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From the Drunken Severed Head Blogspot

A special Forry Ackerman project instigated by Robert Taylor,
educator, film buff and the world's premier Vincent Price fan.

"In 2005, I approached Forry with an idea for a project, something I wanted him to do for me. I mentioned to him the old saying, "Shake the hand of the man who shook the hand of Lincoln...", and asked him if he'd be willing to trace the outline of his hand on a piece of paper and then write between the fingers the names of some of the famous people he'd shaken hands with.

"Forry became very excited about this and he agreed he'd work on it. A few months later, he sent me the beginning efforts--Joe [Moe, Forry's friend and aide] had scanned Forry's hand on three sheets of paper, and Forry had handwritten names all over them--both on the hand 'photos' and around them.

On the first page:
"I, Forrest J Ackerman, during my lifetime to this day 27 July 2005 have shaken hands with H.G. Wells, "First of Civilized Men", Hugo Gernsback, "Father of Science Fiction", Edgar Rice Burroughs & Danton/Dejah Thoris/Hulbert & Llana Burroughs...

"Some of the other names were: Lon Chaney's brother, Lon Chaney Jr. and wife, Boris Karloff and wife, Bela Lugosi and son, Elsa Lanchester, Marlene Dietrich, Patsy Ruth Miller, Mary Philbin, Lana Turner, Rock Hudson, Gloria Swanson, Billie Dove, Robert Armstrong, Fay Wray, Merian C. Cooper, Gustav von Seyffertitz, John Boles, Fritz Lang, Brigitte Helm, Johnny Eck, Maurice Chevalier, Ray Bradbury and wife and 4 daughters, Erich von Stroheim and son, Hugh Hefner, John Carradine, Candy Clark, Anton LaVey, Marjoe Gortner, Gloria Stuart--and on and on, including 'the marble hand of Jules Verne on the hand of his marble statue rising from his tomb.

"Over the course of the following year, Forry continued to send more and more lists of names--everyone he could think of. At the same time, Forry began to list for me 'favorite things', from books, candies, fond memories, 'firsts' and 'lasts'--including the first thing [wife] Wendayne ever said to him (she was a clerk in a store), "Can I help you, sir?" and the last thing she ever said to him (on her death bed), "Help me, Forry." Joe Moe told me that the 'hand' project fired Forry's imagination more than anything had in a long while--Forry continued to send names until early 2008, when his health began to fail noticeably."

For more on 4E's Hand Project which morphed into a list of other famous people he had met as well as lists of his favourite things as well as his accomplishments may be found at the Drunken Severed Head blog.

Read the Forrest Ackerman Obituaries in ERBzine News
The Hillmans visit Forry and his AckerMansion in 1999:
Forry commenting on the thousands of artifacts contained in the mansionFather and daughter China-Li enthrolled by tales from the master storytellerAckermansion: Forrest J. Ackerman's House of HorrorsDungeon monster tamed... for the moment

Edgar Rice Burroughs | 1875-1950

Well before the age of the multimedia corporation, Edgar Rice Burroughs was a multimedia corporation unto himself. Tarzan of the Apes was published in 1912. The next year, Burroughs founded the Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., publishing house. In 1934, with Tarzan an established Hollywood franchise, he founded Burroughs-Tarzan Enterprises and Burroughs-Tarzan Pictures. Burroughs had not always been such a savvy businessman. Born into a well-off Chicago family, Burroughs was something of a ne'er-do-well, leaving a job in Salt Lake City in 1904 to take another in Chicago from 1906 to 1908, and leaving that to hold a number of managerial and clerical positions through 1912. In that year, Burroughs had his first literary success with the pulp novel Under the Moons of Mars, featuring the hero John Carter, who would go on to do battle with Martians in another 10 books. It was, however, the Tarzan series (35 volumes of it) that fueled the Edgar Rice Burroughs industry. With the Martian books, the Tarzan books, and any of the other series or stand-alone titles in his repertoire, Burroughs specialized in the formulaic boys' adventure: All of his plots follow a courageous and individualistic hero as he battles monstrous villains and rescues the imperiled female. What separated Burroughs from lesser pulp writers was a meticulous attention to detail, whether of real worlds or worlds he imagined. This attention to visual detail also meant that Burroughs's narratives were ready for the burgeoning film industry. Hollywood fell at least as hard for Tarzan as Jane did, and Burroughs's creation has been a staple of film since the silent Tarzan of the Apes debuted in 1917. If the books were for boys, the movies, with their muscle-bound, loincloth-clad heroes and their feisty Janes, were for girls, also.

Books in Morse Code
Howard's Download Page

I grew tired of listening to random text and QSO's, in an attempt to increase my Morse code copy speed, so I decided to take a page from K7QO's book, and create my own book in Morse code.   I decided to convert Edgar Rice Burroughs, A Princess of Mars, to Morse.  The character speed is 25 WPM throughout the book, but the overall word speed slowly increases from 12 WPM, to a maximum of 25 WPM for the last five chapters.  Each chapter was broken down into 15 - 20 minute audio files, at the designated word speed, and there are a total of 276 audio files. I haven't decided whether I will create any other books in Morse code, but if I get enough positive feedback from "readers", I will undertake the next book in the series: The Gods of Mars

A Princess of Mars Download Zip File

Vintage Tarzana Postcard

Portraits of Louise Lorraine
by Clarence Sinclair Bull and Ruth Harriet Louise. 

