Donation makes fantastic story
Huge sci-fi collection goes to Alberta
Sun ~ October 6, 2007
Science fiction enthusiast Chester Cuthbert (right),
with son Raymond, is donating 60,000 books to the University of Alberta.
Even the size of a Winnipeg man's science fiction collection pushes the
boundaries of reality. Now Chester Cuthbert wants his collection to enrich
young people's minds as it has done with his imagination for decades. He's
donating his entire treasure trove of science fiction -- an estimated 60,000
books and magazines compiled since the 1920s -- to the University of Alberta.
"They've provided me with instruction and entertainment," said Cuthbert,
who turns 95 in a couple of weeks. "It's important to stimulate the imagination.
Reading fantastic literature has been a joy to me, and I hope that other
people enjoy it too."
The senior's astonishing accumulation includes periodicals,
some of his own published fiction and piles of letters to and from other
sci-fi buffs. And virtually all of it had been in boxes stacked in his
Mulvey Avenue house. "You name it, my dad has it," Raymond Cuthbert, the
aficionado's son, said of the collection that started when his father read
a story by Edgar Rice Burroughs as a youth. "From that point on, he became
interested in fantastic literature and began seeking it out. There was
no such term as science fiction when he began collecting. That came later."
Chester Cuthbert said one of the reasons he's parting
with his books is that his eyesight is "deteriorating quite badly," making
reading difficult. During a decades-long career in Winnipeg's insurance
industry and while raising five children, Cuthbert collected a wealth of
Following his wife's death last January, Cuthbert decided
to part with his treasure and selected Edmonton's University of Alberta
to take the materials -- valued at up to $1 million -- because of the institution's
literary reputation and capacity to care for it. "There is no equivalent
institution here that can handle this volume of collection," explained
Raymond Cuthbert, 52. "The public library, University of Manitoba or University
of Winnipeg would be incapacitated with a donation of this size. They just
don't have the people or the space to deal with it."
Randy Reichardt, a former Winnipeg resident, is one of
two U of A library officials charged with organizing the books and magazines
-- including westerns and other genres of fiction -- for shipment west.
The work for him brings back memories of his youth in the '70s, when he
came to know Cuthbert and relished his stuff with other teens. "He opened
his house to us, and his wife always had cookies and drinks. It was just
an amazing place," said Reichardt. "He would pull gems out, and we'd sit
there with our jaws on the floor."
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Interview with ERB fan Don Gray. Dial P for Pulp promo.
Bobby Williams' Tarzan song.
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TARZANA AIRSHIP UPDATE
Unique airship hybrid defies easy categorization
Online ~ September 25, 2007
The Tarzana, Calif.-based company– which has been building
airships for the past 20 years–unveiled a scale model of the Aeroscraft
ML866 prototype air vehicle it plans to begin flight testing in 2010. “It’s
not a blimp and not an airship or dirigible; it’s a new category,” said
Edward Pevzner, Aeros business development manager. Pevzner said the design
uses a hybrid of buoyant and aerodynamic lift in a vehicle capable of performing
vertical takeoffs and landings and cruising from 20 to 120 knots with a
range of up to 3,000 miles. The flying prototype will be powered by two
Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6 engines. A rendering on the Aeros Web site
(www.aerosml.com) shows two turboshafts
with six-blade propellers mounted on each side of the craft. “This is not
a lighter-than- air vehicle,” Pevzner continued. For the ML866, he said,
“We envision private uses, business or executive transport as a flying
office and short-haul commuter service on routes such as between Los Angeles
and Las Vegas.” Pevzner predicted wide usage for low density bulk cargo
to areas with limited infrastructure. The aeroscraft design would operate
as high as 12,000 feet. More>>>
Tarzan's Appeal Endures After 85 Years
Monahan ~ The Ledger ~ September 25, 2007
Long before Superman, Batman, James Bond and others of
that ilk, there was Tarzan, the real hero of my youth. I'm not sure what
the universal appeal of Tarzan, the Ape Man, is. But this strong man dressed
in a loin cloth, swinging on vines in the jungle, companion to apes and
subduer of lions was popular around the world from his first appearance
in a pulp magazine in 1912. The magazine sold for 15 cents. More>>>
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Carson Napier calls OnStar for turn-by-turn directions.
Venus artist Richard Hescox tells the Dum Dum banquet
how Edgar Rice Burroughs inspired him to be a professional
THE CAVES OF BARSOOM
NASA ~ September
Mars Odyssey spacecraft has discovered entrances to seven possible caves
on the slopes of a Martian volcano. The find is fueling interest in potential
underground habitats and sparking searches for caverns elsewhere on the
Red Planet. Very dark, nearly circular features ranging in diameter from
about 328 to 820 feet puzzled researchers who found them in images taken
by NASA's Mars Odyssey and Mars Global Surveyor orbiters. A montage image
of the "Seven Sisters"--seven dark openings into cavernous spaces on the
slopes of Arsia Mons. Researchers have nicknamed the features Dena, Chloe,
Wendy, Annie, Abby, Nikki and Jeanne.
[Left] A montage image of the "Seven Sisters"--seven
dark openings into cavernous spaces on the slopes of Arsia Mons. Researchers
have nicknamed the features Dena, Chloe, Wendy, Annie, Abby, Nikki and
"Whether these are just deep vertical shafts or openings
into spacious caverns, they are entries to the subsurface of Mars," said
Tim Titus of the U.S. Geological Survey in Flagstaff. "Somewhere on Mars,
caves might provide a protected niche for past or current life, or shelter
for humans in the future." "These are at such extreme altitude, they are
poor candidates either for use as human habitation or for having microbial
life. Even if life has ever existed on Mars, it may not have migrated to
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"Cheetah" joins the Dolphin Games
Dolphin Watch: Horsetails: A game or something else?
Bay Weekly ~ September 27, 2007
Horsetails are mangrove seedpods. The dolphins have been
throwing them around all month. Like people play Horseshoes, dolphins do
something we can call Horsetails. . . . Like P the night before, N tossed
and caught a horsetail several times as he traveled through the soft morning
light alongside bulls DD2, BB, Cheetah and LA Cheetah. Cheetah is named
after the endearing chimp actor in Johnny Weissmuller’s Tarzan movies.
LA Cheetah is a Cheetah Look Alike, hence LA.
Later that morning, Cheetah and LA Cheetah meandered with
females JJ and Rim past sandbars dotted with shorebirds poking for breakfast.
Two more bulls came up. One of them started tossing horsetails. After two
more bulls came barging in and out, breaking up the action, the first four
returned to their meanderings. More>>>
Chicagoans can tour Edgar Rice Burroughs' home
Tribune Local Calendar ~ Oak Park
The Historical Society of Oak Park & River Forest
will present "Hometown Legends," a guided trolley tour of the homes of
people who left their mark on America and the world. Two-hour tours begin
at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sunday from Pleasant Home, 217 S. Home Ave., Oak
Park. The cost is $35. Some of the notables include Ray Kroc, Edgar Rice
Burroughs, Ernest Hemingway, Percy Julian, Jane Hamilton, Cubs Hall of
Famer Joe Tinker and entrepreneurs who founded Mars Candy, Jay's Potato
Chips and inventors of the Twinkie, yo-yo and Eskimo Pie. Call 708-848-6755
or register at www.oprf.com/oprfhist.
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