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Idaho Daily Statesman  ~ Boise, Idaho
Saturday, August 23, 1902

T. Coleman Burroughs of the Yale Dredging company, which is operating on the Snake river in Cassia county, was a Boise visitor Wednesday. He reported business good with its company, which had been securing very satisfactory returns. 

News Item:
Marion Daily Star ~ Marion, Ohio
Friday, August 07, 1914 
Miss Florence Gilbert entertained a company of young folks at her home on Chambers street yesterday in honor of her fourteenth birthday. 

The home and veranda were trimmed with Goldenrod and the time was spent socializing. In a contest the honors went to Mr. Herman Watkins. Games and music were also enjoyed and about 10 o'clock a luncheon was served. 

Those present were Misses Alma Reh, Catherine Cleveland, Marguerite ***, Ruth? Gilbert, Mabel South, *** ***, Ruth ***, ***, Florence Gilbert and ***  and Messrs Herbert ***, Lawence Johnson, Nolan Riles, ******, Carey Obershiner, Wallace ***, Dudley *** and Emerson Watkins, *** *** and Cecil Davids.

Miss Joan Burroughs on Crack Hurdler 'Cricket' 
Is Seen Taking a Classy Jump

Handwritten note (by Emma?): "Terrible picture of Joan"
Clipping courtesy the Danton Burroughs Family Archive
Edgar Burroughs Objects to Her Entry in 
Big Horse Show Classic

Riding ambitions of pretty Joan Burroughs, daughter of Edgar Rice Burroughs, well-known author, were shattered today following the edict of her parents that she must refrain from entry in the equestrian hurdle events at the Los Angeles National Horse Show, which will open a week from today at Ambassador auditorium.

Miss Burroughs, who had entertained a fond hope to ride in the event, recently visited her riding academy and secured assurance of the use of "Cricket," one of the best jumpers in the southland, owned by Maruice DeMond. 

After successfully riding "Cricket" over the jumps in a number of trials, Miss Burroughs announced her entry,.

Her father, who is confined at home by illness, heard of her intentions, however, and promptly persuaded her to withdraw.

Among the entries announced for the show are a number of well known horses from the Jane and Martha Woodin stables of Beverly Hills, including "The Master," "Maude Kennedy," "Little Billy" and "Frank Kierce."

The entries have been exceedingly gratifying to W.S. Blitz, general manager, who estimated today that more than 300 contenders will appear in the ring in competition for prizes aggregating $31,000.

News Item
Van Nuys News  Thursday, January 19, 1933 Van Nuys, California
. . .  Of course we "neighbors" of his in the valley here can find a bit of consolation in his absence by tuning in to the nightly Tarzan program which features the lovely Joan Burroughs Pierce, daughter of the author, and her husband, James H. Pierce in a "Jungle" series written from the Burroughs books . . .

Clipping from ERB's scrapbook ~ Courtesy the Danton Burroughs Family Archive
James Michael Pierce following in the footsteps of his All-American father, James H. Pierce.
Burroughs Says His Character Is Losing Face
Nevada State Journal ~ Reno, Nevada ~ Saturday, May 20, 1939 
By Frederick C. Othman
TARZANA, Cal., May 19, 1939 (U.P): Edgar Rice Burroughs served notice Friday on all unauthorized Tarzans, whose number is legion and whose ears mostly are cauliflower, to quit insulting the name that he made famous. As creater of a major industry based upon the adventures of his mythical ape man, Burroughs informed the Tarzans, including wrestlers, prize fighters, and professional footballers, that they're making a bum of the original Tarzan. He said they'd have to change their names or face the consequences.

Hits Wrestlers
"What got me worried about the situation," he reported here in the white stucco lair of Tarzan, the ape man, "was a wrestling match I saw the other night, featuring a Mr. Tarzan Orth. "This Mr. Tarzan Orth danced around the ring a while, fell on his face, and posed like dying fawn. And all the fans at ringside took out their handkerchiefs and waved them at Mr. Tarzan Orth and said: '"Yoo-hoo,Tarzan!'"

