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Volume 0259
Jasoom - Tarzana - Africa - Pellucidar
BarsoomSasoomVanah - LunaAmtor - Cosoom
The Many Worlds of
Edgar Rice Burroughs Signature
"The master of imaginative fantasy adventure... ...the creator of Tarzan and...
...the 'grandfather of science-fiction'"

ERB ECLECTICA 2000.01.21
Part of the ERBzine Eclectica Series

1. Vernell Coriell Obituary
2. Ken Maynard's Wonder Horse, Tarzan
3. Enchanted Tales: Tarzan of the Apes (1999) - A Review
4. Tarzan: The Legendary King of the Jungle
5. ERB Letter to All-Story Magazine
6. ERB Letter to Blue Book Magazine
7. ERB Letter to Owosso, Michigan Argus-Press letter
8. Web Wanderings: Greystoke Castle
9. Crossed Paths: HMCS Prince Robert: Hillman War Journals
10. A New ERB Alternate History Novel by Frank X. Blisard
11. Uchronia Alternate History Site
12. R.I.P. Hymie Lichenstein

1. Vernell Coriell Obituary:
Pekin Daily Times
Friday, January 16, 1987

Vernell W. Coriell, 68 of 261 Geraldine Dr., Cincinnati, Ohio, formerly of Pekin, died Thursday morning, Jan. 15, 1987, at his home.

The Fredericks Funeral Home, Cincinnati, is in charge of arrangements.

Born Sept. 22, 1918, in Pekin, he was the son of Vern and Edna Hooper Coriell. He married Lawrence Dupree June, 1979. She survives at Mount Holly, N.C.

Also surviving are one stepson, Thomas DuPree of Urbana; three stepdaughters, Linday Ballard of Greenville, N.C., Patsy Barrow and Shirly Amburgy, both of Raleigh, N.C.; one stepgranddaughter, Maria Ballard of Greenville, and two stepgrandsons, Lee and Brian Butler, both of Raleigh; and one brother, Earl of Cincinnati; and an uncle and aunt.

One brother and one sister preceded him in death.

Mr. Coriell served in World War II with the 105th Parachute Battalion. He worked as a performer with various circuses and he also originated the House of Grey Stoke club.

More on Vern Coriell - Founder of the Burroughs Bibliophiles at: ERBzine 0655

2. Ken Maynard's Wonder Horse, Tarzan
ERB gave western star, Ken Maynard, permission to call his "Wonder Horse," TARZAN,
but became more than a little peeved when one of Maynard's movies was billed:
Carry On, Tarzan.

Ken Maynard's Tarzan
Ken Maynard's Wonder Horse

3. Enchanted Tales: Tarzan of the Apes (1999)
Sony / Clamshell Video
There have been mixed reviews on this animated video. The following is the only one which has been submitted to the site:
(reproduced here with the permission of Mr. Nickens)

An absolutely dreadful abomination of a classic hero.
Reviewer: Enos L. Nickens
from Virginia July 19, 1999

This is probably the shortest review that I will ever write. I have seen many incarnations of this character, and while I will be the first to admit that I have not seen the Disney feature, there is no way that it can be any worse than this. There was no originality involved in this project at all, even the songs were incredibly lame and the one thing that made this even more lame was Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries" at the beginning of the film which had no relevence to the film at all. On a personal note, it is a shame that the 1976 CBS animated TV series, "Tarzan, Lord of The Jungle" is not available on home video so that the producers of this film could have had some foundation for the making of this film because it contained great animation, storylines and an appreciation for the character that is not seen here.

4. Tarzan: The Legendary King of the Jungle
A three-tape set featuring
the documentary Investigating Tarzan,
Tarzan the Fearless and Tarzan and the Trappers

5. Letter to the Editor
All-Story Magazine
May, 1913
My Dear Sir:
It has been with feelings of considerable amusement that I have read your various references to me and other writers in your highly interesting "Table-Talk."

I am constrained to believe, however, that a continuation of this policy cannot but fail to produce in the minds of magazine readers an entirely erroneous impression, since the natural inference is that writers associate, in terms of equality, with editors.

Pray do not assume from this that I consider myself at all superior -- though I do feel that there are certain ethical proprieties which should, outwardly, be rigidly observed by professional men in so far as their clientele is concerned.

