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BRUCE SALEN REMEMBERED
Bruce Salen (October 25, 1944 - March 5, 2011)
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Hadron, safe in the shelter of the dome of Okar Back in the mid-'60s I received my first letter from another ERB fan. Bruce Salen from Brooklyn saw my name listed in the Burroughs Bibliophiles directory and we started to correspond. After quite a few letters we eventually lost contact but were amazed to "bump into each other" again 30 years later on the Internet. This was followed by over 15 years of regular phone calls, e-mails, exchanges of movies and old radio shows. . .  and visits -- both at our home in Canada and during various Dum-Dums and ECOF Conventions.

It was with great shock and a deep sadness that, on March 6, 2011, we learned of his passing.

~ We'll miss you old friend,
Bill and Sue-On
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An "Abused Childhood" 
by Bruce Salen (Hadron - The Brooklyn Banth)
From ERBzine 0060
Lend an ear, O Jeddak and all --
Yay, be ye now the regal audience to this mine unnerving tale of woe and sorrow.

Hear ye now the sage of my abused childhood, to wit:--

Of a veritable sooth, when I were but a wee bairn, my parents and I lived in the same apartment building as did my maternal grandparents - we lived on the fourth floor on the north side of the building, and they lived on the ground floor of the south side.

Every night at bed-time, my father would put me to be, and make up a Robin Hood story to tell me.

First thing after breakfast the following morning, I would toddle downstairs to my grandparents apartment, where my grandfather would make up a Tarzan story for my private entertainment.

A few years later, with the advent of TV, two new heroes were quickly added to my private pantheon, to wit:-- The Lone Ranger, and my all-time #1, Hopalong Cassidy.

"Abused childhood" -- Robin Hood at bed-time; Tarzan the next morning, after breakfast; then, with the coming of television -- The Lone Ranger and Hopalong Cassidy.

Then comes that fateful summer of 1960 -- my favorite summer, come to think of it.  And one of the reasons is the fact that some time in June, or early July, I made an amazing discovery -- a load of Grosset & Dunlap ERB hardcovers, that my father had bought and read when they first came out, and had saved all these years.  For me.

THE WARLORD OF MARS -- TARZAN THE TERRIBLE -- TARZAN AND THE ANT MEN -- TANAR OF PELLUCIDAR -- THE MOON MAID -- THE CAVE GIRL -- CHESSMEN OF MARS.

I read all of them during that fateful summer, and I was hooked on and by the Master Story-teller, ERB.  And have been hooked ever since.

"Abused childhood" -- Robin Hood stories and bed-time -- Tarzan stories after breakfast -- and my father's collection of Burroughs books.

As Gene Kelly sang it in AN AMERICAN IN PARIS -- "Who can ask for anything more?"

I can't.

The Brooklyn Banth.


BRUCE REMEMBERED IN PICTURES

From ERBzine 1166

OkaR&R Mission No. I ~ Summer 2001
Hadron, The Brooklyn Banth
Bruce Salen
Hadron of Hastor's storm-ravaged flier finds sanctuary in the
Northern Amtorian Gardens of JoN & Dej
Reports of this rescue first appeared in 
ERBzine 0559
JoN and Hadron at the Kensington entrance to the Amtorian Gardens
JoN and Hadron at the Kensington
entrance to the Amtorian Gardens
JoN and Hadron take a break from their ERB marathon
JoN and Hadron take a break 
from their ERB marathon
Dejah and Hadron in the ERBzin-e office
Dejah and Hadron
in the ERBzine office
JoN and sons Ja-On and Robin prepare for the Dragon Parade in celebration of Dejah's birthday
JoN and sons Ja-On and Robin prepare for
the Dragon Parade in celebration of Dejah's birthday
Hadron carrying the ball of wisdom and being pursued by the formidable dragon
Hadron carrying the ball of wisdom and 
being pursued by the formidable dragon



 
 

OkaR&R Mission No. II ~ Summer 2002
Hadron, The Brooklyn Banth
Bruce Salen
Dejah Vu
For the second time in two years
Hadron of Hastor's storm-ravaged flier again finds sanctuary in the
Okar Imperial Palace of JoN & Dej
Reports of this rescue first appeared in 
ERBzine 0643
Hadron with luggage on the landing strip of Okar's Winnipeg airport after emergency landing
Hadron with luggage on the landing strip of 
Okar's Winnipeg airport after emergency landing
Hadron, safe in the shelter of the dome of Okar
Hadron, safe in the shelter 
of the dome of Okar
Hadron being whisked to safety on the Jeddak's speedy ground flier
Hadron being whisked to safety
on the Jeddak's speedy ground flier
JoN and Hadron Still Live after battling against overwhelming odds
JoN and Hadron Still Live 
after battling against overwhelming odds
JoN and Hadron in mortal combat with the invisible swordsman from Onvak
JoN and Hadron in mortal combat 
with the invisible swordsman from Onvak
Hadron crossing over the bottomless pit and carrion caves on the Jeddak's rope bridge
Hadron crossing over the bottomless pit and 
carrion caves on the Jeddak's rope bridge
A clean-shaven Hadron and JoN relax in the Imperial Palace of Okar
A clean-shaven Hadron and JoN
relax in the Imperial Palace of Okar

