacks from when I bought them in the 50's and 60's.
Most are G&D, Burt, and ERBINC reprints. I since have augmented them
with some 1st's, many pb's, and related stuff, like The Readers Guide to
Barsoom and Amtor by Dave Van Arnam. Married for ten years to Becky (a
voracious reader, but not of ERB-- she likes King, Koontz, Grafton, and
other mystery writers. I also like King & Koontz, as well as Howard,
Glen Cook,Dave Duncan, and other SF/Fantasy authors. I selected Waldo as
my persona, because I liked Cave Girl, and because Waldo is also a character
in a book by Robert Heinlein, another giant of speculative fiction. Also
it's short, and I'm not like him.
Adams (Nkima). He taught music for
36 years, mostly in Bird Island, Minnesota and was more than ready to retire
in 2001. He is married and has two children, a son, who graduated
from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and a daughter, who graduated
from The College of St. Catherine with a major in English and presently
works as a librarian. His wife also has a degree from St. Catherine's,
and works as a county social worker who specializes in the treatment of
the chemically dependent.
Adams is a modest collector of the
works of ERB, and finds his greatest joy in this hobby by writing about
these works and communicating with his Burroughs friends via the internet.
He is also a great fan of Jack London, Mark Twain, Kipling, Doyle, and
He spent about 25 years writing
poetry for small press magazines, and while writing his autobiography rediscovered
his childhood love for Burroughs during the summer of 1994. His brother,
"the lion man" is also a great fan of ERB. They have been extremely
close since childhood, spending many happy years in the trees together.
Adams is a fanatical ERB scholar
who seems to be everywhere in the journals and on the internet. His
driving force is the desire to see that the works of his favorite author
achieve recognition as a truly great addition to understanding the human
condition. Burrough the story-teller wrote fantasy for the entertainment
of the masses, yet his work contains a core of truth that can expand our
understanding of humanity in a fundamental way. Like every writer, Burroughs
has his wrinkles and warts, yet
his output is unique in its delving
into unexplored regions of the human psyche.
|Nkima’s Tale by Nkima
One day when I was just a balu riding
upon my mother’s back we were surprised by a cunning Sheeta in the tall,
leafy branches of our jungle home. My mother fled from the terrible
fangs and rending claws of the savage beast, and in her haste through the
middle terraces, I lost my grip on her silky fur and fell to the ground
I lay unconscious in great danger
and awakened in terror when I felt the warm breath of a strange creature
breathing into my face. When I finally saw that it was not Sheeta
but a large Tarmangani that held me close, I struggled to escape, but I
had not the strength to do more than twist and whimper. He held me
in his strong hands and whispered soothing sounds in the language of the
mangani, and thus comforted, my struggles ceased.
For a long time I slept, and when
I finally awoke, I tried to raise my head from the soft place I lay, making
the sound that would bring my mother. A she-Tarmangani appeared over
my nest, cooing softly like a dove, and she stroked my head with a gentle
hand. A strange smelling nipple slipped into my mouth, and I suckled
upon the warm milk of a new mother. Again, I slept.
When I awoke the third time, I looked
around my nest and saw that I was in a unfamiliar cave with walls of
earth, smoothly packed. Melodious sounds from birds came from an
opening in the walls of the cave, so I knew I was in my jungle home.
Surely my mother must be near.
Again I made the soft call that
would bring my mother, and this time the tall He-Tarmangani who had first
lifted me came into view. I raised my head to see him clearly, and
again I heard the quiet, muttering sounds of the mangani. He touched
my lips with his own and stroked my head with gentle fingers, and I crept
into his arms like a balu who had found his mother.
When I was strong enough to leave
my nest, I began to explore this strange new cave. I learned that
I was in the world of one called, “White-skin” -- his mate was called,
“Jane.” They were very kind to me, feeding me from a tiny bottle,
and soon I was able to scamper about their entire home.
I followed the Tarmangani wherever
they went, especially the male, who lived with but one mate. There
were others who came and went -- Gomangani, who set out food and moved
dirt about the floors with sticks made from stiff plants, which I loved
The one called “White-skin” became
my best friend in this world. Only he could talk to me with the tongue
of the mangani. I asked him often about my mother, but he only answered
by holding my hand and murmuring in his quiet way. Soon I learned
to ride about upon his broad shoulder without being afraid, and I had no
need to ask questions.