Submitted by Laurence Dunn

Louise Lorraine starred with Elmo Lincoln
in the 1921 serial, The Adventures of Tarzan

The 10 Best Apocalypse Novels of Pre-Golden Age SF (1904-33)
By Joshua Glenn

Read the entire article with illustrations, reviews, and more recommended titles at the io9 site
With Wall-E director Andrew Stanton starting work on a film based on Edgar Rice Burroughs's 1917 novel A Princess of Mars, and with Hollywood adaptations of Brave New World and When Worlds Collide also in development, it's time for us to give you a crash course in books from this seminal era in science fiction. . . . Many of these novels are in the public domain, and I've indicated where you can find them in full text online, as well as where you can pick up a printed copy if you like.
1. Olaf Stapledon, Last and First Men: A Story of the Near and Far Future (1930). TEXT
2. William Hope Hodgson, The Night Land: A Love Tale (1912). TEXT
3. M.P. Shiel, The Purple Cloud (1901) TEXT
4. Karel Capek, The Absolute at Large (1922 as Továrna na absolutno; in English in 1927). TEXT
6. Philip Gordon Wylie & Edwin Balmer, When Worlds Collide (1933).
7. Arthur Conan Doyle, The Poison Belt: Being an account of another adventure of Prof. George E. Challenger, Lord John Roxton, Prof. Summerlee, and Mr. E.D. Malone, the discoverers of "The Lost World" (1913). TEXT
8. Jack London, The Scarlet Plague (1915). TEXT
9. Edward Shanks, People of the Ruins (1920).
10. H.G. Wells, The World Set Free (1914). TEXT

5. Edgar Rice Burroughs, The Moon Maid (1926).
J. Allen St. John: Moon Maid - DJ art used in sepia FPThose of us who grew up reading apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic potboilers like Lucifer's Hammer or Battlefield Earth might find the preceding four titles as fun to read as they are a tad slow-moving. Perhaps that's because they weren't written by Americans, or serialized in American pulps? Burroughs's The Moon Maid is a multi-generational, three-books-in-one saga that literally gallops from Julian 5th's crash-landing on the moon, where he makes a daring getaway (with a moon maid in tow) from subhuman Kalkars who dwell in the asteroid's hollow interior; to the same Julian's doomed effort to defeat a Kalkar invasion of Earth; to Julian 9th's failed but inspiring rebellion against the mongrel descendants of the Moon Men, who've presided over the Earthlings' return to a medieval agrarian lifestyle; to the final triumph of Red Hawk (Julian 20th), the leader of a primitive tribe of freedom-fighters who, 400 years after the invasion, finally defeats humankind's overlords Battlefield Earth-style in the ruins of Los Angeles. The Julian 9th story, one hears, was originally written after the Bolshevik revolution, and was rejiggered later to fit into the Moon Maid saga: it's a red-blooded example of anticommunist SF that predates Ayn Rand's We the Living and Orwell's Animal Farm by decades. ("We would slay all the Kalkars in the world, and we would sell the land again that men might have pride of ownership and an incentive to labor hard and develop it for their children, for well we knew by long experience that no man will develop land that reverts to the government at death, or that government may take away from him at any moment.") No matter what you may think of its politics, The Moon Maid has been described as "Burroughs' masterpiece of science fiction and a too-often overlooked pioneer work of social extrapolation in science fiction" which is true.

Pulp Covers from the ERBzine Illustrated Pulp Biblio: ERBzine 0220
Argosy All-Story - May 5, 1923 - The Moon Maid 1/5Argosy: February 21, 1925 - Moon Men 1/4Argosy: September 5, 1925 - Red Hawk 1/3

Indiana woman dies at 115 as world's oldest person
November 27, 2008

SHELBYVILLE, Ind. Edna Parker, who became the world's oldest person more than a year ago, has died at age 115. She was 115 years, 220 days old, said Robert Young, a senior consultant for gerontology for Guinness World Records. Parker had been a widow since her husband, Earl Parker, died in 1939 of a heart attack. She lived alone in their farmhouse until age 100, when she moved into a son's home and later to the Shelbyville nursing home. Although she never drank alcohol or tried tobacco and led an active life, Parker didn't offer tips for living a long life. Her only advice to those who gathered to celebrate when she became the oldest person was "more education." Don Parker, 60, said his grandmother had a small frame and a mild temperament. She walked a lot and kept busy even after moving into the nursing home, he said. "She kept active," he said Thursday. "We used to go up there, and she would be pushing other patients in their wheelchairs." Parker taught in a two-room school in Shelby County for several years after graduating from Franklin College in 1911. She wed her childhood sweetheart and neighbor in 1913. But as was the tradition of that era, her teaching career ended with her marriage. Parker traded the schoolhouse for life as a farmer's wife, preparing meals for as many as a dozen men who worked on her husband's farm. Parker noted with pride last year that she and her husband were one of the first owners of an automobile in their rural area. Coincidentally, Parker lived in the same nursing home as 7-foot-7 Sandy Allen, whom Guinness recognized as the world's tallest woman until her death in August.