LOUISVILLE DUM-DUM 2003

Bill ~ Sue-On ~ Huck ~ former member Bruce Salen and his Princess, Roz
Bill ~ Sue-On ~ Huck ~ Bruce and friend Roz
JoN ~ Dejah ~ Hadron ~ Huck and his princess Victoria
Bill ~ Sue-On ~ Hadron ~ Huck ~ Victoria
Hadron and Ghak listen to Huck's presentation
Hadron and Ghak at Huck's presentation
Bruce Hadron Salen and his Princess Roz
Bruce and his friend Roz

Oak Park 2005 Dum-Dum
Hadron and Histah
Hadron and Histah in the Spannraft Garden

Bruce "Hadron" Salen and Wayne "Tin Tin" James
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Randy Kryn ~ Bruce Salen ~ Huck Huckenpohler
Randy Kryn ~ Bruce Salen ~ Huck Huckenpohler

Panel Moderator: Bruce Salen ~ Panelists: Huck Huckenpöhler ~ Ellen Vartanoff
Panel Moderator: Bruce Salen ~ Panelists: Huck Huckenpöhler ~ Ellen Vartanoff


From ERBzine 0554 ~ January 19, 2001
Bruce "Hadron" Salen's Ring Around A Hailstone
Another Book Published by an ERB Fan

From the book's Jacket  Notes:
"Bruce Salen is a professor at the City University of New York. 

He continues to write mystery novels that are both
intriguing and suspenseful. He resides in Brooklyn, New York.

Watch for Bruce's soon-to-be-published, second mystery novel:
THE FEATHERED SHRINE
which relates the continuing adventures of  Eliezer Jordan: professor of  archaeology, 
Biblical literature, and Semitic languages; and a student of the  Kabbalah, the ancient Jewish mystical tradition."

Bruce's exciting new mystery novel may be purchased at:
iUniverse.com
and is also available at:
amazon.com ~ borders.com ~ booksamillion.com  ~ barnesandnoble.com
RING AROUND A HAILSTONE: A Synopsis
From early September through mid-December, 1992, rural England was plagued by a series of horrifying murders.  They were committed at various times, and at various locations throughout the land.  Only two things seemed to link the crimes - their apparent wantonness, and the fact that the body of each victim had been carefully mutilated in some way.

Soon after this series of killings began, Scotland Yard put together a team to spearhead the search for the killers.  Heading this team were two of its most renowned and successful detectives, Sean Ferguson and John Kelly.

In the course of their careers, Ferguson and Kelly have dealt with a variety of crimes and criminals -- including serial killings and psychottic killers -- but after three-plus months on the case, they find themselves hopelessly stale-mated -- as do the other police forces throughout the country.

In desperation, Ferguson decides to make a phone-call to a special friend, and enlist his help in the quest for the killer(s).

Eliezer Jordan is a Professor of Biblical Literature, Egyptology, and Semitic Languages at two universities in the New York metropolitan area. Early on in his academic career, he developed an interest in the religions of the ancient Near East.  This, in turn, led him to study the Kabbalah, the ancient Jewish mystical tradition.

In the course of time, he earned a reputation for his mastery of that vast body of esoteric learning, and for the unusual abilities that his mystical know-ledge gave him.

Upon hearing of Ferguson's problem, Jordan flies to London, and places his spe-cial knowledge, abilities, and experiences at the disposal of his two friends.

Ferguson and Kelly give him a concise summary of the events of the past three-and-a-half months -- then and where the murders were committed; when, where, and by whom the bodies were found; when, where, and by whom the autopsies were performed; etc.  They also show him photographs of the bodies of the victims, and the reports of the Forensic specialists of the various police forces work-ing on the cases.

Jordan decides to visit the scenes of some of the murders on his own -- from Bodmin, in Cornwall, up to a temple of the ancient Persian sun-god, Mithra, at Hadrian's wall.  Indeed, he arrives at one of the sites only to find that another murder was committed but a few hours earlier.

Jordan, Ferguson, and Kelly combine their varied experiences, knowledge, and abilities to find the killer who has been terrorizing England with such a reckless abandon. Before their work is done, they find themselves dealing with ancient Celtic mythology, Druids, prehistoric stone monuments, and the rebirth of one of the most revered cults of the ancient Celtic religgion -- the Cult of the Severed Head.  And they must deal with three more attempted murders -- including of Jordan himself, as he finds himself the guest of honor at a human sacrifice, to be performed at one of Britain's prehistoric mono-lithic circles.

NEXT: PART II
BRUCE "HADRON" SALEN PHOTO ALBUM
Hadron's Safaris to the Wilds of Canada

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