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ANNIVERSARIES OF ERB'S LIFE
A COLLATION OF THE DAILY
EVENTS IN ERB-WORLD
FROM THE PAGES OF THE HILLMANS'
Web Design with added links,
illustrations and photo collages by Bill Hillman
JANUARY Part III
January 15 :: January
16 :: January 17 :: January
18 :: January 19 :: January
20 :: January 21
It was goodbye to Vern Coriell this date, Jan. 15, in 1987.
He was founder of The Burroughs Bibliophiles and publisher of "The Burroughs
Bulletin" and "The Gridley Wave" along with many other occasional pamphlets
and publications, as well as full-scale ERB books reprinting some of the
Perhaps one of the most desirable back issues of ERBapa
is No. 13, which came out after Vern's death and included a Vern cover
as well as a number of fan articles with recollections of Vern.
Vern tells his own story at:
The group picture has a younger Vern at left, Mike
Pierce (son of James and Joan Burroughs Pierce) in the middle, Lex
Barker, and Edgar
Rice Burroughs, sitting.This was ERB's final appearance on a film set.
Jan. 15, 2007, was the deadline for ordering the Leanta
Books edition of "Tarzan of the
Apes," illustrated by David Burton. Earlier, David had illustrated
an edition of "A Princess of Mars."
David wrote to his fellow fans on the erblist.com email
discussion list that this book contained a map of Tarzan's Africa and the
Ape Language dictionary that ERB himself wrote. "It is also the most heavily
illustrated edition that's ever been published," he said.
The book sold out. However, like all things, it shows
up for sale on various sites on the internet from time to time.
ERBzine's Artist profile on DAVID BURTON
David had severe heart problems and was awaiting a transplant
when he passed away suddenly on Dec. 3, 2011. He was 51.
Memories shared by his fellow members of erblist:
David's Artist's Journal for "Princess" and "Tarzan":
ERBzine Swag Promo for David's Leanta Books
Caroline Munro played Dia, the movie name for Dian the Beautiful,
in "At the Earth's
Core." ERB fans wouldn't have minded at all if she had also played
Dejah Thoris or Duare. She was born in 1950 on Jan. 16 in Windsor, Berkshire,
Caroline Munro Gallery
At The Earth's Core - the movie
The screen shots:
Wikipedia Bio ~ Her
Ten years before Caroline Munro was born, on Jan. 16,
1940, Edgar Rice Burroughs sat down at his dictaphone and began revealing
the story of "Tarzan
and the Madman." It wouldn't be published until after his 1950
death, though, finally seeing print in 1964, about 12 years before Caroline
starred as Dia.
A dictaphone cylinder with 1,500 words of ERB's "Madman"
dictation still survives.
ERB himself became a mad man in early December of 1918.
He was irked at the movie industry and sold off his shares of stock in
National Film. Nonetheless, the company, on Jan. 16, 1919, wrote a letter
to ERB, inviting him to the premiere of "Tarzan
of the Apes," starring Elmo Lincoln. See the letter in the C.H.A.S.E.R.
ERB spurned the invitation, but Stellan Windrow didn't.
The latter was the one originally cast to play Tarzan and, indeed, appears
in the movie, uncredited, in several tree-travel scenes.
The Stellan Windrow page:
During World War II, many citizens might have been surprised
to learn that one day Americans would be driving the German Volkswagen
and signing Japanese players to their baseball teams, but such is the way
it goes when wars are over and enemies become friends again.
ERB took his shots at the enemies of the U.S., not only
in some of his stories, but also in his daily column, "Laugh It Off," in
the "Honolulu Star Bulletin." On Jan. 17, 1942, ERB put together a couple
of column items which tarred the foe in both the Pacific and the Atlantic.
His first target was the Germans: "What could better insure
the post war peace and prosperity of Europe and the world than the replacing
of the German state by a Jewish republic under a new name? It might conceivably
settle the Jewish question for all time, and it would most assuredly settle
the nazi question."
Then, he went after the Japanese: "Olga Streeter says
that she understands that the United States and Japan have decided to divide
the Pacific ocean between them. Japan is to get the bottom half."
He was much easier on US citizens of Japanese Heritage
in his article: The
Somehow, the Italians seen to have gotten off scot-free!
ERB wasn't correct about the location, but he did see
the establishment of a Jewish state, which happened when Israel was born
Laugh It Off columns of 1942:
Speaking of Germans, Karla
Schramm had a German name but lived all of her life in the U.S.
She passed away this date, Jan. 17, 1980, in Los Angeles.
Karla was the second actress to play Jane. She had that
role in "The Revenge
of Tarzan" with Gene
Pollar and then played Tarzan's mate in "The
Son of Tarzan" with P. Dempsey Tabler. Karla was only one of two
women to play Jane opposite two different Tarzans.
Who was the other one?
In other ERB news of Jan. 17, Rex Maxon's art for "Tarzan
the Fearless" began appearing in newspapers this date in 1938.