This insult to the king of the jungle, whom he first imagined in 1912 and who has been going strong ever since in books, magazines, newspapers, and movie theaters, caused Burroughs to write sharp notes to all the Tarzans he knew. A typical letter from the president of Edgar Rice Burroughs ,Inc., went to a Mr.Tarzan White, member of the west coast wrestling syndicate. It said:

"I have not granted you permission to the use of this name and I now notify you that I do not grant such permission. Your use of this name in connection with your activities may result in confusion in the minds of the public and remit in damage to this character and its name."

One Real Tarzan
Burroughs said there was only one man in the world authorized to can himself Tarzan and that was Mr. Johnny Weismuller, for whom Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studios had paid the proper fee  and who actually looked on the silver sheet like Tarzan ought to look. 

"The other, self-christened Tarzans are apes, all right." Burroughs said, "only they're muscle bound and have broken noses. Furthermore, 'Tarzan'' is a copyrighted trademark and if these plug uglies insist upon using it I'm going to insist on the right to license them and stencil the copyright number on their chests."

The genial Burroughs, who operates all his Tarzan enterprises from this town named after his celebrated character, said he'd had considerable Tarzan trouble lately. "And the worst was when I bought a pedigreed sheep dog for my son," he said. "The boy wanted to name his pet Tarzan' and would you know? The breeders association would not let us use that name. They said somebody else already had a sheep dog named 'Tarzan.' "And that's the way it goes and I'm getting tired of it."

Names Approved
Burroughs said finally that he understood some parents had named their babies Tarzan.' This, he said, is okay. A Tarzan that starts from scratch should turn into a fine young man and be a credit to the keen-eyed, lithe-limbed Tarzan I, who has been earning his creator handsome dividends for the last 27 years. 

Guadalcanal Shelling Worst 
Experience for Air General
Berkshire Evening Eagle ~ Pittsfield, Massachusetts
Thursday, January 14, 1943 
HEADQUARTERS SEVENTH AIR FORCE IN THE SOUTH PACIFIC (AP) -- Brig. Gen. Laverne G. Saunders, who led six bombing raids on Japanese shops and bases in the Solomon Islands, and met fighter opposition in each raid, believes a day and night shelling was the worst experience he had in more than five months in that area.

"I wouldn't want to go through another night like that," said the general, who has just come out of the Solomons for the first time since he entered that battle area in July.

"We had just returned from raiding Buka (on the northern tip of Bougainville Island) where we hit tow Jap transports. Coming over Guadalcanal we saw our own destroyers firing their antiaircraft guns.

"I was afraid they might be mistakenly shooting at us. Then I saw 30 Jap bombers overhead. They dropped a string of bombs but missed the Guadalcanal landing strip, so we landed and they left. This was about 12.30 PM.

"We thought that would be all for the day, but the Japs came over again. We dove into a bomb crater which was covered by a few palm tree trunks. The trunks seemed to be too widely spaced, so we pulled them closer together. The raiders succeeded in damaging the field runway.

"Then wham!  At 6 PM, old Millimeter Mike ( a Jap 75 mm field gun) started shelling the field and everybody hit the foxholes again. They dumped bombs on us all night and kept at least two bombers overhead at all times. 

"At 1 AM all hell broke loose! Two enemy battleships and some cruisers began working us over. Let Burroughs tell you about that."
Lieut. Hulbert Burroughs of Los Angeles, son of the writer Edgar Rice Burroughs, laughed and said, "That night I jumped into the garbage dump."

Gen. Saunders continued the narrative: "There were two atheists in near-by foxholes. Pretty soon one of them yelled to the other in a foxhole 50 feet away, 'Brother, do you see the light?'

"'Not yet,' the other atheist shouted back. 

"A little later the first man yelled again. 'Brother, do you see the light now?'

"Then somebody in my foxhole shouted, 'Just stick your head out of this hole and you'll see plenty of light'

"The shelling continued until dawn. It was a tough night.

"People who read about a shelling don't think much of it, but those who have gone through such a shelling don't want any part of it."

Monday, July 21, 1947
Van Nuys News  ~ Van Nuys, California 
Preluding a gala aqua frolic which she will have in a few weeks, Joan Burroughs Pierce of Stansbury Drive is having an informal week-3nd-series  around her beautiful 20x40 tile pool and sun deck just installed by Morino 4 Testa. 

Among guests have been her father. Edgar Rice Burroughs of Encino; Mr. and Mrs. Hulbert Burroughs of Sherman Oaks, Mr. and Mrs. John Colemari Burroughs of Tarzana, Mr. and Mrs. Rex Lease and Mr. and Mrs. Cremit Maynard.

