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'
Compiled by John Martin
With Web Design, Added Events,
Illustrations and Photo Collages
by Bill Hillman
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9 ~ AUG 10 ~ AUG 11
AUG 12 ~ AUG
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James and Joan Wedding & Tarzan Radio Show ~ Hillman Photos:
Pierces at Tarzana & Headstones ~ Hulbert birth announcement
Hully and Bill Hillman at Tarzana Office ~ Jack and Mom Emma
~ Jack and Jane with John, Dian, Danton ~ Burroughs Family ~ Joan, Hully,
*** The future son-in-law of Edgar Rice Burroughs was born
on Aug. 8, 1900, and -- on Aug. 8, 91 years later -- a Burroughs son died.
James H. Pierce, the son-in-law, was born in Freedom,
Indiana, one of three Tarzans to come from the Hoosier state, the other
two being Elmo Lincoln, born in Rochester in 1889, and Denny
Miller, born in 1934 in Bloomington.
James H. Pierce Autobiography
*** James Pierce grew up to star in the last Tarzan
silent, "Tarzan and the Golden Lion," 1927, where he got to meet
Karloff, who would turn into the Frankenstein monster four years later.
Tarzan and the Golden Lion
*** A year later, on Aug. 8, 1928, Pierce and Joan
Burroughs were married - Joan (20 years) and James Pierce (27 years)
-- at Tarzana Ranch. The date was also Pierce's birthday. Pierce, former
University of Indiana football star, was now working as a coach at the
University of Arizona. "The wedding went off as per
schedule and everyone seemed to think that it was a very lovely affair,
principally because of its simplicity. Joan was married on the knoll at
the east end of the lily ponds. It made a very pretty setting."
Ed rented an extra camera and Jack and Mr. Rothmund filmed
until dark, taking four reels of film. They had some difficulty as many
of the important shots had to be taken into the setting sun. Chris,
the stableman, the self-proclaimed "world's greatest photographer,"
was assigned the task of taking stills. "He succeeded
in getting two, one of which is good. This was the only disappointment
of the wedding as I had banked on having at least two or three dozen pictures."
"After the ceremony they made their escape without being seen, and after
driving around the Valley for several hours came back and hid under some
trees down the road until after the last of the guests were gone when they
came back to see us, which was mighty sweet of them."
James Pierce and Joan Burroughs Wedding
*** James and Joan wedding news:
*** Four years later, in September of 1932, they began
playing Tarzan and Jane on radio.
Tarzan on Radio starring James and Joan
*** James and Joan survived a few rocky relationships
in their marriage but enjoyed a long and fruitful marriage. They are buried
side by side in Shelbyville, IN. Their roles as Tarzan and Jane
are remembered on their headstones which we visited in 2003.
Gravesite of James and Joan Burroughs Pierce
James Pierce passed away Dec. 11, 1983.
THE BURROUGHS KIDS
The ERB son who died Aug. 8, 1991, was the second of
ERB's three children, Hulbert. August was also the month Hulbert
was born, coming into the world on the 12th in 1909.
John Coleman Burroughs, Hulbert's younger brother,
was a February man, born on Feb. 28 in 1913 and leaving this world on George
Washington's birthday in 1979.
Joan, the eldest, was born Jan. 12, 1908. She
didn't quite make it to a January, passing away on New Year's Eve in 1972.
*** Joan Burroughs Tribute: 5 Pages
*** Hulbert Burroughs:
Hulbert Burroughs Collection
*** John Coleman Burroughs
ERB's Lost On Venus written at MALIBU SUMMER HOME:
Beach Area and Home Interior
with Ed and Tarzan Sheepdog ~ TARZANA RANCH: Aerial
View and Living Room Interior
*** Edgar Rice Burroughs purchased a summer home in
the L.A. Times reported on Aug. 9, 1931. It was a 7-room, Mediterranean-style
house. The $25,000 home had a 40-foot ocean frontage.
Today the location, along La Costa Beach, is known as
the Malibu Wall, with so many vacation homes along the sandy shores that
passing motorists have barely a view of the blue Pacific. But back then
it was a place to go to relax and watch the seagulls. Then and now photos
and other info at:
ERB Malibu Summer Home
*** During the years that Ed owned
his summer getaway in Malibu, 15 new novels were written by ERB.
But one, "Lost on Venus," is believed to have been entirely written
when he was in residence there.
