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2000: CLARKSVILLE, TENNESSEE
for the REST of
thru' the eyes
of the PRINCESS of MARS:
What an incredible
and I should be
the envy of all ERBfans
of the feminine
gender who missed this event.
Grab a cuppa, put on your slippers 'cos
this expose could take a while...
as some of you will have experienced ...
I am rather long winded...
as well as long limbed ; )
||We had quite a week before the event, explaining to family and friends
that we were not going to Nashville to record, nor to a restaurant convention...
but to something MUCH bigger... ECOF... in CLARKSVILLE!
||The excitment commenced as soon as our flyer touched down... Jim
Thompson, ERBDOM's most tenacious McDonald premium chaser, was there
to meet us. Enroute, Jim decided to test our Canuckian bravery by
blowing out one of his tires... Man!!! that hubcap could fly! While the
more physically suited gender changed the tire, I was enjoying my first
walk along the speedways of Tennessee searching for the elusive hubcap.
Absolute nuts! I was not about to cross over traffic in my search... Dej
have been the first roadkill to attend ECOF...
||We eventually limped on to Clarksville on 3 1/2 tires where we had
our first glimpse of OJT's "out of control" collection of ERB...
actually it was under control in beautiful attorney cases... I knew his
McDonald forays were frantic...BUT! 4 of the same display?! and a special
room for only ERB collectibles. I guess I can't complain about JoN's
obsession anymore...He was drooling, of course... not only over ERB but
over ALL of OJT's book collection... Hollywood, China, literature,
fiction, reference...cats. He kept saying, "See, this is how normal
people live." At least, Linda has equal space for her cat collection....
I regret not having a closer look at all the collections at Friday's BBQ
as I had "strategic meetings" with my Alabama Wranglers. Hopefully, that
was not the "Last train to Clarksville" as I would love a second look...altho'
I am not sure OJT and Linda could survive another onslaught.
By all reports, the southern style BBQ pork was a big hit!
||Our first taste of southern cuisine was...SUBWAY! Almost like home,
EXCEPT for the arrival of George TUBLAT McWhorter and Bobbie
Rucker. We apparently share the same tastes... not only for ERB...
It was indeed a pleasure to meet up with the formidable GTM although
I thought he should have expressed himself more vocally once he had his
first bite of red meat.
||We met our first southern belle... actually two.. if Australia
would be considered as "south"... as we drove onto Hachland Hall
grounds. Linda Thompson and Sue Stubbersfield (NOT Stubblefield)
met us with southern charm. At sight of the Canucks, it must have dawned
on Linda what she was really in for! Thank you Linda, for
your hospitality AND patience... :)
||Southern architecture has always fascinated me -- gentle elegance --
and Hachland Hall was no exception. Inn keeper, Hila COULD
pass as Attila, until you expose her softer side... talk food! I
checked out her kitchen immediately... no wok... The decor is warm ...
and comfy... just needed a few ERB touches here and there. The Moon
Maid banner in the common room helped fill that oversight.
||Rob Greer... our first challenger... with his palm over his
name tag... "Who am I?" ??? ARGH! But being the Princess that I am, I hugged
him, he gave in... and revealed himself. Tasor... with the first
huckster's table all set with enticing items. I breathed a sigh of relief
as JoN noted that he had the items already in his collection.
||Abner Perry (Bruce Wood) was next... strutting his stuff...
3-D cartography, his ERB Atlas CD-ROM, special editions, etc. His latest
project obviously, is building a Trans-Pellucidarian railroad as he was
seldom seen without his engineer's cap. Even tho' his library is hidden
somewhere in Pellucidar, he carries a mental version of every written
word by ERB.
||Barry Stubbersfield was presiding over the "roll call" when
we entered the common room. We thought we'd travelled a distance for ERB...
but AUSTRALIA ? Wonderful to finally meet someone with whom we are familiar
through the writing of ERB pastiches. We shared many topics of interest
throughout the weekend... from acquiring Tom Yeates' original art
work, to Vegi-mite... to Sue's collection of "chocks" (chickens).
