Edgar Rice Burroughs Tribute and Weekly Webzine Site
1996 ~ Over 15,000 Webpages in Archive
ANNIVERSARIES OF ERB'S LIFE
A COLLATION OF THE DAILY
EVENTS IN ERB-WORLD
FROM THE PAGES OF THE HILLMANS'
Collated by John Martin
With Web Design, Added Events,
Illustrations and Photo Collages
by Bill Hillman
JANUARY Part IV
January 22 :: January
23 :: January 24 :: January
25 :: January 26
January 27 :: January
28 :: January 29 :: January
30 :: January 31
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Jan. 22, 1966, probably didn't generate any ERB headlines
in many newspapers, but on that date Ron Ely left the U.S. for the
jungles of Brazil to begin filming the new "Tarzan"
television series. The product was ready for the marketplace by
Sept. 16 of that year, as ERB fans gathered around their television sets
to hear that famous jungle call sounding from off the top of a waterfall
and to see Tarzan swinging into action every week for two years.
Ron Ely's Tarzan TV Series:
It was a heady decade, those 1960s, and the momentum
was still going in 1966 and 1967. The decade began with Gordon
Scott's last Tarzan movie, "Tarzan
the Magnificent," and within a couple of years ERB fans -- old
ones and newly created ones -- were buying paperback ERB novels off the
grocery store racks and those who could afford to pay just a little bit
more were ordering hardbound Canaveral editions at $2.95 each.
Gordon Scott Tribute
Tarzan the Magnificent
In 1966, that magic year that Tarzan first appeared in
a regular TV series, April saw the appearance of a new, authorized Tarzan
novel, "Tarzan and the
Valley of Gold," by Fritz Lieber, although there was criticism
from some fans when Ballantine labeled it "No. 25," as if it was a part
of the "canon" created by ERB himself! Although it's been published only
once, in that Ballantine edition, it is a pretty good Tarzan novel and
well worth having and reading. It was followed a couple of months later
by the actual movie, starring Mike Henry.
Tarzan and the Valley of Gold book and movie:
Tarzan and the Great River
Mike Henry played Tarzan three times, including
again in 1967 ("Tarzan
and the Great River"). Meanwhile, there was Ely's second season
on television; House
of Greystoke presses rolled with a reprint of Tarzan newspaper
strips in "The Illustrated
Tarzan Book #1;" an ERB novel, "I
Am A Barbarian," was published for the first time; and Robert Fenton's
ERB biography, "The Big
Swingers," and John
Coleman Burroughs' "Treasure
of the Black Falcon" both appeared in print.
Not every era can match that 60s era, but we seem to
be in the midst of another such time in history. In 2012 it was the John
Carter and "Lord of the Jungle" comic books, the "John
Carter" movie; Al
Bohl's Morgan City, Louisiana, Tarzan Festival; the new ERB
stamp issued in connection with the Dum-Dum
in August of 2012; and Stan Galloway's Tarzan Centennial Conference
in Bridgewater, Va., in October and November.
Those were followed by such things as two new Tarzan
history books by Scott Tracy Griffin, a new bibliography by
B. Zeuschner, special reprint editions of "Back to the Stone Age"
and "Land of Terror" by Jim Gerlach; Michael Tierney's
100-year art chronology, and lots of new fiction telling new stories
from the worlds of Edgar Rice Burroughs. These titles and more are featured
at: ERB Still Lives
A new major motion picture, "The
Legend of Tarzan," hit screens in 2016, and there's still a big
Dum and ECOF every year.
And this decade still has a couple of years to go, so
no telling what will happen next!
The Illustrated Tarzan Book #1
I Am A Barbarian
Treasure of the Black Falcon
John Carter of Mars Movie
Al Bohl's Tarzan festival:
Notes on the start of Ely's trip to Brazil and other
ERB dates as well:
Recent Editions of ERB-Related Books
The Legend of Tarzan film
Annual Dum-Dum and ECOF Conventions
"Sweetheart Primeval," the second half of "The
Eternal Lover," began as a serial this date, Jan. 23, 1915, in
Weekly." It was the 14th ERB story to be published. Yes, once ERB
broke into print in 1912, he really started churning them out!