Marion Burroughs ~ Mrs. Hulbert Burroughs
April 14, 1949
Van Nuys News ~ Van Nuys, California
June 25, 1951
Van Nuys News   Van Nuys, California
February 27, 1950
Van Nuys News ~ Van Nuys, California
June 26, 1952  Van Nuys
Van Nuys News ~ Van Nuys, California

Party, Club Tempo Has Quick Pace
Sunday, February 26, 1956
Valley News ~  Van Nuys, California
As Leetate Smith observed oxer cocktails the other evening, there are millions of Smiths, but probably none with the same first name as his.

The  distinguished-looking big game hunter who tempers his youthfulness with a sophisticated heard, shared lhonors with liis attractive wife Margaret, likewise a globe trotter, at a between-affairs supper party over the weekend, hosted by Dr. and Mrs. Chester M. Sidril in their spacious Amestoy Ave. home.

The Smiths, barely back, from an African expedition which netted many handsome trophies for their new Encino home, already are preparing for an other, this one to Central America on which they as always will take both cameras and guns. 

After dinner the Smiths showed colored slides of their last safari, narrated on tape by Margaret, and then previewed a featuie film of the same expedition to be released soon in Hollywood.

Among those on hand for the occasion were Georgia and Rex Koury and Georgette, D'Anne and Ferdinand Mendenhall, Marion and Hulbert Burrouighs, Margaret and Dr. Gordon Erickson and Jeanne and Dr Murray Zimmerman of Whittier, plus others.

Sepulveda, Northridge Clubs Exhibit Paintings
Valley News Van Nuys, California ~  Sunday, May 04, 1958
Original oils by amateur artists will be exhibited at both Sepulveda and Northridge woman's clubs during May, according to Mrs. Walbert Morrison, chairman for Sepulveda. Northridge exhibit chairman Mrs. Howard Wolf announces public showing in her community will continue from May 8 through June. 

These joint exhibits are running concurrently at both community clubhouses and feature paintings of students of John Coleman Burroughs. He is the son of the late Edgar Rice Burroughs, creator of Tarzan. 

According to Mrs. Wolf these hobby painters have turned their talents to character studies this year under guidance of Mr. Burroughs. A few have turned hobby hours into lucrative leisure since some of their paintings already have been sold. 

Mr. Burroughs essentially is an artist, not a teacher, who resides in Tarzana. He was raised in he Valley and attended Van Nuys High school. Later he majored in art at Pomona College and graduated Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa. He is well known for his paintings of Mexican and Indian subjects and also is widely known as a magazine illustrator. He currently is preparing an exhibit for Sportsman's Gallery in Chicago. 

Participating in the canvas displays are Ethel Barrington, Shelley Baker, Kay Andrews, Phyliss Deardorff, Peggy Esswein, Firginia Fisher, Helen Guy, Gleonora Higgins, Maria Hodgson, Winifred Laurence, Bea Licha, Ruth Morrison, Marie Sheffield, Ruby Smith, Marguerite Sutpin, Ruth Wolf. 

Tarzana Boasts One of Best Locations for Valley Homes
Valley News  Tuesday, August 29, 1961 Van Nuys, California 

Tarzana, one of the smaller communities in the Valley, boasts of the most picturesque names and one of the choicest locations in the area. Originally the community was called Runnymede but in 1928 the residents decided to change the name in honor of the popular fictional hero created by Edgar Rice Burroughs.

The creator of Tarzan, the tree-swinging English lord who was raised in the wilds of Africa by apes, and who still is a popular hero appearing on the comic pages of many newspapers throughout the country, settled in Tarzana when the area was completely rustic.

Favorite Tree Died
Burroughs, who loved nature, was attracted to this area consisting of  chicken ranches and walnut groves. The chicken ranches have gone but the large walnut trees continue to give a rustic effect to the community. The writer wouldn't permit his trees to be trimmed. He preferred the full, bushy way they grew naturally. Mrs. Mildred Jensen, secretary to Edgar Rice Burroughs Inc., recalls that shortly after Burroughs died in 1950 his favorite walnut tree in front of the office on Ventura Blvd. also died. 