Lost On Venus:
Read the Lost On Venus in e-Text HERE
** ERB HOUSES: 1875-1950: LOCATIONS
~ DATES ~ PHOTOS
COMPILED BY BILL HILLMAN
ERB Homes 1875-1919
ERB Homes 1919-1950
"Where was he when he wrote that?"
*** The baloney that Tarzan is related
to Anna and Elsa of "Frozen," a rumor started by co-director Chris Buck
on MTV on Aug. 9, 2015, needs no debunking among ERB readers, but The Daily
Dot does so for all of those who would like the Pixar and Disney versions
of various classics to all be tied together in one universe:
ERB BIO TIMELINE NOTES
*** 1914: ERB's letter was printed in All-Story-Cavalier's
"Heart to Heart Talks" column: Tarzan Burroughs Outlines His Plans
For The Future
*** 1918: ERB Contributed The Creator of Tarzan
to Book News Monthly
The Creator of Tarzan
*** 1918: ERB received $1000 from Red Book Corp. for
motion picture rights to Oakdale Affair. World Film Co.produced
it as a 5-reeler a year later
The Oakdale Affair: ERBzine C.H.A.S.E.R. Biblio
Oakdale Affair to read in e-Text
Oakdale Affair: The Film
*** 1922: Ed started to write Beware!
Beware!: ERBzine C.H.A.S.E.R. Biblio
Read Beware! in e-Text Pulp Edition
*** 1928: Joan and Jim, the newlyweds, come home
to Tarzana to say good-bye and then leave in Jim's car for Indiana
to visit his people and then on to Coldwater and Chicago
to see relatives of Ed and Emma.
*** 1944: Ed lost 25 cents in a card game at Mildred's.
He had time to write more entries in his notebook.
ERB Bio Timeline Notes
ERB Odyssey Perpetual Calendar: August
Ray "Crash" Corrigan in & out of his many ape
costumes ~ Corrigan's first role: Tarzan the Ape Man
The Hillmans' visit to Corrigan Movie Ranch ~ Jungle
Jim & Bill at Hideout Rock ~ Girl from Hollywood covers
*** In Brookings Harbor, Oregon, on Aug. 10, 1976, Ray
"Crash" Corrigan passed away. Crash was born in Milwaukee in 1902 under
the name of Ray Benard or, some say, Ray Benitz.
His first recorded movie role was as an ape in 1932's
"Tarzan the Ape-Man." The role was an uncredited one, and Corrigan
was to go on to play apes or gorillas in many other movies, including "Tarzan
and His Mate." He must have loved playing apes, because he took both
credited and non-credited roles and would play an ape whether it was the
minor or major character in a film. His roles included an uncredited one
in "Bela Lugose Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla," and he played opposite John
Wayne in some of his outings as one of the Three Mesquiteers in that long-running
B western series. Fan Rob Donkers has noted that Corrigan was also
Weissmuller's stunt double on several occasions.
John Martin: And,
according to the late D. Peter Ogden, publisher of ERBania, "Crash
also costarred, sort of, with Frank Merrill in 'The White Gorilla.'This
cheapo film was primarily made up of footage from Frank Merrill’s silent
serial 'Perils of the Jungle,' with Crash describing the action, as his
character is supposedly watching it all happen, from behind a bush! When
I first saw it on TV in the late seventies, I thought it hilarious, but
I was fascinated because I had never seen any footage of Frank Merrill
in action and it would be many years later before 'Tarzan the Tiger' became
And you can add Bruce Bennett to the mix. He may
not have been in a movie with Crash Corrigan, but he did share at least
one poster with him: I have a framed black and white movie poster (a little
too large to scan) that I picked up in an antique store many years ago.
The poster was for the Centre Theatre at 422 Centre Street (town or state
not named, but elsewhere it says "2nd Trenton Showing," so maybe it was
New Jersey). It advertises a twin bill which was playing at the theatre
for "3 - Big Days - 3." on June 24-26 of some year. At the top it says
"2 of the Wildest Adventures Ever Filmed" and below that, on the left,
is an illustration of Bruce Bennett as Tarzan with arms folded and on the
right is an illo of a white ape carrying a woman who's wearing something
akin to a one-piece bathing suit.
In between the two illustrations it reads:
SEE Fighting Elephants, Snarling Lions, Ferocious
Leopards, Monkeys, Hyenas, Wild Buffalo, Dangerous Rhinos.
The Black and White Gorillas Locked in a Death Struggle!