"The Eternal Lover" also marked the fourth, though limited,
appearance of Tarzan of the Apes. On another Jan. 23, in 1938, ERB was
interviewed on KFWB in Hollywood and said he had originally planned to
write only two Tarzan stories. That's probably why, in this book, he mentioned
that Lord Greystoke had "once been" Tarzan of the Apes.
However, his third, "The
Beasts of Tarzan," had already appeared in print, and the fourth
full-fledged Tarzan Novel, "The
Son of Tarzan," would come out later in 1915.
That first appearance of "Sweetheart Primeval" was illustrated
by P.J. Monahan.
The cover, and other Monahan art, is at
All the Eternal Lover covers from the pulp serial
are featured at:
More details about Eternal Lover are at:
For a synopsis of the story, see:
Read the entire Eternal Lover in e-Text edition at
Gil Gerard celebrates his 75th birthday today,
Jan. 23. Sci-fi fans remember him in the role of Buck Rogers in the late
70s TV series, "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century." In one episode, "Planet
of the Slave Girls" (originally broadcast Sept. 27, 1979), he encountered
Tarzan actor Buster Crabbe, in the role of Brigadier Gordon. Crabbe,
of course, under his alternate screen name of Larry Crabbe, also played
the role of Buck Rogers, in a 1939 serial, as well as Flash Gordon. His
Tarzan outing was the 1933 Universal serial, "Tarzan
the Fearless," which also had a movie version.
Crabbe's Buck Rogers at:
Crabbe as Buck Rogers along with former Tarzan and
ERB son-in-law, James Pierce (bearded)
ERB hated chain letters, but he
once sent one, on Jan. 23, 1930, complete with a poem of apology
for doing so:
"I never did this thing before ~ Nor shall I do it
ever more ~ Forgive my first! ~ Of all the goddam pests there be ~ Chain
letter writers seem to me ~ By far the worst ~ But when the Prince of Wales
I see ~ And others of celebrity ~ I almost burst ~ With pride and with
avidity ~ I seize my pen and send to thee ~ This thing accurst."
ERB's Chain Letter
Who else was on this chain? See the ERBzine Bio Timeline:
"Deadly Gambit," by Gray Morrow and Don Kraar,
began Jan. 23, 1994, and ran for 12 Sundays.
Read it at:
ERB was at his most sarcastic and indignant in an article
published in the L.A. Times on Jan. 24, 1940, when he took on the L.A.P.D.
for shooting down citizens.
He began his article by recounting the gist of a news
story he had read: "A citizen has been arrested and booked on suspicion
of manslaughter because, after hearing a noise in the kitchen of a girl
friend and seeing a prowler, he shot the man after warning him three times
and ordering him to come out with his hands up."
ERB then contrasted that with the fact that no police
offers had been charged similarly in three separate incidents of "...innocent
men being shot by plainclothesmen of the police or Sheriff's forces for
running away from what each one though was a holdup, but I have not read
that any of these peace officers was arrested or booked."
ERB personalized the article with: "My interest in this
matter was aroused by an experience that one of my sons had with a couple
of the highly intelligent, courteous and efficient bully-boys of the Los
Angeles Police Department. He was accosted, insulted and manhandled on
a lonely street in Bel-Air one night last year and accused of being the
'Phantom Burglar' of Bel-Air.
"His first and natural reaction when he saw two men leap
from a car and come for him was to run, for he believed that he was about
to be the victim of a hold-up or a kidnapping. Had he run he would have
He continued: "It seems to me that something should be
done about this shooting of men simply because they run away from an imagined
danger. If it is a capital crime to run, at least give us a fair trial
and an opportunity to kiss our loved ones good-by. Perhaps, inasmuch as
we protect sage hens and speckled trout with a closed season, we might
have a closed season for runners."