Our respective collections would multiply immensely if her chocks got together
with my collection of roosters!
||Dave Critchfield... von Horst as we know him... arrived with
his unicycle and balls... juggling balls... shy newbie, but so interesting.
is his forte... and much credit to his website. Dave also has a website
on princesses ...beautiful. ;) I tried to convince
he REALLY needed to sport a G-string to make his unicycle act a REAL standout
in a crowd. Von Horst was most adept in coaching
in his recipe challenge with me late Saturday night. In fact, we worked
ourselves into a hunger frenzy...! Will it be Sechuan? Hunan? Italian?
Greek? or Pat Vinson's version of roast boar?
||Brad and Pat Vinson arrived at HH only to play musical rooms...
left, right, or extreme left of the bathroom? One bed... two beds or three?
They settled on one bed... only to be moved into the two bed room... only
to be moved back into their original choice when Mary Burroughs
and Mary Fowler arrived next morning. The Vinsons were our
guides driving through Clarksville in search of our first meal... Olive
||Tracy Griffin - Lord Passmore – returned home to the southland
to check on the other half of his collection. His prize possessions are
split between California and Mississippi, the plan being to hedge his losses
between earthquakes and tornadoes. Tracy – host of last year’s Tarzana
Dum-Dum and representing the LA SubERB chapter at this year’s
ECOF – keeps his fingers on the pulse of ERB Inc. and happenings
in Tarzana and Hollywood.
||Somewhere along the line, Tracy hooked up with the Bloody
British Hooligan, Laurence Dunn... a good pairing considering Laurence's
connections to British royalty and Tracy's family ties to THE
TUPELO KING. En route to ECOF, they paid homage at Graceland.
is the envy of us all... having attended 23 ERB gatherings. THIS,
of course, is his REAL job...
||On Sunday at the Bowling Green Corvette Museum, while en route
to Louisville, I tried to convince BBH that colour IS important
in the choice of a Corvette! I wonder now, if the "wreck" the guys posed
in front of, is one of many that Laurence introduced to concrete
walls while driving across America in search of ERB.
||Jim had forewarned us about a friend of his who would be setting
up a table in the huckster's room. This in no way prepared us for Bill
Campbell – what a southern gentleman. His display was impressive...
and this was what he had remaining after disposal of the main part of his
collection! I kept tight reins on JoN whenever he grazed too close
to that section of the room.
As Thursday progressed... more of our ERB family arrived.
In order for OJT to get a new tire, I took over some of the registration
duties. This was a great opportunity to greet old friends and make new
ARRIVAL of the
first of the PANTHANS!
||Tarak - the Tawny Haired Barbarian (Bob Woodley) and
newest member of the esteemed Panthan group – arrived in a cloud
of Marlboro smoke... a lean, mean machine ready for the bloody battle with
(Dennis Wilcutt). "Who's in charge? Is there food here? What do
you mean TARA didn't come? Where do I sleep? Is there air-conditioning?"
WHEW! THB is finally settled in the "smokers' cabin", then proceeded
to do battle with a full-grown tree that somehow jumped behind his Sport
truck while he wasn't looking. "Jeeze... Can ya sue a tree? Whiplash!
What's my deductible? Will I be able to function properly for the comic
art panel tomorrow?"
||Fellow Panthan, Huck "AQ Porter" Huckenpöhler
in time to soothe Tarak and to assure him that all will be well.
had a video and computer images ready,
Huck had his segment set
to go... all THB had to do was manipulate his trusty laptop,
moderate... and TALK...and he did that NEARLY as prolifically as he posts
:) AQP as always, with his "Blue Book of lists" in hand, checked
out the ERB wares on display. A slight tremor was felt in the Hall
as Huck discovered one of the two most wanted items from his personal
list of "needs." With pipe clasped tight, Huck disappeared with
his prize into the cloud of the smoker's den. Throughout the night, roars
of laughter and heated discussion emanated from within those walls as Tarak,
Abner and Huck enjoyed their Tarzan film festival.
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