Mrs. Jensen said that Burroughs began writing back in Chicago one night when it was too hot to sleep. He was a department manager for Sears Roebuck at the time and had noticed how well paperback books sold. Burroughs decided he could write better ones and began the career that brought him worldwide fame.  The author's son, John Coleman Burroughs, still lives in Tarzana and is president of the corporation that controls the literary works.
Pools Are Plentiful 
Tarzana is bounded by Woodland Hills on the west, by Reseda on the north, by Encino on the east, and by Mulholland Drive on the south. The present population is about 16,100. Most of the residential area is south of Ventura Blvd., and most of the homes there are valued at from 530,000 to 835, 000. Many are built on half acre lots. Most of these homes are less than 15 years old. Swimming pools abound in the area. The Chamber of Commerce and merchants are conducting a beautification program, by planting magnolia trees in the parkways and improving the alleys behind their shops. The chamber is promoting new street lights and encouraging merchants to bring existing shops up to date. One of the leading merchants, a member of the chamber, said the gravest problem facing the business community is the proper development of the entire commercial area.
Country Clubs
The recent opening of the Ventura Freeway has caused heavy traffic to be shifted -- with the result that business has shown a substantial increase on Ventura Blvd. Some newer stores along the boulevard have ample parking, while some of the older establishments must depend  on shoppers parking on the streets. The chamber is urging property owners to develop their commercial holdings, believing the business area can become a major shopping centre. Both the Deauville and El Caballero Country Clubs are within the community. El Cabalero, located on 145 acres off Nestle Ave., is enlarging the facilities and when the project is complete, the buildings and furnishings will amount to a total investment of more than $1,000,000.Nearby, on some 600 acres, is the new Deauville Club which eventually will have 54 holes. Present plans call for the opening of the first 18 holes next October, with another nine in November and 27 more next spring. The clubhouse is scheduled to be ready by December, and when all the bills are presented, the entire facility will represent a total investment of almost $3,000,000. 
Set Parking District
The community's master zoning plan proposed by the city in 1958 is based on an estimated ultimate population of 51,412. However the plan included land a quarter mile east and a quarter mile west of the postal boundaries of Tarzana. The plan calls for a solid commercial and parking district extendng from the freeway to Ventura Blvd. between Reseda Blvd. and Etiwanda Ave. in addition to a previouly designated commercial area extending along Clark St between Reseda Blvd. and Yolanda Ave. Also included in the plan are a number of locations for R3 and R4 multiple dwelling units.

Tarzana Library Feature to Honor Tarzan Creator
Sunday, January 3, 1971 ~ Van Nuys
"Tarzan Meets the Library" will be the title of a discussion and film program -Friday at 7:30 p.m., at the E ncino-Tarzana Branch Library, 18231 Ventura Blvd. The program is being held to commemorate a gift to the library of books by the late Edgar Rice Burroughs, author of the Tarzan series. The program will feature the film "Tarzan, the Ape Man" with Johnny Weismuller and Maureen O'Sullivan and a talk by Robert Hodes, general manager of Edgar Rice Burroughs Inc.

Books Included
The books were donated to the library by Hulbert Burroughs, son of the author, and Edgar Rice Burroughs Inc. a firm that oversees the publishing of Burroughs' books. The books given to the library include two copies of each paperback arid hardbound book currently in print. Burroughs did much of his writing at a ranch he named Tarzana. The ranch was later subdivided, but residents of the area retained the name Tarzana for their community.

To Discuss Books
"This gift not only gives us an extensive collection of works by the man who gave Tarzana its name, but will also helpus meet the growing demand for Burroughs' writing." said Mrs. Joyce Burgin. Encino-Tarzana Branch librarian. The film "Tarzan the Ape Man" is considered by many film historians and Tarzan fans to be the best Tarzan film made. In the film Tarzan meets Jane and saves the elephant's burial ground from desecration by white hunters.

After the fim is screened, Robert Hodes, who handles the business affairs of the Burroughs estate for the family, will talk about the growing interest in Tarzan books and Burroughs' writing. In addition to the 26 Tarzan books, Burroughs wrote 71 science fiction, mystery and western stories.

