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ERBzine 0017
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FANS ON THE NET I

FOR MUG SHOTS GO TO
FANS ON THE NET II: SCRAPBOOK
Richard C. (Dick) Spargur (Joog, The Giant of Mars) ~ rspargur@woh.rr.com
David Burton (John Carter) ~ davidb@leeb.mv.com
James A. Bergen ~ warlordmars@webtv.net
Jeffrey B Gibson ~ jgibson000@comcast.net
John Barnes (Gahor of Gathol) ~ John.Barnes@Greif.com
Kenneth W. Fuchs (Thandar), temclayton@hotmail.com
Mary Margaret ~ Amar, shenandoah_gifts@hotmail.com
Diana Barbour, diana@calweb.com
Dawn Jehs (Ghek), aldyndskies@yahoo.com
Jeff Long (Elmo Lincoln), jefflong@livenet.net
Robert Woodley (Tarak),  rwoodley@worldnet.att.net
James, jetan@ionet.net
Kala, lgodin@apk.net
Steve Wadding (Ghak the Hairy One),  svwadding@comcast.net
Usha,  dhowell@cyberportal.net
Flem Chapmancasper@bright.net
Terry Alan Klasekevharben@simm.net
Dennis Wilcutt (Predator Seven),  dwilcutt@glasgow-ky.com
Jim Thompson, ThompsonJ@apsu.edu
Alan Winterrowd, awinterrowd@parlorcity.com
Bob Hunton, (Shoz Lekay) rhunton@together.net
Rod (Rick ) Hunsicker,  (Nu, son of Nu), rodney@fast.net
William H. Hedges, (Kar Komak) whedges@sprintmail.com
Bob Zeuschner, rbzeuschner@earthlink.net
Bill Hillman, (Jeddak of the North), hillmans@westman.wave.ca
Sue-On Hillman, (Dejah Thoris), hillmans@westman.wave.ca
Bruce Bozarth, (Tangor), tangor@erblist.com
Wayne E. James, (TinTin) wejames2@earthlink.net
Mike  (Akut) mikofreako@webtv.net
J. G. Huckenpöhler (Archimedes Q. Porter)  Jhuckenp@aol.com
Vor Daj,  edmonds@freewwweb.com
Joe Gallello (Johnny Lafitte), STINYJoeG@aol.com
Troy Mccarter, Troy@earthling.net
Stan Galloway (Woola), sgallowa@bridgewater.edu
Mark Jankeloff (mj),  MJnk@aol.com
Tom Stock, (Go-yat-thlay) TSTOCK@FMSHRC.GOV
H.R.H. The Rider, borealis@nwrain.com
Ken Webber (Tantor), shade2@gte.net
Steve Servello (Thoar), STEVESEG@aol.com
Joan Bledig (J the V), JtheV@aol.com
Deon Beswick (Lorquas Ptomel), beswick@dynamite.com.au
Jeremy Zimmerman (Bolthy), jeremy@cobaltgroup.com
Jack Hodgson, jghodgs@okway.okstate.edu
Bill Wormstedt (Kal Tavan), Wormstedt@worldnet.att.net
Bruce Salen (Hadron - Brooklyn Banth)  BXSBM@CUNYVM.CUNY.EDU
Scott Tracy Griffin (Lord Passmore), GriffiT@towers.com
David (von Horst) Critchfield, vonHorst@va.prestige.net
Elizabeth Patterson (Nat-ul),  elizabethp@texramp.net
Bruce Wood (Abner Perry), bwood@strato.net
Bob Hibbard (Waldo), rhib46@hotmail.com
David Adams (Nkima), davidadams@willmar.com
Rob Greer (Tasor of Gathol), rob.greer@brightstar.com
OJT (OJT), OJT@lamontcranston.com
Russell Edsinger, rjamese@yahoo.com

To see what some of this motley crew looks like...Go to the
 http://www.erbzine.com/mag0/0017a.html
Mug shots are always welcome here... so send 'em on over.