Editor's Note: Perhaps she taught James "Tarzan" Pierce, who was raised in Shelbyville and  who later married ERB's daughter Joan. James and Joan are both buried in the local cemetery with TARZAN and JANE engraved on their burial stones.

This item was offered November, 2008 on eBay by 95-year-old Mary Sperry - Lakewood, CA:
Mary moved to California in 1933 where she started working at the well-known restauraunt, Armstrong Shroeder's in Beverly Hills. She worked there for 15 years. Many famous stars dined there during that time, including Shirley Temple, Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland, Sid Luft, Mickey Rooney, Edgar Rice Burroughs and several others. Unbeknownest to Mary, Edgar Rice Burroughs came into the restaurant every day while he was on leave from Hawaii working as a war correspondent. He sat at a little table right close to her cash register and, while he was eating, talked to her about the war. She had no idea who he was, just a very nice man. Mr. Burroughs told Mary he had to go back to Hawaii to work and the very next morning he placed the book Tarzan And The Lion Man book on her counter, then sat down quietly at his regular table.

Mary opened the book and read what he wrote. "To Mary Sperry with many thanks for the 'Bends.' Edgar Rice Burroughs, December 21 1944."

Bends were cigarettes that were rationed during the war. Two cartons were allowed to be sold every week. Mary went over and thanked Mr. Burroughs and told him she owed him an apology because she had not known who he was prior to receiving the book. He replied "My dear, there is no reason  you should have known." Also included in this auction were a $1.00 and a $5.00 Japanese peso, paper dollars given to Mary from Edgar Rice Burroughs along with the book. He had taken them from a dead Japanese sailor at Pearl Harbor.


noun :: One who forsakes his party or his principles; a renegade; an apostate.
"I might have expected naught better from a turncoat foreign knave such as thee, who once joined in the councils of De Montfort, and then betrayed his friends to curry favor with the King." --Burroughs, Edgar Rice
adj :: Extremely dark, gloomy, or forbidding.
"Here and there the brilliant rays penetrated to earth, but for the most part they only served to accentuate the Stygian blackness of the jungle's depths." --Burroughs, Edgar Rice
adj. :: Worn out with age; exhausted of energy; incapable of efficient action; no longer productive; barren; sterile.
"Uncouth, perhaps, and brutal, too, if judged too harshly by the standards of effete twentieth- century civilization, but withal noble, dignified, chivalrous, and loveable." -- Burroughs, Edgar Rice
noun :: An abandonment of what one has voluntarily professed; a total desertion of departure from one's faith, principles, or party; esp., the renunciation of a religious faith
"I had been more than half suspicious of the seeming sincerity of the Kaolian jeddak's sudden apostasy, but the alacrity with which he embraced my suggestion, and the despatch with which a force of officers and men were placed at my disposal entirely removed the last vestige of my doubts." --Burroughs, Edgar Rice

Burroughs-TARZAN Enterprises, Inc.
A Capital Stock Certificate

This certifies that Lee Ashton Dearholt is the owner of Four Hundred shares of the Capital Stock of Burroughs-TARZAN Enterprises, Inc. transferable only on the books of this Corporation in person or by Attorney upon surrender of this Certificate properly endorsed.

In Witness Whereof, the said Corporation has caused this Certificate to be signed by its duty authorized officers and its Corporate Seal to be hereunto affixed this 28th day of November AD, 1934.

George Stout - President    |    CR Rothmund - Secretary

Ashton Dearholt (April 4, 1894 - April 27, 1942) (Birth Name Lee Ashton Dearholt Jr.), was an American actor and director of the silent era. He appeared in 75 films between 1915 and 1938. He was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1984 and died in Los Angeles, California  in 1942. He directed and acted in The New Adventures of Tarzan on location in Guatemala for Burroughs-Tarzan Enterprises. After their divorce his actress wife Florence Gilbert married Edgar Rice Burroughs.

Jungle Tales of Tarzan - No. 2 - February 1965 -
Charlton Comics entered the Burroughs market when they issued Jungle Tales of Tarzan #1 (December 1964). Charlton's Tarzan effort, edited by Pat Masulli and based on three stories, Capture of Tarzan, The Fight for the Balu, and Tarzan's Way of Life, allowed to slip into the public domain, shook Gold Key. In Charlton's first issue, Masulli stated, "the true flavor of Tarzan as created by Mr. Burroughs has rarely been tasted in comic books. We intend to change that. We intend to be as true to the original as possible. We pledge ourselves to a series of comics that will thrill and inspire, delight and entrance as did the original masterworks."

Jungle Tales of Tarzan reportedly sold well enough to justify its continued existence. The creative team of Masulli, Sam Glanzman, and Joe Gill, kept their pledge to the readers. However, even though the stories Sam Glanzman drew and Joe Gill adapted were free of copyright, Western Publishing and Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., argued that Tarzan was still a trademark. Jungle Tales of Tarzan folded after only four issues.

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