Tarzan Battling Lions - Savages - Alligators - Tigers
On the bottom it identifies the movies: ...with the
new Tarzan: BRUCE BENNETT
The New Adventures of Tarzan and on the right,
with no stars listed, it just says: The White Gorilla.
Across the bottom is the claim: 1001 - Amazing Jungle
Thrills - 1001 ~ Also at the bottom it says "Free Comic Books for the Children".
*** Bill Hillman:
During our visits to Tarzana we often drive over to Simi Valley.
The two main attractions there are the Reagan
Library/Museum and the Corriganville
Movie Ranch. Our first visit there was during the Brews and
Blue Festival held at the site. A movie buff pointed out the many locations
that may be seen in so many films -- many of them featuring Ray "Crash"
Corrigan who even lived on the grounds in the old Western Village.
Sadly, much of the site has been destroyed by fires,
but we spent the afternoon exploring the cement pond containing a waterproof
structure where cameras filmed underwater scenes, "entering" the cave featured
in Nyoka, etc., admiring the unique vegetation of Sherwood Forest,
marvelling at the RR tunnel, crawling under the huge "hideout rock" and
distinctive trees and climbing the famous towering rocks - all of which
can be seen in a multitude of Western, Jungle, and Adventure movies.
Only the foundations remain of the Silvertown Western
Village and Fort Apache, but we took photos of it all. When
we needed a rest after all the rock climbing we retreated under the trees
where tents and kiosks were set up for us to enjoy local brews before moving
over to the stage to listen to blues/rock bands.
Even after the many decades since his passing, Crash
Corrigan's name and legacy are still very much alive. There are signs all
around the area identifying the famous film locations. Many of the photos
of these visits are shared in our ERBzine pages.
Hillmans Visit Corriganville Movie Ranch - 8 Pages:
Ted McKosky's Discusses Crash Corrigan
Tarzan the Ape Man
Ray Corrigan biography
*** 1923: The Girl from Hollywood was published
by The Macauley Company ~ 320 pages ~ Heins word count: 67,000 ~ in a deal
set up by Bob Davis. Reviews were highly critical. The semi-autographical
story was illustrated by P. J. Monahan.
The Girl from Hollywood: ERB C.H.A.S.E.R. Biblio
Girl from Hollywood: Read in e-Text
*** 1945: Hulbert
relayed news from Hickam Field that the war was over.
ERB Bio Timeline
Peter Cushing as Abner Perry in At the Earth's
Core ~ Barsoom (Mars) Moons: Thuria (Phobos) and Cluros (Deimos)
Ray Bradbury and Mentor ERB ~ 1917 Tarzan
Ape Costumes in Louisiana ~ ERB's Daily Events Cartoons
*** An article which quoted
Bradbury sounding out high praise for the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs
was updated on Aug. 11, 2011. Read Bradbury's praise of ERB in ERBzine.
In the photo Ray Bradbury had to go shirtless on a day when the temperature
reached 451 Fahrenheit.
Ray Bradbury Remembers ERB
Bradbury: Praise for the Legacy of ERB
*** Jasoomian Asaph Hall discovered
the two moons of Mars on Aug. 11, 1877. Unaware that the satellites
already had been named by the Barsoomian inhabitants of the Red Planet,
he designated them for the Greek mythological twins Phobos (panic/fear)
and Deimos (terror/dread) who accompanied their father Ares, god
of war, into battle.
Phobos is the larger of the two moons but its orbit it
too close to Mars for comfort and in 50 million years, should the Solar
System last that long, it will either crash into the planet or break up
and form a ring around it. The proper name of Phobos among Martians is
while the correct name for Deimos is Cluros.
Thuria, we ERB fans know, is inhabited by blue-haired
Tarids, who can make themselves invisible, and by vicious one-eyed, two-mouthed
cat people. John Carter learned this when he traveled there from Barsoom.
Thuria is much smaller than Barsoom and its inhabitants are proportionately
smaller than Martians so that, to the Thurians, their world appears as
big as Barsoom does to its surface dwellers. An anamoly is in place in
which those traveling from Barsoom to Thuria slowly shrink, along with
their spaceship, so that they are the size of the Thurians by the time
Secret of Thuria I by Den Valdron
Secret of Thuria II by Den Valdron
Swords of Mars: ERB C.H.A.S.E.R. Biblio
Barsoom Gazetteer and Glossary by Huck
Swords of Mars: Read the e-Text edition
Marking Time On Burroughs' Barsoom
Glossary in ERBlist
Summary of Swords/Mars
*** The man who stitched together
the Frankenstein monster and destroyed Dracula (temporarily) also won a
spot in the ERB Movie Hall of Fame, being the only man to bring Abner Perry
to the screen.