FAN BIOS
 
Richard C. (Dick) Spargur AKA "Joog, The Giant of Mars" ~ rspargur@woh.rr.com
Coming soon in ERBzine: A Burroughs Biblio-Pro-Phile and ERBapa Reprint:
ERB IN MY LIFE

David Burton (John Carter) davidb@leeb.mv.com
Born in Manchester, New Hampshire in 1960 his earliest artistic influences were comic books. David is a mostly self taught artist, he has also teaches a free art class for anyone willing to participate at his town's library, every Monday night. David has claimed that he is able to teach anyone how to draw and paint and to this date, he has not met anyone who has taken his class that he hasn't been able to teach how to draw and paint. He became a Burroughs fan when watching the 1960's, “Tarzan” television show at the age of 6 and talking his father into buying him the first book, which he then proceeded to read on his own. After that he was hooked. Having illustrated several Burroughs stories, he looks forward do illustrating the rest Mars and Tarzan series as well as other ERB novels. His work as won praise from fans and critics alike at his unique, new vision of these stories. He has won numerous awards for his work is is highly sought after by Burroughs fans for private commissions.

Aside from art, David produced, directed and written a television commercial, written a script for a short film (which was made), worked in special effects, done some light stunt work, has acted in films and is a published poet and author.
Guide to David's Galleries in ERBzine


Jim Bergen:  I was born in 1948 in Alva, OK, and have lived in Oregon for 50 years. A scholar I am not, but I work at keeping up with the prices of ERB books. I put my first Price and Reference Guide to Books Written by Edgar Rice Burroughs together in 1986. It was a blue booklet with 25 pages. There were 100 of these printed with no prices or pictures. The Second Edition was red with no price on the cover. There 50 printed and they were gold numbered and signed by me. This edition was 46 pages with pictures of some of the books and prices of the books (first try). These two were sold at the 1989 Dum Dum. There were also 500 more "red" copies made with the price $9.95 on cover. It was sold by mail. Then, in 1991 came the one featured at the ERB C.H.A.S.E.R. site: There were 2,000 of these 214-page books printed -- also  there were 51 hardbacks numbered and signed and leather bound from Borgo Press. The book that I have now is a leather hardback of over 600 pages with 400 pictures of books and 150 pictures of the art. It is also inlayed in gold on the cover. This Book covers all of ERB's books and more. I now print my book 50 at a time and I have just updated it. I sell it for $125.00. The book weighs over 5 pounds but I pay all postage and handling costs. Any fans wanting to know more about the various ERB editions or about the Guide can contact me at:
warlordmars@webtv.net
James A. Bergen, Jr.
P.O. Box 681 
Beaverton, Oregon 97075    USA


Jeffrey Baldwin Gibson is schizophrenic. While he has been involved in voice over work  since he moved to Chicago some nineteen years ago, he is also a professional academic and holds degrees in Philosophy and Theater from Purdue University and an M.A. and a D.Phil in Theology from Oxford University.  His stage work includes stints with Court Theater, Chicago Rep, and Apple Tree Theater and has been signed with Voices Unlimited for donkeys years.  But he has also authored  The Temptations of Jesus in Early Christianity (Sheffield University Press) and numerous articles that have appeared in professional academic journals.  Describing himself as an almost pretty face who gives good phone, he is pleased to be making his first "appearance(?)" in Radio Theater at NATF.  He did not win the hot dog eating contest in fourth grade, but he did win a KDKA TV sponsored Tarzan Yell Contest in fifth
jgibson000@comcast.net


John Barnes aka Gahor of Gathol
I was first introduced to Burroughs by a well loved Engish teacher in the 7th grade.  He loaned me the Barsoom books as well as the Amtor ones and I relished reading them late into the night by way of flashlight.  Since then I have always had John Carter as my ideal of a hero.  The Fighthing Smile, the ever present reminder.... "I Still Live."  I reread the books early in my marriage and enjoyed them as much as the first time, if not more.  About that time I was slowly collecting G&D volumes of Mars (got most of them!) and Frazetta print covers of lots of other Burroughs material.  Just in the last month, I aquired the final book club Mars book with the Frazetta illustrations.

I like chess and am happy to say I am at last finding people to play Jetan with!