I was still frightened by noises
in the night, especially by the sounds made by Sheeta, the leopard, screeching
in the forest beyond the walls of our cave. Whenever I was overcome
by these feeling of dread, I ran to my comforter who put out his great
arms to receive me, and from my perch upon his shoulders I dared the world
to find me there, Nkima, the bravest, mightiest creature of the forest!
Greer (Tasor of Gathol) - Unmarried - No Children - M.A.
English - thesis titled "From Africa to Mars: The Political, Social, and
Moral Commentaries of Edgar Rice Burroughs" - USMC Desert Storm Veteran
- VP of Business Development in E-business company (www.brightstar.com)
supplying e-commerce solutions to fortune 2000 companies - Louisiana resident
but job requires constant travel mostly to San Francisco, Los Angeles,
Dallas, Austin, Houston, and Chicago - coming soon to a city near you.
53, I prefer to remain a man of mystery
Edsinger ~ San Jose, CA ~ D.O.B. 6/6/60
Kaor all! I'm a guy living in San Jose, CA. I work
for an R & D electronic company that started in the LED watch business
and has grown over the years into all sorts of small devices utilizing
LCD displays. We currently manufacture the guts for SCUBA computers, remote
reading gas meters, RPM meters for small engines and will probably be the
first company to manufacture SMART GUN technology, rendering guns unable
to fire unless a wristwatch containing a micro chip is within a foot of
the gun (hopefully putting a stop to tragic accidents involving children).
As for my interests, since I was a lad of 8, I have been
a performer in stage plays and musicals, recently did a stint as an extra
for Opera San Jose and performed in various Rock bands at local gin mills,
sometimes performing with original members of the Santana band. I also
do Renaissance Faires in full regalia, one of the largest and original
Faires being held just north of me for the last 20-30 years. I also enjoy
fencing with foils.
Always a voracious reader, I devoured all the Hardy Boys
stories by 11 yrs., sometimes deviating into Agatha Christie. Some of the
classics were also read, so I had read some Dickens, Melville, Dumas, Stevenson,
Defoe by then, as well. Then in 1973 or 74, my Dad gave me some old
ERB hardbacks he rescued from Grandma's storage. These were books he'd
had as a kid. They were "Thuvia" in the ERB reprint edition, and
"Jungle Tales", "Golden Lion", and "Ant Men" in the Madison Square editions.
I read "Thuvia" first and immediately fell in love! Then I read the Tarzans.
I think if I ever take a persona it will probably be Komodoflorensal!
What a great tongue twister! He also had a noble, scrappy character.
My Father encouraged any reading I wanted to do, so he bought me any ERB
paperback he could find at the bookstore. So I got a lot of the Barsooms
with the D'Achille covers, and the Tarzans with Boris and Adams covers.
Along with all the Pellucidar, Venus books. The Dover books also came in
handy. I read and re-read and then read again all those books, later involving
REH's heroic fiction as well.
As a grown person, I visited the used bookstores and found
all the other books in PB that I could find, which were all of them, eventually,
except for Farris's and Efficiency Expert.And The Tarzan Twins.I later
started to collect the Hardbacks I could find, most obtained from an old
guy who ran a bookstore with probably 300 Burroughs novels in HB! He had
all sorts of G&D stuff plus a nice shelf of first editions. When he
closed I bought at least one copy of every G&D title he had at liquidation
prices. Some were pretty worn.
Through the years I've pretty much exhausted all the used
bookstores here in the San Francisco Bay Area of their Burroughs stock.
Some of my collection I've sold (what a dope!) and am now rebuilding somewhat.
I used to own everything but Girl From Farris's. Now, in rebuilding phase,
aided by the internet, I do now own all of ERB's works in one form or other.
The last one being Tarzan and the Tarzan Twins, obtained just last week!
I also have an extensive collection of the works of H.
Rider Haggard, all in hardbound, which numbers almost 50 titles, of which
I'm inordinately fond.
I joined the ERBCOF about a year ago and have really enjoyed
interacting with folks like George McWhorter and Bob Zueschner.
I think that's way too much for now! Hope to meet all
of you at a DumDum!