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2000: CLARKSVILLE, TENNESSEE
|Ghak - the Hairy King of Sari, arrived with his ever present smile. Nothing but a hug would do for this shy-but-knowledgeable Burroughs fan/waiter we met in Tarzana. Steve immediately headed for his assigned abode with his TV Guide in hand, in search of ERB-related programming. I wonder what all those fans at home watched while Ghak was away? Did he leave the List Lurkers a long enough list of movies, etc. to hold off withdrawal till his return?|
|Wish you HAD tried those pork brains, Ghak! That Rudy's Diner
was something else... ABSOLUTE greasy spoon with great atmosphere. I love
it! Should definitely be on everyone's "must visit in Clarksville" list.
We attacked our links and grits for our first Southern breakfast with THB
HOWEVER...I was so intrigued by the idea of pork brains...that...as
soon as we arrived home,
Pork Brains Recipe:
|3 Pork Brains (smart ones)~ 2 tb Oil ~ 4 oz Ground
Pork ~ 2 c Soup Stock ~ 1 tb Cornstarch Paste ~ 2 tb Chili Nam Yuey
~ 1 t Ginger, minced ~ 1/2 t Soy Sauce ~ 1 t Shao Hsing
Wine (1 cup for the cook) ~ 1/2 t Sesame Oil ~ 1 t Pepper,
ground ~ 1 t Spring Onion, minced
Cook pork brains in boiling water till done. Remove membrane and tissue (More wine for the cook). Cut into long, thin slices. Heat oil in a wok. Stir-fry ground pork with Chili Nam Yuey and minced ginger till the ground pork turns crispy. Add stock, pork brains, soy sauce and wine. Simmer over a low flame till there's almost no liquid. Add cornstarch paste and remove from heat. Garnish with sesame oil, ground pepper and minced spring onions. Enjoy!
Friday morning also witnessed the arrival of John Tyner, Mike Conran, Bob Hyde, Ken Webber, Jerry Spannraft, Bill Ross... SO many to check off the list... so little time to visit with everyone. I felt rather timid and shy - yes! Me, PoM, among all these ERBphiles.
|I have read most of ERB's writings... as a young bride trying to please her hubby. When time permits, I have been re-reading the Mars series. But most of my ERB dialogue is acquired through osmosis (grin). These fans, however, assure me that I too will be able to discuss with intelligence, all aspects of ERB's works, if I continue to watch Frank Merrill's movies (star of this year's Tarzan Film Festival), Wolf Larson TV shows and keep hovering over JoN's multitude of websites.|
|Although the hucksters had their usual tantalizing display of ERB Items JoN turned over most of his "huckster allowance" to the many fanzine editors in attendance, for back issues and subscriptions: GTM'sBurroughs Bulletin, Bill Ross' s ERB Collector, Mike Conran'sERB News Dateline and new OE Ken Webber's inaugural issue of ERB-APA #65. Negotiations are still in progress with John Tyner for an exchange of the striking Panthan T-shirt for one of the Hillmans' CDs.|
|Bob Hyde – BB Prez and champion of late-night board meeting marathons – looked so formidable, but is really a softie at heart. He had in his possession, a rare photo of himself with John Coleman and Mary Burroughs, taken while visiting their Malibu home during a Christmas party in the early ‘60s. Also in the photo were two of John's children, Danton and Dian. This photo released a flood of memories for Mary and generated much discussion during her panel presentation.|
|Another new friend arrives... the name is SO familiar from the list... Richard Spargur... the walking ERB database! Who would have guessed that he was a 6'5" giant? No persona yet? Well! here's a challenge for all you out there in listland! Dick tells us that he and Chuck Pogue used to publish a fanzine in high school. They parted ways after graduation and Chuck went on to become a well-known Hollywood screenwriter (Dragonheart, Kull, The Fly, Psycho III, PM, etc.). They have just recently re-established contact. Perhaps we will see samples of their earlier work at the next Dum-Dum... or on the Silver Screen? I can tell, from late night "fireside food chats," that Richard loves food from all over the world. Perhaps we need to do a cookbook based on ERB's writings? This would go beautifully with Bobbie Rucker's incredible miniature version of Tarzan's cabin and her Lord Greystoke's Diary on display at George's Louisville University ERB collection.|
|Friday afternoon started with the arrival of our special guest, Mary Burroughs, accompanied by her charming friend, Mary Fowler of Nashville. JoN and I had the pleasure of meeting Mary in person last year in Tarzana, although we've had many visits via phone and e-mail before and since. During this time she provided provided us with many reminiscences for inclusion in the souvenir booklet on John Coleman Burroughs, which was included in the ECOF registration packet. The two highlights of this book were Mary’s “Love Story” piece and the beautiful, never-before-seen portrait of her done by JCB. This was scanned from a rare slide that she had sent to us a few weeks earlier. Everyone was looking forward to tomorrow's afternoon presentation by Mary.|
||Friday's afternoon panel -- A Discussion on ERB Comic Books -- was originally planned to have included five ERB panel members, each with a particular area of expertise. Unfortunately, Bruce "Hadron" Salen and Dennis "Predator" Wilcutt had to drop out due to other commitments. Into the breech stepped three brave and stalwart warriors: two Panthans and a Canuck: Bob "Tarak" Woodley, Huck "Professor AQ Porter" H, and Bill "Jeddak of the North" Hillman. I videotaped the event until I was abducted by Ray and Marty Lindsey, the Alabama Wranglers. I stayed long enough, however, to see Tarak, the moderator, introduce the panel, and JoN present an overview of the history of ERB comics, referring to projected cover images from his website via Tarak's laptop computer. As I was dragged away from this action-packed event, kicking and screaming, Huck was discussing the various incarnations of John Carter of Mars in comics. Sadly, I missed Tarak's impassioned ode to the lovely Tavane of Brothers of the Spear and his impressions of the Dell Tarzan comics.|
I was AWOL from Hachland Hall for Friday night's activities and through most of Saturday. It was such a difficult decision... to stay and keep JoN away from the hucksters' room... or visit with chat pals I have known for five years -- but had never met in person. Browsing through fleamarkets and antique shops was fun, but obviously, OJT had already cleaned out all the shops of ERB-related items. ; ) I was rewarded with a great feed of fresh turnip greens, "culls" and huge steaks under the Tennessee rain.