The strips were reprinted in a magazine-size paperback:
Artist John Celardo's first Tarzan daily strip appeared in
newspapers on Jan. 18, 1954. This was followed by his first Sunday strip,
Feb. 28 of that year.
According to erbzine, "He probably had been inking Bob
Lubber's Tarzan strips for quite some time before these dates. This early
work was very similar to Lubbers' but he gradually developed a more simple,
less complicated and perhaps 'lazier' style. He produced a total of 4,350
daily strips (#4507-#8856) and 724 Sunday strips (#1199-#1922) - an output
second only to Rex Maxon."
January is significant in the life of Mr. Celardo for
another reason. He passed away on Jan. 6, 2012.
JOHN CELARDO TARZAN CONTENTS
All the Daily Strips in ERBzine.com
Celardo Off-sites Page
From at least a year after he took office, to about a year
before he left office, President Ronald Reagan found time to remember
one of his boyhood heroes, Tarzan of the Apes, and other ERB protagonists
Among the documents presented at erbzine is a letter Reagan
wrote this date, Jan. 19, 1988, a year and a day before his term expired.
The letter was addressed to our own George T. McWhorter and thanked George
for sending him a copy of yet another letter.
Reagan's letter said: "Dear Mr. McWhorter: Thanks
very much for sending along the letter that you had in your collection
from Edgar Rice Burroughs. And, you're right, it still has relevance
today. It reminds me of the responsibility that we have to make this world
a safer and better place for generations to come. He had a lucky grandson,
didn't he, to have much wisdom imparted at such an early age. I hope that,
looking on, Edgar Rice Burroughs knows that this country is still keeping
strong and that the generation coming...will keep the spirit that he conveyed....
See the letter at:
Nineteen on nineteen: ERB began writing Tarzan and Jane
(which became "Tarzan's
Quest") on May 13, 1934, and finished it -- his 19th Tarzan novel
-- on Jan. 19, 1935.
See May 1934 entry at: http://www.erbzine.com/mag1/0140.html
Read and learn more about the book at:
The "Laugh It Off" columns were nearing their end, but
ERB was still taking potshots at America's enemies while he could. On Jan.
19, 1942, he quoted "The Bible" to Hitler with: "Adolph, in Mein Kampf
elsewhere, has often bragged of being a 'have not.' It won't be long before
Adolph will have to admit that Saint Luke was right when he wrote, 'and
whosovever hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he seemeth
to have.' "
"Laugh It Off," 1942:
"The Fossil Hunters and the Terrorists," by Gray
Morrow and Desaro & McKay, began Jan. 19, 1997, and ran for 16 weeks.
Read it at: http://www.erbzine.com/mag58/5803.html
An era ended on this date in 1984. Johnny Weissmuller,
the most well-known Tarzan actor, in fact -- the man who owned the role
-- passed away.
Johnny was living in Acapulco, Mexico, at the time, and
he selected that area as his final resting place.
It's often been noted that Johnny's name is spelled incorrectly
on his marker. Actually, it is spelled properly on his actual gravestone,
which is a marble slab with a book with his name on it. Very close by is
a tall "marker," with the word "Tarzan" and his name spelled with only
one "S." Photos show the gravestone to the left of the tall marker-plaque
(also called a "stela" or "stele," a closeup of the plaque, and the gravestone
slab itself. Although Johnny played Tarzan in 12 movies, it is fitting
that the marker shows Johnny's name on a book, the medium in which Tarzan
Here's some facts about Johnny's passing and other "Trivia"
from Bill Hillman's erbzine page on "Tarzan
and the Mermaids":
* In 1973, in the final ravages of fame that also befell
actor George Raft and boxing great Joe Lewis, Weissmuller worked as a greeter
at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. A broken hip led to a series of illnesses
and he went back to Acapulco to retire at his round-house in the Hotel
Los Flamingos. He died in his sleep on January 20, 1984, five months before
his 80th birthday.
* Weissmuller died of pulmonary edema (water in the lungs).
* Johnny is buried in the Jardines del Tiempo (Gardens
of Time) cemetery just outside of Acapulco
* Co-star Linda Christian was the only person from Johnny's
Hollywood days to attend his 1984 funeral in Acapulco.
* Former actor John Gavin attended the funeral in his
official capacity as U.S. Ambassador to Mexico
* In accordance with his wishes, a recording of Weissmuller's
famous Tarzan cry was played as his coffin was lowered into the ground.
The Johnny Weissmuller story:
Linda Christian was also the first Bond girl, playing
the love interest in the 1954 television production of "Casino Royale"
opposite Barry Nelson.
An Edgar Rice Burroughs commemorative stamp was issued
in August of 2012, and many had written letters over the years urging there
be such a stamp. One such person was Mel Sofian, writing for the
Historical and Museum Committee of the Tarzana Community & Cultural
Center, who wrote a letter dated this date, Jan. 20, in 2004.