ERB said he had written the police chief as well as the
police commission and not received the courtesy of a reply.
"It seems to me quite bad enough to have to be in constant
terror of holdup men and kidnapers without having the Police Department
shooting at us every time we go out at night," he concluded.
There's a little more to the article which can be read
in full by scrolling down to the article, "Shooting
In some states, it is legal to shoot an intruder who is
inside your home if you say you feared for your life. I don't know what
the law is, at present, in California.
I wonder if ERB refers, above, to Hulbert, or John.
A decade earlier, in 1940, ERB had written a much different
article about the police. In "The
Citizen and the Police," published in 1929 in "The Police Reporter,"
ERB wrote, among other things: "If we were to lie awake nights for a year
trying to evolve the most asinine thing that we could do, we could not
achieve a more monumental asininity than that of aiding the present insidious
campaign of calumny directed against the police, whereby we are undermining
our personal safety and playing into the hands of our natural enemies --
the crooks, criminals and grafters who constitute the organized forces
of lawlessness that are a peculiar consequence of present-day American
See that whole article at:
Obvioiusly, ERB called them as he saw them and, like the
police, was a "straight-shooter," depending on the circumstances and his
frame of mind at the time.
Novelty song-writer and singer Ray Stevens was born this
day in 1939. I probably first heard of Ray Stevens back in high school
when he came out with "Ahab the Arab." That was 1962.
But in 1969, Stevens had his first gold single, "Gitarzan,"
a song undoubtedly familiar to all ERB fans. Several versions of it can
usually be found by searching Youtube.
Lyrics and Video at ERBzine's "Tarzan On Record"
and the Apes," by Russ
Manning, began Jan. 24, 1971, and ran for four Sundays.
Read it at: http://www.erbzine.com/mag21/2126.html
Tarzan morphed from the printed word to pictures in two different
ways starting Jan. 25, 33 years apart.
In 1932, Rex Maxon's daily strip began presenting
ERB's story of "Tarzan
and the Ant Men," with continuity provided by R.W. Palmer, who
teamed with Maxon on several strips.
In 1965, filming began for "Tarzan
and the Valley of Gold," featuring Mike
Henry in the role of Tarzan. Many fans have said he is the actor
who most closely matched their own vision of Tarzan's looks.
The plot, summed up on a Bill Hillman erbzine page: "The
international criminal Vinaro enjoys sending explosive wristwatches to
his enemies. Here he kidnaps ten-year-old Ramel whom he thinks can lead
him to the lost city of gold. Tarzan fights the evil Mr. Train, six-foot-six
bodyguard of Vinaro, and rescues Sophia (Nancy Kovack), who has been left
to die with an explosive around her neck. Various animals help Tarzan locate
Vinaro's tanks and helicopters, the city and the boy.
Speaking of the gear he needs: "I'll need a good rope,
a hunting knife, and a soft piece of leather." I hope he meant he had to
get the hunting knife of his long-dead sire out of his suitcase. Can't
imagine Tarzan heading off to the Americas without one!
As for the soft piece of leather, we know what that was
for: "The outfit is casual, but practical."
Photos galore here in the ERBzine Photo Gallery Pages:
Background on the movie and book:
More facts and trivia at Internet Movie Data Base:
Edgar Rice Burroughs, true crime writer, went public
with his first column on William Hickman printed in the "L.A.
Examiner" this date, Jan. 26, 1928.