As a matter of fact I am really quite democratic -- I would even go to lunch with a publisher, under certain, more or less obvious conditions.

I was quite sorry not to have been able to see you the last time you called -- I trust that my secretary made my apologies in perfectly good form.

By the bye, before closing I feel that I must speak of a very delicate matter. It is, in fact, no less than my man complains that you sometimes keep him waiting as long as ten minutes when he delivers a manuscript to you before you make out the check.

I do not wish to appear harsh, but I insist that this must occur again -- James's time is very valuable.

As my car has just been announced, I shall have to close, but it is with every assurance of my continued favor that I subscribe myself, sir.

Very respectfully your obedient and humble servant,


6. Letter to Blue Book
February 7, 1930

Will you tell your artist, if it is not too late, that the red men of Mars are supposed to be an unusually handsome race, as masculine looks are judged by our standards. They should have strong, regular features.


7. Letter to the Editor
Owosso, Michigan Argus-Press
Special Centennial Edition ~ July, 1936

While I did not know James Oliver Curwood personally, I was, of course, familiar with his works and, naturally, like countless thousands of others, I am glad to contribute an expression of my esteem for Owosso's famous son upon the occasion of the city's One Hundred Birthday Anniversary.

An incident which occurred a number of years ago endeared Mr. Curwood to me. It was when my daughter was a little girl and simply devouring Curwood's books. She wrote Mr. Curwood to tell him how much she enjoyed his novels and received a very lovely letter in return, which she still treasures.

With every good wish for the success of Owosso's celebration next July, I am

Very Sincerely Yours,
Edgar Rice Burroughs

 JoN Note: The newspaper mistakenly added "Famous Naturalist" after ERB's name.


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Greystoke Castle is not open to the public, but is now a venue for corporate hospitality, outdoor management training, and is licensed for civil weddings. The Castle stands in about 6000 acres, which is said to be the largest enclosure in England without a road or right-of-way running through it.

  • HMCS Prince RobertJerry Hillman

    Our WebCosmos has expanded again with a feature of  interest to WWII buffs and to those following our ERB in Hawaii War Years Compendium:
    The Canadian Anti-Aircraft Cruiser, HMCS Prince Robert left Pearl Harbor a few days before ERB witnessed the Japanese attack in 1941.

    The ROBERT returned to Pearl in July 1945 at about the same time ERB was returning on the U.S.S. Cahaba, a fleet oiler.

    The ROBERT left the Pacific theatre in the Fall of 1945 at about the same time ERB returned to the mainland after suffering a heart attack.

    Since my dad, Chief Petty Officer Jerry Hillman, was on the ROBERT at that time, I have created a number of profusely illustrated tribute sites at:

    I had just written the above information which for the ERBzine announcement which was to go out the next day when the following e-mail arrived in my mailbox:

    10. An ERB Alternate History Novel by Frank X. Blisard

    Can anybody there tell me what type of plane ERB rode back to Honolulu from Guam on July 15th, 1945?
    Who the pilot(s) was (were)?  Who else was on board?  What time it landed?
    Need the info for a novel I'm writing.

    Frank X. Blisard

    I referred Frank to my ERB LifeLines Website and sent what other info had and then asked him to send some information about himself. Frank obliged with novel excerpts and an interesting blurb which has accompanied some of his published works.


    Issue 280 will feature synopses and excerpts from Frank's exciting new story. Don't miss it.

    Those of you who are fans of the Alternate History Genre should
    check out the Uchronia website

    Uchronia: The Alternate History List is an annotated bibliography of  novels, stories, essays and other material involving the "what ifs" of history. Such texts may also be called as alternate histories, alternative histories, allohistories, uchronia, counterfeit worlds, counterfactuals, negative histories, etc. In an alternate history, one or more past events are changed and the subsequent effects on history somehow described.

    12. R.I.P. Hymie Lichenstein
    Hymie Lichenstein, better known as Harry Monty, the Midget Strongman died on December 28, 1999. He doubled for Johnny Sheffield on vine-swinging sequences in Tarzan Finds a Son!, was a munchkin, and had a 30 year acting and stunt double career on films like Planet of the Apes and Swiss Family Robinson and television shows like Lost in Space and Bewitched. At 95, he was the oldest surviving munchkin.  He was born to Polish immigrants in Dallas on April 15, 1904, and was buried there.
    Submitted by Lord Passmore

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