Edgar Rice Burroughs Tribute Site
1996 ~ Over 10,000 Webpages and Webzines in Archive
(Rescue & Respite ~ Rest & Recreation)
Most Burroughs fans are familiar with the
various ERB gatherings and conventions in the U.S.:
The Dum-Dum, ECOF, etc.
But more and more fans are becoming aware of a unique
Canadian event -
OKAR'n'R: Rescue & Respite
which provides rest and recreation
for ERB fans who find themselves lost, stranded or
while travelling in the wild northern regions of Okar
- the Forbidden Land.
Our latest OKAR'n'R event plays host to
Joog, the Giant and his princess, Joogina
known by some by their Jasoomian names:
Dick and Ginnie Spargur
and Joogina, the Spargurs, arrived in Winnipeg via train from Churchill
in the far northern regions of Okar. To impress the two passengers from
Dayton, Ohio, the "Bullet Express," from Churchill to Winnipeg via Pukatawagan,
set amazing speed records and made the trip in record time -- only three
To celebrate we went immediately to Chinatown where Ginnie
gave us all a lesson in chopstick technique. After a week of surviving
on Beluga whale blubber in Churchill they were ready to tackle everything
on the Dim Sum cart: chicken feet, shark fin soup, pork and shrimp dumplings,
jelly fish, squid noodles, hundred-year-old eggs and sticky rice in lotus
leaves. Joog's knowledge of Asian culinary oddities was impressive -- he
didn't even attempt to eat the lotus leaf wrapping on the sticky rice packets.
The only disappointment was that there was no southern-style pork brains
a la the Clarksville ECOF adventure of a few summers ago. Before we left
the table Ginnie demonstrated a another very practical use for chopsticks
by showing how they could be used for after-dinner tooth brightening (see
on the agenda was the mandatory ERB book crawl. The most successful stop
on this literary safari was at the exclusive, appointment-only Greenfield
Books. Dick had made numerous cyber purchases through this store's
Website over the years and was looking forward to perusing their wares
"in the flesh." Joog used his height to great advantage as he was able
to peer into ceiling level shelves inaccessible to most customers, where
he discovered a few rare dust-covered volumes -- lonely tomes that begged
for a new home in the land to the south. We left Dick and Ginnie to explore
downtown Winnipeg, while we attended son Ja-On's graduation from the Wellington
College massage therapy program.
Wellington College graduation at the historic
Fort Garry Hotel complex.
Sue-On, Ja-On, Ja's tired little boy Soulin, Bill,
and our daughter China-Li
the time we rejoined the southern giant and his princess a few hours later
they were lounging contentedly in easy chairs in the McNally-Robinson Bookstore
coffee shop, poring over an imported copy of USA Today. Having been
isolated in the north for a week they were desperate for news from their
homeland. By now we were ready for more sustenance but not before
we strolled through one of the artsy districts of the city. We were headed
for a Greek restaurant when we were sidetracked by a "retro-candy" store.
By the time we entered the restaurant we were weighted down with bags of
Cracker Jack, Pink Elephant and Big Top Popcorn, licorice cigars and pipes,
Thrills (chiclet style gum with a soap taste), Pop Rocks (exploding candy
nuggets), jelly babies, chocolate coated ants and coffee beans, coke in
chewable wax bottles and a variety of novelty items, normally found only
in the ad pages of old comic books. A two-and-a-half hour journey to the
west on the Trans Canada highway brought us home before dark -- about 10
o'clock -- summer days are long in Okar.
a warm, slobbery greeting by China-Li's giant four-legged white calot,
Atticus, our guests were given a quick tour of the OkaR 'n' R digs and
wearily retired to the guest room. We offered to customize the oak
bed by cutting out leg room but our visitors graciously declined, saying
they would manage somehow by dangling their feet over the foot board. They
seemed to feel right at home among the Tarzan posters, stuffed mangani,
and other jungle artifacts that decorated the room. We are especially proud
of the hand-made jungle quilts that our friends Billy and Bonnie York presented
to us at a Tarzana gathering
a few years ago. The quilts are the envy of our friends and a topic of
discussion among visitors to our lair.
We spent Friday morning helping a service man install
another satellite dish antennae to give us a few more channels at the computer
desk in our ERBzine office. Then, after an exhausting, in-depth tour around
the city of Brandon
(20 minutes), we headed north on a wildlife photo safari to Riding Mountain
National Park. The Spargurs got some good shots of bears and bison roaming
the wild and along the highway, as well as in penned areas. The hunt was
successful. We had barbequed bison steak for supper.
Ginnie photographing a black bear at roadside
.Savage Cave Bear
Joog trumpeting a buffalo call and
photographing the charging bulls
Sue-On and Ginnie on the trail through the
Bison compound at Lake Audy
Three buffalo hunters take a break from the hunt
Joog and JoN attempt to breach the Bison enclosure
Two bulls battle for supremacy
Joog arouses the curiosity of a bison cow and calf
Fearless Joog and Joogina among the herd: Milking
PIPER'S FAREWELL CEREMONY
On Saturday morning, before our departure for Winnipeg,
our friend Don Roy -- a military piper, and China-Li's bagpipe instructor
-- regaled our friends (and neighbours) with a special concert of Scottish
melodies in our Amtorian Garden. China-Li did a few Highland Dance steps
while Atticus wailed along mournfully with the pipes. After a short jam
session we embarked on a journey that would eventually take Joog and his
Princess to a southern-bound flier... but not before a day of exciting
and often danger fraught visits to treacherous Okarian palaces, dense Manator-ban
jungles and lavish tribal feasts.
Inspired by the exciting celtic music of the pipes, Joog
and JoN descend
to the subterranean music room where they jam old jazz
and pop standards.
ACROSS THE RIVER ISS
The wanderers take a footbridge across the River Iss,
enter the courtyard of an Okarian palace
and become lost in the Manator-ban jungles.
The two warriors look for their princesses
who have wandered off into the jungle.
Joog rescues JoN
from the cluthes of the deadly plant men.
Joog and JoN climb to the upper
terraces to escape the jungle denizens.
Fearless Joog takes to the vines through the upper
JoN goes along for the ride.
Joog the Mighty.
On the final evening of the
Jed Raz of Okar and his princess
bride threw a lavish banquet
in honour of the travellers
from the southland.
The start of an 11-course Okarian feast.
Okarian Jed and Princess make a ceremonial floral
to their guests of honour, Joog and Joogina.
A few hours later, Joog and his Princess winged safely
back to the land of O-Hi-O.
Their daring adventures and exploits across perilous
will be recounted and remembered for many years by their
Upon our return home we happened to glance into the now-empty guest
On the bed ~ framed by our York jungle quilt ~ was one of the rarest
of Tarzan items.
Tarzan On Mars ~ a pastiche by John Bloodstone,
personally handbound by Richard Spargur.
We had admired this very limited edition
when it sold for over $300 at the Louisville Dum-Dum 03 auction.
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