ERBzine's coverage begins with: "For a two-week period
in 1928, Burroughs, on temporary assignment as a newspaper columnist covering
one of Los Angeles' most sensational trials, bombarded the public with
a series of explosive statements and accusations. Certainty that the trial
of William Edward Hickman, charged with the kidnap-murder of little Marion
Parker and the dismemberment of her body, would arouse nationwide interest
led the Los Angeles Examiner to hire Burroughs to attend the sessions and
write a syndicated column giving his personal reactions. The column, appearing
January 26 to February 10, presented Burroughs in his most irascible and
"Controversial areas he selected for particular vituperation
included the question of Hickman's insanity and the alienists who proposed
this theory, the court procedures and the laws, the trial atmosphere, and
the heredity and the breeding of criminals. Burroughs ridiculed the assertions
of defense attorney Walsh and the psychiatrists that Hickman was insane."
On January 26, at the trial opening, Burroughs wrote:
"Hickman is not normal. But abnormality does not by any
means imply insanity. Hickman is a moral imbecile and moral imbecility
is not insanity. The moral imbecile is as well able to differentiate between
right and wrong as is any normal man the difference between the two lies
in the fact that the moral imbecile does not care what the results may
be to others so long as he may gratify his abnormal egotism or his perverted
Background of the case:
"On December 15, 1927, Marian Parker, the 12-year-old
daughter of Perry Parker, a prominent banker in Los Angeles, was abducted
from her school. A man had appeared at the principal's office and said
that her father had been injured in a terrible accident. Letters demanding
money were sent to her father for several days. All the communications,
which often taunted the parents, were signed with names such as, "Fate,"
"Death," and "The Fox." Negotiations with the suspect continued until a
price was agreed upon and a meeting was set. Mr. Parker placed the ransom
money, $1,500 in cash, in a black bag and drove off to meet "The Fox."
At the rendezvous, Mr. Parker handed over the money to a young man who
was waiting for him in a parked car. When Mr. Parker paid the ransom, he
could see his daughter, Marion, sitting in the passenger seat next to the
suspect. As soon as the money was exchanged, the suspect drove off with
the victim still in the car. At the end of the street, Marion's corpse
was dumped onto the pavement. She was dead. Her legs had been chopped off
and her eyes had been wired open to appear as if she was still alive. Her
internal organs had been cut out and pieces of her body were later found
strewn all over the Los Angeles area.
"A massive manhunt for her killer began that involved
over 20,000 police officers and American Legion volunteers. Suspicion quickly
settled upon a former employee of Mr. Parker named William Edward Hickman
who had previously been arrested on a complaint by Mr. Parker regarding
stolen and forged checks. Hickman had been convicted and had done prison
time. Hickman was arrested a week after the murder in Echo, Oregon. Eventually,
Hickman confessed to a dozen armed robberies. Though his attorneys attempted
to plead insanity for Hickman, the jury wouldn't buy it. He was convicted
of murder and hanged at San Quentin prison in 1928. The Marion Parker case
shocked America and inflamed the public's feeling for vengeance against
Hickman got a speedy trial and was dangling from a rope
within a year of his horrendous crime. And, he got the "Edgar Rice Burroughs
treatment" as well.
[Note: Usually, girls are named Marian and boys
are called Marion. I have seen it on the web stories of this case spelled
both ways. I used the "Marion" spelling as that is the one used most.]
ERBzine's ERB / 1928 Hickman Trial Connection covers
the event in 5 illustrated pages - including ERB's columns and ERBzine
correspondence with family members and family scrapbook material:
Another Tarzan author was born this date, Jan. 26, in
1918. Philip Jose Farmer wrote several books featuring Tarzan, thinly
disguised. He chronicled many events of the English lord's life that ERB
left out, including his sweeping biography, "Tarzan
After writing about Tarzan-like characters under other
names, Farmer finally got permission to do a novel featuring Tarzan by
name, "The Dark Heart of Time."
The Philip José Farmer / Edgar Rice Burroughs
Philip José Farmer Remembered and covers of
his Tarzan-related books:
The official Farmer site:
by Gray Morrow and Don Kraar, began Jan. 26, 1992, and ran for 12 Sundays.
