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2000: CLARKSVILLE, TENNESSEE
|Early Saturday morning, my friend Ray and his wife Marty came and picked me up for another day of "real-time chatting". As it was raining, we decided it was a good day for sightseeing from within their truck. Our destination was a wranglers' campground at Between the Lakes Resort area. I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw sign posts indicating Hillmans Ferry! And here I thought I had crossed the Tennesee-Kentucky state line before JoN -- one-upmanship!. My pals delivered me safely back at HH to get ready for the evening banquet.|
|I was sorry I had to miss Mary's presentation on her years with John Coleman Burroughs, but JoN taped the event for me. It was a loving tribute to a very talented man. She shared many fascinating anecdotes and candidly answered many questions from the audience. Unfortunately, the tape ran out before the end of the story. JoN didn't have Woola to run and fetch another cassette for him so he had to commit the remaining stories to memory.|
|Perhaps someday JoN and Mary will write a sequel to the ECOF booklet and the JCB bio website in ERBzine. Ironically, he is probably the only person attending ECOF who doesn't have a copy of the booklet! He had set our copy down during Mary's autographing session. I wonder if it will be returned... as with the cameras?|
Predator (Dennis Wilcutt) finally arrived Saturday with Tom Yeates. He had gone to the Nashville Airport to pick up Tom but the airport was in a shambles and they were late getting in to Clarksville.Was it the impending "battle to the death" between Tarak, the tawny haired barbarian, and Predator that shut down the power at Nashville airport?
|A Roman carnival atmosphere prevailed as a crowd gathered in anticipation for the much ballyhooed confrontation between the two gladiators. Veteran juggler, von Horst, had coaxed several ERBphiles into trying their hands at juggling and crashing his unicycle into the Hachland Hall furniture.|
|Soon after Predator's arrival, he and THB were locked in mortal combat.
Tarak, however, became confused when the crowd started to chant, "Go for
the JUGULAR!". Quick as Ara the lightning, the tawny-haired barbarian leapt
on the startled von Horst. Predator -- tired of waiting and dodging a barrage
of balls, knives and bats... went home.
For more battle photos see ERBzine 0377.
|The duel was far from being over however...as we found out enroute to Louisville on Sunday. While passing through Predator territory near Glasgow, we were startled by gun shots ricocheting all around Tarak's truck...Once we got out of range, we got out to assess the damage to THB's truck. A close call...Whew!|
|In spite of all my anticipation, I didn't meet Dennis ... saw him,
but didn't get to talk to him. Why? Well...it was Tom Yeates' fault
as much as it was Tarak's.
I arrived back in huckster's room late Sat afternoon ...breathing a sigh of relief in seeing JoN hovering with digital camera over Tom Yeates who was hard at work at his sketch pad. At least, he wasn't involved in the ongoing auction of ERB memorabilia. That relief was quickly dispelled. I moved in for a closer look...much to the delight of those who awaited my return.
Yes, Tom was busy sketching. The crowd parted...so I did not have to stand on tip toes to watch. It was obvious that the sketch in progress was John Carter and Dejah Thoris.
A double take! WAIT! That's Bill Hillman's face on JC... OMG... the mostly naked Dejah has my...um... errr...legs...
The newly transformed copper-skinned Princess retreated to her sleeping chambers.
||A highlight of this year's ECOF was the great line-up of outstanding artists – none of whom, other than Tom, were actually present. These creative people provided an abundance of art – all centered around a Moon Maid theme. Jeff Doten designed and painted the official logo – done as a full-colour painting as well as a monochrome banner logo. Duane Adams designed the unique, eye-catching T-shirt logo. Dave Hoover provided the outstanding dust jacket art for the Moon Maid special edition hard cover book. This collector's item is an ERB fan's dream which features the original unabridged pulp text, plus many added features by Huck, Duane, Bob Zeuschner and more. Bruce Wood, who is in charge of the project, is taking advance orders for fall release. Bruce and Jim presented the prototype edition to a very appreciative Mary Burroughs. All of this original Moon Maid art and much more will be featured on the ECOF 2000 CD-ROM which is being prepared by Tangor (Bruce Bozarth).|
|There was an air of expectancy all weekend as everyone was hoping Tangor would materialize... as few of us have had the pleasure of meeting this prolific listmeister. Earlier, I even dug my mobile phone out of my suitcase and made a call to see if he had left Texas yet. Bruce and JoN are the creators of the monster posing as a parody entitled THE RATNAZ FILES (all 132 chapters)... which totally disrupted our lives for a few years. There have been many hours of long phone conversations and shared web projects between these two ERBADdicts.|
|At 7 o'clock, waves of tantalizing aromas beckoned all to the dimly lit banquet room. The low lighting, I am sure, was a ploy to give the diners some relief from JoN and Tarak's digitalitis. Between these two tawny haired barbarians, we have a collection of almost 1000 pictures which surely makes this the most photographed ERB event in history.|
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…!