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DAY FOUR: Page 19
LEE CHASE'S FAMILY PHOTOS

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Lee Chase, ERB's step-son, gave a presentation
on the years of living with his mom, Florence and Ebbie (ERB)
in Hawaii and Hollywood.

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Lee shared a stack of photos  and mementos 
for us to use in future ERBzines.
Lee's friend Frank Puncer was on hand 
to help manage
the crowd of eager ERB fans
who gathered around Lee's photo display table.

Bill with Mr. and Mrs. Lee Chase
We were proud to have been chosen 
to sit with Mr. and Mrs. Chase 
at the Saturday Grand Banquet.
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Lee Chase holding his A.L. Burt copy of
Tarzan of the Apes given to him by ERB about 1940.

An inscription in ERB's first book:
A Princess of Mars
which he had dedicated to son,
John Coleman Burroughs
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Florence Gilbert - Silent Film Actress

Caryl Lee - Early and later photo of Lee's sister
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Lee's mother, Florence
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Caryl and brother Lee with stuffed lion.
Gay's Lion Farm, El Monte, California, 1935
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MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE : APRIL 4, 1935 : LAS VEGAS

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ERB with bride, Florence - 1935
Florence and Ed returning to LA from their Las Vegas Wedding
They are emerging from a Western Airlines airplane
with stewardess in the backround.
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Honeymooners Florence and Ed arrive in Hawaii
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Lee displays the menu for the S.S. Lurline
ERB, Florence and the two kids often sailed on this ship between Honolulu and the Mainland
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Ed and Florence (L) lunch with Mrs. Fred Mandel, Jr.
Sherman Hotel, Chicago, July 1936

Mr. and Mrs. Burroughs 
are visiting Chicago while on a vacation.
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. . . Meanwhile, Back at the Old Burroughs Ranch
Star-Bulletin - Honolulu - April 3, 1984

Edgar Rice Burroughs' old Tarzana Ranch is now just another one of Los Angeles' endless city districts. Somehow, you'd expect the office of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. to be in one of the glass and steel skyscrapers that line Ventura Boulevard.

Instead it's a modest-looking, little white bungalow with an honest-to-gosh lawn and trees providing shade The skyscrapers loom up on both sides like canyon walls.

It's Burroughs' original ranch house (actually built in the '20s to be a working office -- a short distance from the actual ranch ~ ed.). The offices are still there. 

In the mid-'70s, I was doing free-lance artwork for ERB, Inc. -- a project that eventually became pre-production work for the film "The Land that Time Forgot," based on a Burroughs novel. On the way home from college, I stopped by their office to pitch them on another project, but really was just curious about the place.

Danton Burroughs, the author's grandson, popped out of his office to show me around. He's a rangy, good-looking man with his grandfather's high forehead and easy smile. He wore expensively casual clothes and snakeskin boots. Out the rear door was a Porsche with "DANTON" license plates. Appaarently the Burroughs estate was still earning money.

He gave a brief, enthusiastic tour of the place. There was a refurbished room with modern filing systems and secretary. The office that was Burroughs' library and study was at the other end, it had not changed since the old man died in 1950.

The light was dimmed to prevent fading of the original artwork on the walls. It was too late for one piece, a Burrne Hogarth Sunday-comics page that had yellowed over the years. The opaque white correction fluid stood out vividly.

Burroughs' desk was a dark oaken affair, very study-looking. There were first editions of his novels along one wall and reference books -- mostly wildlife books and atlases -- along another. 

We talked about Burroughs' Hawaiian connection for awhile. He moved here in the late '30s with his second wife Florence, a much younger woman. They stayed in Lanikai where he wrote poems about cockroaches (uh??? ~ ed.) and did a fair amount of drinking. The marriage foundered, she moved back to the Mainland and he moved to Honolulu and straightened out his life.

Danton Burroughs didn't put it quite like that, of course. He preferred to talk about how his grandfather's tennis game had been interrupted by the attack on Pearl Harbor, how the old man (who had tried to enlist in Teddy Roosevelt's Rough Riders in an earlier war) had been issued a rifle and told to guard "dangerous saboteurs" confined on the Honolulu warf. They were Japanese-American dockworkers. 

Burroughs wrote at least one Tarzan novel here, in an office on Kapiolani Boulevard (not where the Burroughs Office Machines building is!) before becoming a war correspondent. His stories were published in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin and the Honolulu Advertiser

After the war he returned to the Mainland. 

The conversation turned to Hollywood and Burroughs' disenchantment with the place. "Grandpop never liked any of the Tarzan movies," said Danton Burroughs.

They were certainly different from the books. 

"They were like cartoons! He hated them all. They made Tarzan look like an idiot."

He tapped the top of a pile of manila envelopes. "We've got the best screenplay we've ever had for Tarzan right here, and no one wants to produce it. It's by Robert Towne, the same guy who wrote "Chinatown." He got an Academy Award for it." 

Apparently this was the same Tarzan script that became the basis for "Greystoke - The Legend of Tarzan." Eight months later it was produced, though it proved to be another example of Hollywood's shortsightedness

Danton Burroughs shrugged and we walked to the front door. He pointed out a big black-walnut tree in the front yard. 

"See that tree?" he said. "Grandpop's ashes are buried by it. He never liked to get far away from nature and Tarzana."

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Tarzan Author a "Factory"
Burroughs Explains His Mass-Production System
En route to California to send Tarzan howling through the jungles in another book, Edward [sic] Rice Burroughs arrived in Chicago yesterday after a radio apearance in New York. 

With him was Mrs. Burroughs, and they interrupted an engrossing game of backgammon in their apartment long enough to saythey thought the weather in the East was mild enough to give California chambers of commerce cause to worry.

Burroughs announced he will retire to his ranch to write his book, two of which he turns out each year. The author said:

"I've got it down to a mass production basis.  I turn out my books exactly on schedule, just like a factory."

They left later on the Chief.

Edgar Rice Burroughs
ERBzine 1546 ERBzine 1546
EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS ~ THE APES OF WRATH ~ TEXACO STAR THEATER
The Texaco Star Theater program of October 18, 1939 had as its guest, Edgar Rice Burroughs.  Host Ken Murray tried to talk Burroughs into starring as Tarzan instead of Johnny Weissmuller.  Murray put on his production of "Tarzan" for ERB, entitled; The Home Life of Mr. and Mrs. Tarzan or The Apes of Wrath.  Along with Ken Murray and ERB were Frances Langford, Kenny Baker and Irene Ryan. This skit takes up a portion of the first half of the hour-long program. ~ Listen to the show at ERBzine 1546
Ken Murray

All the ERB Tarzan Radio Shows
are featured in ERBzine.
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ERB meeting with sons Hully and Jack in the Tarzana ERB, Inc. office
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THE ERB/GILBERT/CHASE CONNECTION IN ERBzine
Florence Gilbert
Burroughs Bio
Florence Gilbert
Burroughs Filmography
Lee Chase
Remembers ERB I
Lee Chase
Remembers ERB II
Caryl Lee
Burroughs Tribute
Caryl Lee 
& ERB Letters I
Caryl Lee 
& ERB Letters II
Eddie Gilbert
ERB Collection
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