What happens when Tarzan agrees to step into the ring with professional
wrestlers? But first, a nod to John Carter.
Read it at: http://www.erbzine.com/mag35/3540.html
On Jan. 27, 1918, movie-goers were treated to "...a daring
spectacle, educational, an unusually entertaining picture, the most thrilling
picture ever shown, a production nothing short of marvelous, and the greatest
film of the age."
It was, of course, the day that "Tarzan
of the Apes" premiered at New York's Broadway Theatre. "The theatre
lobby was done up as a jungle decorated with hanging moss, large tree boughs,
and many stuffed animals, including the lion that Elmo had reportedly killed
during production. Monkeys and apes swung through the faux foliage and
theatre boxes while a 30-piece symphony orchestra provided a jungle-themed
musical score. Similar displays were adopted by other theatres when the
film opened nationwide."
Playing Tarzan was Elmo
Lincoln, who literally acted with his chest. "His normal chest
measurement was 48 inches, but expanded to an extraordinary 53 inches.
His chest was probably responsible for much of his fame in films. He could
project defiance by breathing deeply after heroic deeds, or during love
scenes. Elmo could gesture and perform with his chest the way other actors
used their eyes and facial expressions."
For more, see:
What were the five Tarzan movies (including serials) was
Elmo Lincoln in? Count carefully at:
(Or, just answer off the top of your head!)
by Gray Morrow and Don Kraar, began Jan. 27, 1991, and ran for 12 Sundays.
Professor Samuel T. Philander is out to stop illegal loggers from razing
the Pacific Northwest rain forests. Loggers are tough, but fortunately
Mr. Philander has Tarzan on his side.
It may have been helpful, and was sometimes fun, but during
the six weeks that ERB wrote his "Laugh It Off" columns for Hawaii
newspaper readers, he also discovered that -- instead of having to deal
with just one editor, such as Thomas Metcalf of "The All-Story"-- he had
to deal with several, including military censors as well as the regular
newspaper editor, and apparently with several other groups which would
object to this or that item that he had written!
And so, on Jan. 28, 1942, ERB shrugged off his "Laugh
It Off" column and probably breathed a sigh of relief. Not only was he
out from under the obligation of having to find enough items to put together
an almost-daily effort, but he was free to do some things he preferred
-- such as becoming involved in a radio broadcast experiment and also having
an opportunity to go closer to where the war's action was.
The column had begun Dec. 13, 1941, a few days after the
attack on Pearl Harbor, and was undertaken at the suggestion of the Army,
as a morale booster for readers of the "Honolulu Advertiser" and the "Star-Bulletin."
But, by Jan. 13, 1942, ERB was thinking that perhaps
his endeavor had run its course, and wrote in his column: "A
question to my readers: Shall I continue this series or go on to do something
else? I really have plenty of other things to do, but if 'The Star-Bulletin'
readers want this column to go on, I'd like to know. Write the editor of
'The Star-Bulletin'and tell him, please."
ERB was probably hoping for a lot of letters telling the
editor to deep-six his column, but instead the letters of support rolled
in! Nonetheless, ERB decided to end the column anyway, and did so with
the last one on Jan. 28.
The last paragraph of that last column was:
"When, at the request of army authorities,
I undertook to conduct this column shortly after December 7, I felt that
it might aid in bolstering civilian morale. Perhaps it was helpful for
a short time. I hope so. but attempting to bolster civilian morale in the
islands is like taking coals to Newcastle. Our morale is tops, and it will
remain tops if each of us takes it upon himself to keep his own morale
high, no matter what happens - and plenty may happen before we are done
with this mess. Fear is contagious. If you are ever afraid, camouflage
it. In closing this column, I wish to thank all those who have aided me
by their contributions and the many who have encouraged me by their kind
letters. I wish to thank the Sylvias and the Muriels for the amusement
they have afforded. And so, aloha!"