|Meanwhile, over at Jim and Linda's house, JoN and the others were feasting on a Southern Pork Bar-B-Q with all the "fixins". Although rain eventually drove most people indoors, the mighty Panthans refused to relinquish their strategic position on the deck. I was glad to experience this gathering, vicariously at least, through the many pics and videos that I saw later.|
||Barry and Laurence were celebrating birthdays during the ECOF weekend so Linda and Jim arranged to have a birthday cake prepared in addition to the official ECOF cake. Sadly the two guys spent much of the evening looking forlorn... waiting for Ghak and Tasor to finish their taste testing on BOTH cakes.|
|Obviously, the highlight of the evening was a chance to explore Jim's ERB collection. Everyone, including Mary Burroughs, seemed to be particulary attracted to Jim's Moon Maid figurine and his tremendous collection of art and books.|
|I returned to Hachland in time to see the Burroughs Bibliophiles
engaged in one of their legendary board meetings.
This meeting must go down in the record books... as I happened to look
in after the Saturday night banquet, it was STILL going on... the "nights
at the round table"!
On my way to our room, I spent a chatty interlude, with Ghak, von Horst and Dick Spargur, discussing events of the last two days. Meanwhile, JoN went down to join Tarak, Huck and Abner to see some of the Tarzan Film Festival in the smoke house.
|Bill Ross and Mike Conran are winners
of the “Second Annual Find the Jeddak's Camera Contest.” Last year,
Sony Hi-8 video camera was retrieved and later returned to Canada from
the Forry Ackerman’s Ackermansion. This year he entered his Sony
Mavica digital still camera into the contest. It was retrieved after Friday
midnight in the Hachland common room. JoN had cleverly and unobtrusively
set it on a chair in the emptying room as he carried
set down to the film festival cabin. Bill and Mike, perceiving
that the game was afoot, raced for the booty and stowed it away in their
huckster cases. JoN, returning to an empty hall, had to wait till
the next morning to determine who had actually won this year’s contest.
Be sure to visit our other ECOF 2000 features in ERBzine
ERBzine: 0371: ECOF 2000 ~ Arrival
ERBzine: 0372: ECOF 2000 ~ Hucksters & Auctioneers
ERBzine: 0373: ECOF 2000 ~ Comics Panel
ERBzine: 0374: ECOF 2000 ~ Thompson Bar-B-Q
ERBzine: 0375: ECOF 2000 ~ Thompson ERB Collection
ERBzine: 0376: ECOF 2000 ~ Mary Burroughs
ERBzine: 0377: ECOF 2000 ~ Tarak & Predator Battle
ERBzine: 0378: ECOF 2000 ~ Tom Yeates At Work: Dejah & JoN I
ERBzine: 0379: ECOF 2000 ~ Tom Yeates At Work: Dejah & JoN II
ERBzine: 0380: ECOF 2000 ~ Banquet
ERBzine: 0381: ECOF 2000 ~ Group Photos
ERBzine: 0382: ECOF 2000 ~ Jim's Book Signing and Catalogue
ERBzine: 0383: ECOF 2000 ~ Brunch
ERBzine: 0384: ECOF 2000 ~ Farewells
ERBzine: 0385: ECOF 2000 ~ Dejah's Diary - Day I
ERBzine: 0386: ECOF 2000 ~ Dejah's Diary - Day II
ERBzine: 0387: ECOF 2000 ~ Dejah's Diary - Day III
ERBzine: 0388: ECOF 2000 ~ Dejah's Diary - Day IV
ERBzine: 0389: Laurence Dunn: Elvis, Tarzan, Superman…!