Works of Tarzan Author Given California Library
Wednesday, January 20, 1971 ~ Progress ~ Clearfield, Pennsylvania
TARZANA, :- Calif (AP) ~ Last week the Encino-Tarzana  branch of tht Los Angeles Public Library was. the scene of an unusual ceremony. The complete works of Edgar Rice Burroughs were presented to the library by the author's heirs. To mark the occasion, the 1932 "Tarzan, the Ape Man," starring Johnny Weissmuller and Maureea O'Sullivan, was screened.

Said librarian Joyce Burgin: "This gift not only gives us an extensive collection.of works by the man who gave Tarzana his name, but will also meet the growing demand for Burroughs' writing."
To Robert Hodes, general manager of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., the event had deeper significance. "This is the first time," he remarked, "that a library system has recognized the value of Burroughs' works."

Always before, he said, the books had been dismissed for "no literary value." For that reason, the Los Angeles library system had banned Burroughs from the shelves until last year. Other libraries may have had another reason. In 1961, the Downey, Calif., school district banned Tarzan books because of lack of evidence that Tarzan and his mate Jane were married before they took up housekeeping in the treetops.

"Not true." insisted Hodes in his Tarzana headquarters, once the working place for author Burroughs. Hodes explained that Tarzan and Jane had parted in the first volume, "Tarzan of the Apes."  But the demand of his publisher and the public prompted him to reunite the pair in "The Return of Tarzaa." Hodes quoted from page 363 of the second book; "They were married by Jane's father, an ordained minister."

Hodes seems oddly cast as keeper of the Burroughs' traditions. He wears mod clothes, a love-symbol necklace and full beard. He admits having never read a Tarzan book and scarcely knowing the name Edgar Rice Burroughs before he became attorney for the enterprises in 1962. Later, he was placed in charge by Hulbert Burroughs, son of the author, who bought a ranch in this San Fernando vallev suburb in 1919 and died in 1950.

Old 'Tarzan' Film Is Shown At Ceremony
Daily Times  Tuesday, January 19, 1971 Salisbury, Maryland

Last week the Encino-Tarzana branch of the Los Angeles Public Library ws the scene of an unusual ceremony.

The complete works of Edgar Rice Burroughs were presented to the library by the author's heirs. To mark th eoccasion, the 1932 "Tarzan, the Ape Man," starring Johnny Weissmuller and Maureen O'Sullivan, was screened. 

Said librarian Joyce Burgin: "This gift not only gives us an extensive collection of works by the man who gave Tarzan his name, but will also meet the growing demand for Burroughs' writing."

To Robert Hodes, general manager of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., the event had deeper significance. "This is the first time," he remarked, "that a library system has recognized the value of Burroughs' works."

Alsways before, he said, the books had been dismissed -- "for no literary value." For that reason, the Los Angeles Library system had banned Burroughs from the shelves until last year. Other libraries may have had another reason. In 1961, the Downey, Calif., school district banned Tarzan books becaue of lack of evidence that "Tarzan and his mate Jane were married before they took up housekeeping in the treetops. "

"Not true," insisted Hodes in his Tarzana headquarters, once the working place for author Burroughs. Hodes explained that Tarzan and Jane had parted in the first volume, "Tarzan of the Apes." But the demand of his publisher and the public prompted him to reunite the pair in "The Return of Tarzan." Hodes quoted from page 363 of the second book: "They were married by Jane's father, an ordained minister."

Hodes seems oddly cast as keeper of the Burroughs traitions. He wears mod clothes, a love-symbol necklace and full beard. He admits having never read a Tarzan book and scarcely knowing the name Edgar Rice Burroughs before he became attorney for the enterprises in 1962. Later, he was placed in charge by Hulbert Burroughs, son of the author, who bought a ranch in this San Fernando valley suburb in 1919 and died in 1950.

Monday, November 20, 1972 ~ Post Crescent   Appleton, Wisconsin
TARZANA, Calif. (AP) -- Tarzan is 60 years old and going stronger than ever. The Edgar Rice Burroughs creation of the ape man is in the midst of a rivival that started in France,spread to other European countries, to Japan, and back to the United States.

New reprints of  26 Tarzan books in 16 languages, an art book edition of "Tarzan of the Apes," comic strips, merchandising, toys and advertising gimmicks will push the royalty payments to Burroughs' heirs to several million dollars this year. In addition, numerous magazines are published by Tarzan cultists.

The 1972 income will be the highest ever since the first Tarzan book in 1912, said Bob Hodes, general manager of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.. 