That's what he said publicly. Privately, in a letter to
Joan written that same Jan. 28, he said: "I can't
do much to win the war, either here or on the Mainland. I have quit writing
my silly column and am going to work with Jack Halliday and others on a
radio program for KGMB, which they hope will prove good enough for the
network; so you may hear the sweet strains of my voice some day when you
tune in on CBS. As this will require much of my time, I cannot conduct
a column too.
"That you may see how silly my
column is, I am enclosing one. It has been sort of fun; but bucking a newspaper
editor, a military censor, and, apparently, the WCTU and the Epworth League,
and probably the PTA and the advertisers has rather cramped my well known
style. Even a little 'damn' was cut out of one story I told - and the damn
was the whole point of the story."
Yes, even in trying to do his patriotic duty and shore
up the public resolve, ERB had to fight with the accursed editors!
However, even ERB couldn't kill "Laugh It Off" forever.
He used the same name for a column he wrote for a few issues of "Hawaii
Magazine" in 1945 and 1946!
ERB's Jan. 28 letter
to Joan at:
1945-46 Hawaii Magazine columns
is Honolulu Advertiser, Dec. 8, 1941 -- its first edition after
the attack. ERB would likely have read this newspaper. Later, in December,
and in January it carried his column, "Laugh It Off."
The Honolulu Advertiser was curtailed by a broken gear
on its press and could not publish on Dec. 7. The Star-Bulletin allowed
the Advertiser to use its presses for its Dec. 8 edition, but that did
not stop the morning paper from making one of the biggest front-page errors
of the war.
Acting on what former Honolulu Advertiser Editor George
Chaplin said was "an unidentified Army source," the Advertiser declared,
"Saboteurs Land Here!"
The erroneous report prompted the Army to call in the
Advertiser editors, Chaplin wrote in his 1998 history of the Advertiser,
"Presstime in Paradise." The editors were told "if there was a repetition,
the paper would be closed."
With the advent of martial law on the afternoon of Dec.
7, Hawaii was placed under the heaviest press censorship ever imposed on
an American territory, according to Helen Chapin, author of "Shaping History:
The Role of Newspapers in Hawaii."
is Honolulu Star-Bulletin's third Extra on Dec. 7, 1941.
ERB would have no doubt read this newspaper. It was soon to start running
his "Laugh It Off" column through the end of January, 1942.
Jimmy Durante once played a character named Schnarzan.
In the 1934 movie, "Hollywood Party," he is known as Schnarzan the Conqueror.
But, says IMDB, the public is tiring of his fake lions. So when Baron Munchausen
comes to town with real man-eating lions, Durante throws a big party so
that he might use the lions in his next movie. His film rival sneaks into
the party to buy the lions before Durante. The film also stars Laurel and
Hardy as well as Johnny Weissmuller's real-life wife, Lupe
Durante died this date, Jan. 29, 1980.
Information and photos of this Durante spoof are included
in the ERBzine coverage of Tarzan
and His Mate.
Here's two different scenes on youtube where Durante
gives his extremely unique Tarzan yell:
More about this wild and wacky comedy at:
Manuel Padilla Jr., Jai to Ron Ely's Tarzan,
passed away Jan. 29 in 2008 of unknown causes. He also played little boys
named Pepe and Ramel in two of the Mike Henry Tarzan movies. He was 51
at the time of his death.
Ron Ely Tarzan TV Series
Mike Henry Tarzan Movies
ERB didn't like Rex
Maxon's artwork any better than some of the fans, and told the
Metropolitan Newspaper Service his opinion on Jan. 29, 1930. Didn't do
him much good, though, as Maxon continued to illustrate Tarzan strips for
The Maxon Tarzan strips are ALL reprinted in ERBzine
That and more notations on events in ERB's life:
On Jan. 30, 2000, David
Adams wrote an analysis of ERB's "Tarzan
Jr.," using the Proppism, a way of studying folk literature devised
Adams said "Propp works quite well for 'Tarzan Jr.' That's
because ERB always instinctively knew what he was doing when he was writing
even if it was a silly little vignette like this one. The amazing thing
is the fact that he plays around with psychological word games even in
this trifle, but that's not really so amazing at all because his normal
bean always worked this way. Burroughs was a universal natural when all
the gears were spinning."
