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 Plan.
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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 years.
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 came to
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
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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). email@example.com 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
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
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,
Hillman ~Dejah Thoris :~ Born
in Southern China
~Married for over 40 years...3 kids: ~(William
Ja-On Campbell H., William Robin Li-Chan Monroe H., China-Li Jade Ma-Ri
~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 at:
C.H.A.S.E.R. Online Encyclopedia
Chart to the ERB COSMOS Links to over 10,000 of our ERB sites
email@example.com 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
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
|Tangor (Bruce Bozarth)
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
(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 on.
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....
McCarter -- 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)
Galloway (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
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 by Heller.
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
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
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 old-fashioned hero?
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 everywhere else.
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 Wormstedt
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
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 Coleman.
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 goof Carson).
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 posts.
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
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 their
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 H.G. Wells.
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
~ 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
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!