Barsoom is my love, but I'm slowly making my way though the other Burroughs books in my collection.
John.Barnes@Greif.com


Kenneth W. Fuchs, aka Thandar
I am a retired high school English teacher.  I was born in Portland, Oregon, but have lived in Texas since I was six years old.  I grew up in Beaumont, Texas, and when I was in the eleventh-grade, I became interested in my family’s German heritage on both parents’ sides.  I earned a B.A. in English at Lamar University in Beaumont (1966) and also lived in Germany for one year (1964-65). After spending a year in graduate school at Baylor University, I served for two years teaching English as a Peace Corps volunteer on Cheju Island, South Korea (1968-69).  In 1970 I began teaching English and later German at Temple High School in Temple, Texas.  I retired in May 2000 and have not found a minute to get bored since then.

I read my first Tarzan book (Lord of the Jungle) in 1955 when I was in the seventh grade and have been a Burroughs fan ever since.  I also enjoy reading mysteries and historical fiction.  I collect audio books and have over 1000 titles, a number of them works by ERB.  I also have three Jack Russell terriers which keep my company and always need attention.  Currently I am busy translating a 475-page autobiographical novel written in German by my great-great-grandfather, a Lutheran minister who brought the Fuchs family to Texas in 1845.
temclayton@hotmail.com


Mary 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.
Amar
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Diana Barbour
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 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.

Diana


Dawn 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 his writing 
Dawn


Jeff "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:
http://www.geocities.com/Area51/5236
E-mail: jefflong@livenet.net
Flem 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 football.....Flem 

Terry Alan Klasek (Erich von Harben).  Married  to Diane. Three daughters; Christy 21, Sandy 16, and Deborah 10.

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!


Kaor!Jim Thompson here: 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.


Bob 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.

Alan Winterrowd, 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 awinterrowd@parlorcity.com Visit Alan's Eclectic Homepage http://www.parlorcity.com/awinterrowd
Visit the World of Shanidar http://www.geocities.com/~shanidar 


Bob Hunton, rhunton@together.net 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 
Rod Hunsicker (usually called Rick though). rodney@fast.net 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: http://www.geocities.com/Area51/Dimension/4511/ 
Dennis 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.
Predator Seven 


William H. Hedges. whedges@sprintmail.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 
Bill & Sue-On Hillman~ Jeddak of the North ~ Warlord of Words [JoN >< WoW]  Born in Strathclair, Manitoba
Sue-On 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 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
BILL & SUE-ON HILLMAN ECLECTIC STUDIO
http://www.hillmanweb.com
http://home.westman.wave.ca/~hillmans
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:
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 http://www.erbzine.com/mag5/0573.html

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Kala, lgodin@apk.net 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 
David 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
bruce.bozarth@att.net

 
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 all.

Steve Wadding ~ Ghak the Hairy One, svwadding@comcast.net 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. 


Wayne E. James,  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.
Wayne
(who has no intention of moving back to the country)
wejames2@earthlink.net
http://home.earthlink.net/~wejames2
Wayne James Memorial


Mike: 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

J. 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


Joe 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.... 


Troy 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) 
Stan 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. 
sgallowa@bridgewater.edu


Mark 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.
MJnk@aol.com
Tom 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 footsteps
TSTOCK@FMSHRC.GOV


Ken 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, Colorado..)
shade2@gte.net
Steve 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!

Thoar/Steve Servello
STEVESEG@aol.com


Deon 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......)
 beswick@dynamite.com.au


I'm Jeremy 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.
jeremy@cobaltgroup.com
Jack 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.
jghodgs@okway.okstate.edu


Bill 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
Wormstedt@worldnet.att.net



Bruce Salen.... 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 Coleman.

Anon, Mangani...
The Brooklyn Banth    BXSBM@CUNYVM.CUNY.EDU


I'm Scott 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
GriffiT@towers.com



David (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:
http://www.geocities.com/Area51/Shadowlands/6696/pellucidar.html
(gilaks welcome)
vonHorst@va.prestige.net


Elizabeth 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).
elizabethp@texramp.net

Bruce 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 their purchase.

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 ERBAtlas Website at:
http://abnerperry.virtualave.net/

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



Bob Hibbard, (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.
rhib46@hotmail.com


David 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.
davidadams@willmar.com

 
Nkima’s Tale by Nkima (David Adams)

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 far below.

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 to attack.

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!

4/15/99



Rob 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.
E-Mail: rob.greer@brightstar.com


OJT (OJT), 53, I prefer to remain a man of mystery


Russell 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!
rjamese@yahoo.com

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