See David Adams' analysis at:
And read Tarzan Jr. at:
For information on Propp and his 31-step method, see:
Once you have mastered the Propp method, you too can
write a thrilling adventure story!
Also, you can study how the Propp method plays out in
a book such as the Big
Little Book version of "Tarzan
and the Ant Men," which was copyrighted this date, Jan. 30, in
The BLB version was adapted from the daily Tarzan
strips by Rex Maxon
In 1933, on Jan. 30, "The Lone Ranger" was heard
on radio for the first time. A total of 2,956 episodes ran through 1955.
That Lone Ranger was a busy, busy man! In 1980, The Lone Ranger was teamed
up with another busy man, Tarzan, for "The Lone Ranger/Tarzan Adventure
Hour" (Zorro was added later) from 1980 to 1982.
Listen to a Lone Ranger radio episode in ERBzine at:
The Gaylord Dubois / Lone Ranger Connection ~ 1936
Memories of your ERBzine editor: Lone Ranger Appears
on our TV show
WHO WAS THAT MASKED MAN? ~ Hi-Yo Silver ~ The Lone
Ranger Is In The Studio
The Super Bowl is Feb. 4 in 2018, but it will be nothing
like the 2000 Super Bowl, when Phil Collins sang a song from
"Tarzan" at halftime of the Jan. 30, 2000 event.
This Phil Collins' Academy Award/Golden Globes-winning
Tarzan song: "You'll Be In My Heart" expanded into TARZAN THE MUSICAL
Your editors attended all the opening night performances
and took many photos of Collins and performers at these events:
BROADWAY - NEW YORK CITY
Glenn Morris and Eleanor Holm died at the box
office when "Tarzan's Revenge" was released, and then went on to
die on the same day of the month. Morris died on Jan. 31, 1974, at the
age of 61, and Eleanor passed away Jan. 31, 2004, at the age of 90.
One of the cast members almost made it a threesome. Hedda
Hopper, who played Penny in the movie, didn't quite manage to die on Jan.
31, but hung on until Feb. 1, 1966.
ERBzine feature page on the movie:
On a more uplifting note, some other ERB people began
life this day. Phil Collins, songsman of Disney's "Tarzan," entered
the world Jan. 31, 1951, and Minnie Driver, who provided the voice
of Jane in the same movie, was born Jan. 31, 1971.
Special pre-release screening on the Disney Lot
In other transitions of life, ERB married Emma
in Chicago on this date in 1900, and gained a salary increase to $15 a
week as a wedding present.
A few years later, on their wedding anniversary, Jan.
31, 1919, the ERB family left for L.A. on the Santa Fe.
A train similar to ERB's:
The Super Chief:
In 1940 on Jan. 31, ERB agreed to participate in a memorial
to Zane Grey, whose
works he said "will live forever as authentic records of days that are
fast disappearing." He also considered Booth
Tarkington, author of the "Penrod" series and other books, as "our
Bill Hillman's Zane Grey tribute site:
See the ERBzine Bibliography for all of Zane Grey's
books - many with e-text links - Starting at:
See the series on the ERB/ZG Connection - starting
Tarkington books in ERB's library plus an e-text link
to PENROD at:
On Jan. 31, 1876, all Native American Indians were ordered
to move to reservations. Go-yat-thlay was quoted, before he died
in February, 1909, as saying, "I should have never surrendered. I should
have fought until I was the last man alive."
In other news from the ERBiverse
On Jan. 31, 1865, General Robert E. Lee was named general-in-chief
of the Confederate armies, and we believe that Captain John Carter of Virginia
was first in line to shake his hand.
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