The company is housed in an old Spanish-style building Burroughs built on the 550-acreTarzana Ranch -- since broken up -- and is controlled by his children, John Coleman Burroughs, Hulbert Burroughs and Joan Burroughs Pierce, and a grandson, Danton Burroughs. The copyright would have expired in 1968, but Congress, in the process of reviving the Copyright Act, has extended all copyrights. 

Not only is the myth of Tarzan undergoing a revival, but Burroughs himself is being elevated to a critical position he never enjoyed before his death in 1950.

In his lifetime Burroughs was regarded as a pulp writer of escapism, and many libraries banned his books. Hulbert Burroughs said, "During the important years of his life when he was writing, Dad had the hell panned out of him by the critics. He never took himslef seriouisly but I felt the things the critics said hurt him. 

But critics are beginning to find new meaning in his works. Some French critics have compared Tarzan to Rousseau's concept of "the natural man." The works of Burne Hogarth, who drew the Tarzan comic strip from 1937 to the mid-50s and was the artist for the new art book, have been displayed at the Museum of Decorative Arts at the Louvre in Paris. 

Burroughs also is being taken seriously as a writer of science fiction books. Sam Moscowitz, writing in his book,"Under the Moons of Mars," the original title of Burroughs' "A Princess of Mars," said Burroughs humanized science fiction, brought story-telling qualities to it and turned it away from the "flashing light" school of science  fiction. 

A new book,"Tarzan Lives," contends that Burroughs was not writing fiction at all. And Esquire magazine  published an article this year that purported to be an interview with the real Tarzan, Lord Greystoke. In the books, Tarzan was an English peer raised bythe apes and given the name Tarzan, meaning "white skin" in the languageof the great anthropoid apes.

The myth of Tarzan, the escapism and Burroughs' concept of a man living at peace with nature apparently are striking a responsive chord around the world.

Nevada Evening Gazette ~  Reno, Nevada 
Wednesday, March 28, 1973
"TARZAN" is owned by Hulbert Burroughs, son of Edgar Rice Burroughs. 
There's a "ME JANE" and "CHEETA" on the road someplace, too.

News Journal ~ Mansfield, Ohio ~ Monday, May 28, 1973
Hulbert Burroughs, son of Edgar Rice Burroughs who created Tarzan, and his son Danton, display in Tarzana, Calif., some of the new reprints being published in 16 languages. 

The Tarzana revival, which inlcudes comic strips, merchandise, toyw and advertising gimmicks besides the 26 Tarzan books, will mean royalty payments of several million dollars. (AP Photo)

Friday, February 11, 1977 ~ Valley News  Van Nuys, California

"Tarzan was, in a sense, my escape from reality. Perhaps that is the reason for his success with modern readers. Maybe he takes them, too, away from humdrum reality."

Humdrum was indeed the word for ERB's pre-Tarzan existence. By the time he turned to writing at the age of 35, ERB had failed as a West Point applicant, U.S. Cavalry private, cowboy, shopkeeper, railroad, policeman, gold miner, accountant and salesman. "Then, according to ERB's written recollections, "somehow I got hold of a few dollars and took an agency for the sale of a lead-pencil sharpener. I would not try to sell the sharpeners myself, but I advertised for agents and sent them out. They did not sell any pencil sharpeners, but in the leisure moments, while I w as waiting for them to come back and to tell me that they had not sold any, I started writing 'A Princess of Mars,' my first story. "I had no idea of how to submit a story or what I could expect in payment. Had I known anything about it at all, I would never have thought of submitting half a novel, but that is what I did."

"Thomas Metcalf, then editor of All-Story Magazine, wrote me that he liked the first half of the story and, if the second was as good he thought ,he might use it. Had he not given me this encouragement, I would never have finished the story, and my writing career would have been at an end, since I was not writing because of any urge to write nor any particular love of writing. "I was writing because I had a wife and two babies, a combination which does not work well without money." 

He received $400 for the completed story, and he was so doubtful about his writing ability that he hid behind the pen name Normal Bean. It meant mediocre intelligence, a pun carelessly spoiled by a proofreader who changed Normal to Norman.