His letter said, in part:
"Although it is impossible to determine how many copies
of Burroughs' books have been published worldwide, with translations into
thirty-two languages. Burroughs' works have engrossed legions of fans throughout
the world through the Tarzan newspaper features, radio programs, comic
magazines, motion pictures and television series. The motion picture version
of "Tarzan and His Mate"
was recently selected for the Library of Congress' National Film Registry.
His popularity continues to the present day with a current version of a
Tarzan animated feature to be released this year. "
Sofian, pictured below, was active in community causes
up until his death in 2016 at the age of 94.
See the rest of Sofian's letter at:
Many indeed wrote letters, but the thing that finally
accomplished the goal was an evening of friendship and sharing when Denny
Miller, star of 1959's "Tarzan
the Ape Man," made the suggestion in person to the chairman of
the Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee.
Read about it here:
More about the stamp drawn by Sterling Hundley
"All-Story Weekly" of Jan. 20, 1917, reported "The boys
of Staunton, Virginia, have organized the first Tribe of Tarzan.
They would like to hear from boys in other cities and towns who are interested
in forming tribes in their own jungles. The men of Staunton are helping
the boys of Stuanton. The latter have a Tribe Room where they hold their
meetings; they have grass ropes, bows and arrows, hunting knives, and the
author of "Tarzan of the Apes" is having medallions struck for them symbolic
of Tarzan's diamond-studded golden locket. Boys who are interested are
invited to write to HERMAN NEWMAN, Acting Chief of THE FIRST TRIBE OF TARZAN,
113 North Jefferson Street, Staunton, Virginia.
"The editors of the All-Story extend their heartiest congratulations
and best wishes to Herman Newman and the Tribe, and assure them that they
will do all in their power to help make the organization such a brilliant
success that, in a short time, it shall rival, in membership and popularity
even, the Boy Scouts. It is the earnest hope and belief that in a few years
Tribes of Tarzan will exist in every city and town in the United States,
and will have become, not only a source of keen joy and amusement to the
youth of the country, but also a powerful influence for good."
Some believe the Tribes of Tarzan was a passing fad, and
some other efforts, such as the Tarzan Signal Club and ERB's own "Tarzan
Clans of America" were not lasting, but one could also say that the tribes
continue today under such names as The Burroughs Bibliophiles, the Edgar
Rice Burroughs Chain of Friendship, the Edgar Rice Burroughs Amateur Press
Association, and Facebook groups.
a stepson of Edgar Rice Burroughs, acquired in his marriage to Florence
Gilbert. After Florence passed away, Lee found himself with some
of her books, and of particular interest were ones ERB had personally signed
The most "particular" was probably "Swords
of Mars," with an inscription that read: "To Florence, all
my love, Ed, Tarzana, Jan. 21, 1936." The inscription is found
twice in the book, once on the flyleaf, where ERB wrote it, and again as
a code, with the first letter of the Prologue and of each following chapter
spelling out the inscription.
Puncer interviewed Lee Chase, and those books were discussed
FRANK: Irwin Porges asked your mother whether
ERB ever discussed any of his stories with her, and I assume he meant while
he was writing them. The response was negative. Yet Ed gave Florence many
copies of his books. Here is a first edition of "Swords of Mars," an intriguing
title in that it contains a secret message: "To Florence with all my love
always, Ed," spelled out by stringing together the first letter of the
first word in each chapter.
LEE: Mother was very fond of that book. She found the
hidden message to be an extremely romantic gesture. There was even a specially
bound, light-tan pigskin covered copy that Ebbie gave to her. It was the
first bound copy that came from the printer which Ebbie must have had re-covered.
It's not around anymore and I don't know what became of it. It wasn't with
my sister's things, and I don't believe Uncle Eddie had it either.
The inscription actually begins with the Prologue and
then continues on through the numbered chapters. It ends after "Ed," and
does not include "Tarzana" and the date.
The interview itself contains an error, when Frank mentions
that the inscription has the word "always" in it. A look at the first letters
of each word shows that word is not there.
Read the interview at:
ERB probably had fun concocting that code with which
to surprise Florence. He had fun with a lot of things, including counting
cars, as noted in this "Laugh It Off" column from Jan. 21, 1942
"It is amazing how amenable to suggestion we motorists
are. Take for example Colonel Green's suggestion that we pick up pedestrians
going our way.. I had a demonstration of the cooperative spirit of motorists
when I had to walk to my office Sunday morning. I was the sole pedestrian
on Ala Moana, sticking out like a sore thumb -- or a couple of sore feet;
yet thirty two cars going in my direction passed me; and gosh! how I hate
to walk. Anyway, I had fun counting 'em."
In the same column, ERB added: "A lot of us are going
to be able to sympathize with the sufferings of W.C. Fields, who once had
to stay three days in a dry town where he had "nothing to eat but food
and nothing to drink but water."
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