That man was Peter Cushing, who passed away Aug.
11, 1994, in Canterbury, England.
Cushing co-starred in ERB's "At the Earth's Core"
in 1976, opposite Doug McClure, who played David Innes.
Besides his many outings in Hammer horror films, Cushing
is also remembered for his role as Grand Moff Tarkin in the first "Star
Wars." He was probably the only man in that universe who could tell Darth
Vader to knock it off, when Vader monkeyed around with a fellow officer
by using The Force to take his breath away.
At the Earth's Core: ERBzine Silver Screen
At the Earth's Core: Lobby Display
1917: The Moving Picture World magazine reports
that National Film's Los Angeles studio is preparing for the production
of Tarzan of the Apes and is making ape costumes.
Tarzan of the Apes 1918: Film Factoids
Al Bohl Research: Tarzan of Louisiana Jungle
1905: Ed continued documenting
many of the daily events in his life with a series of cartoons from
1905 and 1906.
ERB's Cartoons of his Daily Events: 1905/1906
ERB and Ralpph Rothmund, longtime trusted secretary
of ERB, Inc. ~ Hulbert Burroughs: camping, WWII photographer,
with JCB, Danton, Bob Clampett, at ERB's desk during
Hillman visit ~ ERB Registration card for the Great War
Hulbert Burroughs, first-born son of Edgar Rice Burroughs,
was born this date in 1909.
ERB dedicated "The Son of Tarzan" to Hulbert but
ERB fans in search of a first state first edition of that title aren't
keen to find his name on the flyleaf!
Porges wrote: "Tarzan of the Apes" had
been dedicated by Ed to his wife, Emma, and continuing this practice, he
dedicated succeeding novels to members of his family.... On Dec. 3, 1916,
Ed told the publisher: "Please see that this book
[Son] is dedicated to Hulbert Burroughs and win my undying regards."
the publisher mistakenly left it out. However, in later printings, it was
added. So, as all ERB collectors know, a first edition of "Son"
is a first state if there is no dedication, and later editions are identified
by the fact that there is one! Patrick Ewing's ERBfirst.com website
on ERB first editions tells some of the fine points for identifying first
editions such as "The Son of Tarzan" and other ERB books.
Meet Hulbert Burroughs
The Hulbert Burroughs Collection
The Son of Tarzan: ERB C.H.A.S.E.R Entry
Hulbert Burroughs Photo Collage
Ewing's First Editions
*** 1918: August 12-26: ERB joined
his company of six other Oak Park men in training at Camp Steever,
Geneva Lake, Illinois. The training was physically demanding and they often
worked into the night with field maneuvers and trench work. A slow dresser,
Ed took advantage of the permission granted swimmers to turn out for the
Reveille formation in bathing suits and after the set-up exercises ttook
a dip in the lake. He looked forward to the frequent swims in the lake
as a break from camp life:
(Weston Letter Sept 4): "Geneva
is a deep, clear-water lake. The water is never warm and the swimming is
fine. It is one of the deepest lakes of its size in the country and goes
right off within a few feet of the shore into deep water. At one place
Government soundings show it to be 1027 ft. deep but I did not go down
to verify the report. I derived considerable benefit from the training,
especially in the matter of the new spirit of military instruction. I believe
three months intensive training in an officer's training camp would make
me a regular guy again as I feel that I as after my five years at Orchard
Lake. I notice in the new draft law that bald headed men with three children
are to be put into A-1 class so I suppose you and I will soon be in the
front line trenches." He was later promoted to major and to the
command of the First Battalion, Second Infantry of the Illinois Reserves.
Edgar Rice Burroughs Registration Card for the Great
*** 1932: ERB received his feature
article "Men Who Make the Argosy" in Argosy Magazine.
Men Who Make the Argosy: ERB's Article
1941: Ed instructed his children to elect Ralph
Rothmund president of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. and to look
after him financially.
ERB Bio Timeline
The Land That Time Forgot: 1975 Film Poster, Amazing Pulp Cover,
1st Ed. Frontispiece ~ German Sub: U-33 ~
Mildred Jensen and Ralph Rothmund at ERB, Inc. ~ Mike Pierce:
with Vern Coriell, Lex Barker, ERB, wife Jan ~ ERB last photos
ERB fans went to the movies on Aug. 13, 1975, and the days
following, to see the big screen version of one of their favorite ERB novels,
"The Land That Time Forgot."