Burroughs' next literary effort, a historical novel under his own byline, was rejected.  But the editor responded with a $700 check for ERB's third manuscript, a novel inspired by the Roman legend of Romulus and Remus being suckled and raised by a she-wolf. ERB placed  his she-beast-suckles-and-raises-infant-human yarn in Africa, calling it 'Tarzan of the Apes." Two years later, in 1914, the Tarzan magazine novel emerged as a best-selling book.

Within five years, ERB's prolific pen earned him and his family enough money to escape from Chicago to the wide open spaces of his 550-acre Tarzana Ranch.

During the remainder of his life, he was to write (among other things) 11 novels about Mars, five about Venus and some notable fantasies about life inside our earth (including the novel behind the 1976 Burroughs movie,  "At the Earth's Core").

About his favorite fantasy, Tarzan, ERB maintained a healthy sense of humor, recognizing that a man raised by apes would not necessarily grow up to be a surperhero. "He would probably have B.O., pink toothbrush, halitosis and athlete's foot, plus an abominable disposition. So I decided not to be honest, but to draw a character people could admire."

Ironically, today's Tarzan popularity can be traced to a suspected flaw in Tarzan's character. It happened that public interest in Tarzan declined during the decade following ERB's death in 1950, but in 1962 Tarzan recaptured public attention when a librarian in Downey questioned his ethics.

The librarian banned "Tarzan of the Apes" as an immoral influence when she became aware that the book's hero and heroine were brazenly living together out of wedlock. What the librarian didn't know was that, in the second of the 26 Tarzan tomes, "The Return of  Tarzan," the Lord of the Jungle was wed to Jane by Jane's father, who happened to be a minister.

Nevertheless; the banning of Tarzan made worldwide headlines, and those headlines generated new royalties for the ERB corporation. ERB Inc. is managed today by a board of directors on behalf of ERB's heirs and other shareholders. The heirs include ERB's two sons, photographer-writer Hulbert Burroughs and retired artist-writer John Coleman Burroughs, along with the beneficiaries of the estate of ERB's deceased daughter, actress Joan Burroughs Pierce. Grandson Danton, the son of John Coleman Burroughs and the former Jane Ralston, has a brother, John, who operates a local air rifle business, and a sister, Dian, who runs a tourist shop in another part of the state. Counting his uncle's son and his late aunt's son and daughter, Danton's one of six ERB grandchildren and the only one of his generation to go to work for the family corporation.

Danton, a Tarzana-reared sociology graduate of Cal State Northridge and a former real estate salesman, joined ERB Inc. four years ago. "All of us ERB grandchildren have had to earn our own living and to support our own families -- (I have a 10-year-old daughter who lives with my ex-wife) -- and I feel incredibly lucky that I can make my living with ERB Inc. "Though I was only six when ERB died, I have some vivid memories of visits with him. I remember him being very kind and patient with me, always taking time to explain to me about such things as flowers and trees.

"One of my most precious possessions is a letter he wrote to me the day after I was born, June 22, 1944. He was then in Honolulu, working for the United Press as a war correspondent. He expressed the hope that my generation would be intelligent enough to prevent all future wars. 

"Most of what I know about ERB, of course, is what I've learned by studying the ERB family archives and by reading ERB's books. "A newspaper columnist recently called me the world's greatest authority on Tarzan, but I've corresponded with fans who know much more than I do -- fans who apparently have devoted their whole lives to this."

In addition to answering fan inquiries -- about such questions as how to charter an ERB fan club and how to buy or sell rare editions of ERB books -- Burroughs handles international correspondence about copyrights, and he participates in local meetings with Tarzan merchandisers. He also serves as a roving Tarzan ambassador, beating the drum for the ape-man business across the nation, as a guest speaker and as an interviewee for radio and television talk shows. Besides his exploitable surname, the six-foot, 179-pound Burroughs is sought after for his virtuoso rendition of the Tarzan yell. He performs the yell even better than Carol Burnett -- His yell can now be heard on TV in the new Tarzan animation series. There's some talk at ERB Inc. about the merchandising of a yelling Tarzan doll. "I don't know if the doll will become a reality," says Danton Burroughs. "But, one way or another, more and more, Tarzan is going to be heard from."

Jock Mahoney 1963
Jock Mahoney ~ 1963
Mike Henry 1967
Mike Henry ~ 1967
Ron Eliy 1969
Ron Ely ~ 1969

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