Edgar Rice Burroughs Tribute Site
1996 ~ Over 10,000 Webpages in Archive
A BURROUGHS BIBLIO-PRO-FILE
JOAN "J the V" BLEDIG
OkaR 'n' R Mission to Canada
J the V fleeing Winnipeg Airport security forces
after they confiscate her luggage and laptop
Officials became suspicious when they noted computer
filenames such as:
Scientists Revolt ~ Resurrection
of Jimber Jaw ~ Land of Terror ~
Tarzan Clans of America Handbook
~ I Am A Barbarian ~ Again a World Upheaval ~
Armageddon ~ Condemned to Torture
and Death ~ Down Trails of Terror ~
Headless Humans ~ Holocaust
~ Plotting Revolution ~ Traveling with Terror ~ We Must Both Die! ~
and a highly suspicious Webpage
comprised of subversive code names.
JoN & Joan make friends with one of the many
Winni bears that appear around the city that inspired Winnie the Pooh.
Joan bonds with the first Canadian animal she
meets -- JoN, worried about her safety, shrieks in horror.
On the way from the airport Joan recognizes and
snaps a photo of
the famous Hudson Bay Co. 'trading post' in downtown
A new experience for Joan and Den as Sue-On
takes them shopping in a Chinatown Supermarket.
Joan, Sue-On and Bill are joined in Chinatown
by ERBzine contributor
who has driven down from his home in The Pas
to meet Joan over Dim Sum.
Joan's favourite is Chinese barbecue duck.
JoN falls into the clutches of the guard lion
at the entrance. Joan displays an unusual fascination with ducks.
Den, well-known in the city for his sf writing,
leads his fellow ERB fans on a book crawl through his favourite book dens.
Joan, in preparation for her upcoming Dum-Dum/ECOF
panel discussion on Tarzan's Jane, finds a copy of Tarzan's Quest.
Bill takes away a copy of Mike Resnick's The
Branch which contains a dedication to Joan Bledig.
Joan arrives at the OkaR&R HQ in Brandon.
Daughter China-Li Hillman welcomes J the V to
the Hillmans' Brandon abode & Amtorian Garden.
DAY ~ JULY 1
Joan visits the July 1st celebrations held at
the Wheat City's Riverbank complex where she receives
a special Canada Day massage from Hillman son
Ja-On, a licensed massage therapist.
A dinner visit with Sue-On's 98-year-old
mother while the chef does the duck wok.
J the V adopts Po-Po as her northern grannie
and samples the Canadian-Cantonese fare.
After the roast duck is served J the V trades
her chopsticks for
a more familiar weapon in an attempt to fend
off JoN's assault on her bird.
After supper everyone moves to the south deck
to watch the July 1st Canada Day fireworks over the Assiniboine valley.
A visit to the Bison range in Riding Mountain
National Park is a bit of a disappointment.
The buffalo herd is hiding in the trees. Joan
finds the only Buf that wants to come out to play.
Joan draws upon her mangani vocabulary to communicate
with the local wildlife.
Unfortunately her careless use of the words
"kreegah" and "bundolo" upset the local denizens,
including a huge carnivorous flying squirrel.
Joan and Dejah are forced to make a hasty retreat
with beasties in fast pursuit.
Before their rescue by park rangers, Joan
the Vicious is brutally attacked by a ferocious Canvasback duck.
The result is a badly sprained ankle and various
the V's DESERT ADVENTURE
Sara the camel welcomes the ERB travellers to
Manitoba's only desert
-- the Carberry dunes in Spruce Woods Park --
once the home of Ernest Thompson
Grandson Soulin Hillman joins the desert caravan.
Joan leaves the desert covered wagon and
embarks on a tour of the dunes.
Ever on the lookout for bands of raiding
Shiftas, JoN and Soulin look back from the top of the first dune.
View from the first dune. The whole area is one
of rolling sand dunes -- many of them now covered by spruce forest.
The sand is part of a delta that was deposited
after the last ice age by glacial meltwater flowing into Lake Agassiz.
On the way to the third dune. JoN and Soulin
promise Joan that there is an oasis just over the next dune.
Parched dry and thirsty by the desert sun,
Joan leads the team and wagon to the Devil's
Joan overlooks the Devil's Punch Bowl
with the meandering Assiniboine River in the
A visit to JoN's office and classroom at Brandon
Joan takes a tutorial in Webpage design.
Homework: "Joan the Victim" experiences the harsh
discipline with which JoN conducts his classes.
Tools of the Canadian college system include
sabres, bull whips, pistols and knives -- and computers.
Joan is chained to the computer desk until she
successfully creates her first Web pages.
See the results at: www.JtheV.com
China-Li and Joan say goodbyes at the Kensington
Atticus the Calot begs to go along to the airport.
A side-trip to Hillmans' Maple Grove country
to check out all the packrat collections.
On the way to the airport, Joan takes one last
photo of the Hillmans
at Winnipeg's favourite ice cream parlour.
Winging back to the Windy City via Canvasback
THE JOAN BLEDIG BIBLIO-PRO-PHILE