Since enough non-ERB fans also went to see the movie,
the producer, Amicus Productions of Great Britain, continued turning
to ERB for two other films," The People That Time Forgot" and "At
the Earth's Core."
ERB was not reluctant to write stories with multiple
plot lines, and he had plenty of them in his original novel, to which the
movie was remarkably true. Not only were people stranded on an island full
of dinosaurs, but there was also the story line of constant conflict with
the crew of a German submarine with whom they were stranded, and conflicts
with tribes of people who exhibited various stages of development. Details
on film version, which contained the three plot elements listed above are
featured in the ERBzine coverage.
The submarine of the novel was the U-33. Germany
has had more than one U-33 over the years. The one it had during World
War I, the setting for ERB's novel, sank 13 enemy ships during the war
to end all wars before coming to an end itself in 1918:
The Land That Time Forgot: 1975 Film
The Land That Time Forgot: 1918 Book
Read ERB's LTF Trilogy in e-Text
*** Mildred Bernard Jensen was
hired Aug. 13, 1933, as a secretary to assist Ralph Rothmund who,
himself had been hired as secretary to ERB, six years earlier, Scott
Tracy Griffin reports on page 280 of "Tarzan: The Centennial Celebration."
In a chapter titled "Edgar Rice Burroughs, Incorporated," Griffin
tells the story of ERB forming his corporation to handle business affairs
that were getting more complex. Both Jensen and Rothmund served as longtime
employees of ERB Inc.
When Rothmund retired in 1963, the daily business of
ERB Inc. reverted to members of the ERB family. That was also around the
time when the Burroughs paperback boom was already under way. And when
the family took over they turned up more fodder for the publishers of that
era when, as Griffin wrote, "they found a bounty
of unpublished manuscripts in the safe, totaling half a million words."
Tracy has one of her with Rothmund in his book which
is also featured in the ERB Photo Album.
Jensen and Rothmund in the ERB Photo Album
Jensen and Rothmund: Many references in ERBzine
*** Aug. 13, 1934 -- James
Michael Pierce was born to Jim and Joan (Burroughs) Pierce on Aug.
Nationwide Press Release: FIRST TARZAN
HAS A SON: Daughter of Edgar Rice Burroughs Is Its Mother ~ Associated
Press Release: Hollywood, Cal., August 14 (13), 1934 -- A son was born
today to James Pierce, the original Tarzan of the movies, and his wife,
the former Joan Burroughs, daughter of Tarzan's creator, Edgar Rice Burroughs.
The father entered motion pictures in 1927, and played the part of Tarzan
in "Tarzan and the Golden Lion." Pierce also played in "Ladies of the Mob,"
"Fast Company" and other pictures.
He was ERB's first grandson. Mike went to Harvard Military
Academy in Studio City where he graduated with honours and went on to attend
Arizona State University, Colorado College and the Naval Aviation program
at Pensacola, Florida. He played on the football and basketball teams
and was a champion swimmer and diver. He married Jan Watts of Whittier,
California after graduation and they had a son, James Christian Pierce,
on August 26, 1961, followed by two daughters: Brooke and Courtney.
Mike had often flown with his father in the aircraft that Jim had used
for his real estate dealings and obviously inherited his father's
love of flying as he became a decorated Marine pilot in Viet Nam.
Mike appears in a photo with Vern Coriell, Lex Barker,
and his grandfather in a photo taken on the Tarzan and the Slave
Girl set. The other photo taken during this shoot featured ERB
with daughter Joan, daughter-in-law, Jane, and Lex Barker.
These last photos taken of Edgar Rice Burroughs were shared with
ERBzine by Danton Burroughs from his Burroughs Family Collection.
Joan Burroughs Family Tribute Pages
ERB Last Photo: Tarzan and Slave Girl set
Burroughs' electric car Chicago 1893 ~ Mecca Ave. Car ~ WWII
Army Jeep ~ Ed's Cord ~ Camping Vehicles ~ Republic Truck
Burroughs Horse and Trees ~ Ed's DooDad Aircraft ~ Hully
and ERB ~ PM Amazing Pulp ~ Hully Bookplate ~ Last License
ERB HOOF and WHEEL TALES
*** Bill Hillman's ERB Bio timeline reports that the "parking
lot incident" occurred in Hawaii on this day in 1945. On that
date in history the Japanese surrendered to the U.S. and ERB celebrated
the end of the war with friends and Hulbert who brought his fiancée
Marian Thrasher, but ERB was not about to surrender to the jerk
who stole his parking place. Bill's records come from Danton's archives
and other sources close to ERB Inc., so we'll go with that. Porges, however,
indicates Burroughs wrote of the actual incident in his diary under Aug.
17. Without the entire diary page, it's hard to tell what day he was referring
to, but maybe he was just then getting around to writing what had happened
a few days before. Ed was arrested after a parking lot altercation with
another motorist. In any case, in Porges, p. 648, the ERB biographer writes:
"Ed also had an unexpected experience
with the police. As he started to back his car into a stall in a parking
lot, the place was snatched from under his nose by another motorist. Angered,
Ed called the man a name and in other strong language ordered him to get
out. His diary entry of the seventeenth reported the consequences:
'About 10:30 two policemen came
in a police car and arrested me. They took me to the police station. Phil
[Bird] & Lt. Middleton followed in Phil's car. I was booked and posted
"Inclined to view the whole affair
as a joke, he added, 'We had a good time and it was like old home week.'
However, in court the next day his attitude was quite different. He pleaded
not guilty to the charges the man had preferred against him, and the trial
was set for the twenty-second.It was very humiliating,' Ed wrote. At the
scheduled trial Ed was advised by the prosecuting attorney and bailiff
to 'walk out' and forfeit his bail, since a group of reporters was waiting
and adverse publicity would undoubtedly result. Ed took this advice and
the matter was dropped."
Bill's ERB Bio timeline for the war years:
The Burroughs Boys
ERB: The War Years
*** It wasn't the first time Ed had a brush with the
law over a parking dispute. Earlier in Porges, p. 49, we read: "His
most ludicrous adventure as a bill collector [in Grand Crossing, a suburb
of Chicago] came when he 'parked' his horse, tying it to a tree in front
of a house. He had several stops to make at homes nearby. He had failed
to notice that the horse was stationed near some young trees and also that
the horse was hungry. 'When I returned,' he said, 'I found that he had
eaten the trees and that an irate householder was waiting for me.' The
householder happened to be Lt. Bondfield of the Chicago Police Department.
Bondfield told him off in emphatic language and then sent for one of his
sergeants who lived nearby. Ed was placed under arrest. He described what
" 'I was taken to the Police Station,
and put in a cell in the basement. It was a Saturday afternoon and the
Lieutenant evidently planned to keep me there until Monday, for no effort
was made to reach either my employers or my father, but I succeeded in
making such a damned nuisance of myself that they finally got in touch
with the Knickerbocker Ice Company and I was released on bail. Monday,
when I appeared in court, my father and the judge discovered that they
had won the Civil War together and Lieutenant Bondfield learned that I
was going back to Michigan Military Academy as assistant commandant, where
one of his sons was a cadet, so we all kissed and made up.' "
As for the horse, it probably thought Ed was a pretty
nice guy to tether him so close to all those good-eatin' trees.
*** Ed had another fender bender in 1921:
April 3: 6 PM: Ed's Packard was hit by a dangerous driver on Ventura Boulevard.
He sent a letter to the Automobile Club asking them to prosecute the driver,
the likes of whom should be kept off the roads. "Only
my good driving prevented a serious accident."
*** ERB's final traffic incident occured in 1948 on April
9. The Los Angeles Times reported that ERB was at fault in a three-car
accident on Ventura Boulevard outside the ERB offices. This was an unfortunate
close to Ed's long love affair with motor vehicles and long road trips.
ERB Bio Timeline
*** 1911: Ed used his new office
to complete the first half of his Mars story - working titles include "My
First Adventure on Mars" and "The Green Martians." He then submitted
his unfinished, 12-chapter, 43,000-word, 180-page manuscript to All-Story
Magazine. He decided to use the title Dejah Thoris, Martian Princess
by Normal Bean. The return address was that of the Champlin-Yardly
Company, 222 West Kinzie St., Chicago and typing appears to have been done
by the company secretary. After November 11 his return address woudd be
the home address of 20098 Park Avenue.
A Princess of Mars
Princess Pulp Cover Collage
*** 1920: August 14 - December 16:
Tarzan the Terrible was written. Munsey's All-Story bought
it for $3,000.
Tarzan the Terrible
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