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Danton's Ex-Libris created by Thomas Yeates
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Thoughts on Danton Burroughs
by Thomas Yeates
First off I just can't believe he's gone.  We had been in touch quite a bit recently and I just can't believe he's suddenly gone. He has left a huge hole in my heart.  What a great sweet lovable guy. I am so sad.

The last time I was there he generously treated my family and another couple we were traveling with to a wonderful evening at the office and his favorite restaurant.  Our trip to his house a few days later was still mind boggling despite the fact that I'd been there many times before.  While there I spotted the most beautiful photo of Maureen O'Sullivan I'd ever seen, signed of course, and was happy it got into David Fury's book.  I also saw a pile of Ed's illustrated letters to various publications.  The ones I read were short hilarous anecdotes with great little cartoons.  There was a whole pile of them on a table in the room on the left as you walked into the downstairs from outside.  I hope they weren't burned, but I'm afraid the fire was in that very room.

He took on the role of the keeper of the archives and when some of them went up in flames he must have just felt terrible,  I think it must have broken his heart.

I always figured that he wouldn't make it to old age, but he seemed so up and energetic the last time I spoke with him last month that his sudden end came as a real shock.  I just loved that he'd become Chairman of the Board, and he was so proud when he told me.  He was a great friend to me and always championed my work.  He asked me long ago to do him an ex-libris bookplate, I'm so glad that I finally got it to him last year.

Thank you Bill and Sue-On for all you do for ERB and all you did and continue to do for Danton.


Danton was always a favourite among
the staff at Charlie G's 

Upper Storey of 
The Danton Burroughs Residence

Entering the residence
through the main floor front door

Poster & record display in the foyer

A few of the many thousands of records

Friend John Westervelt by front driveway

Part of the jukebox collection

One of a zillion pieces. . . 

. . . of objects d'art

JCB portrait of Danton's mom

Danton Burroughs ~ Bill Hillman ~ Denny MillerSince Danton's death, our phone and e-mail accounts have been flooded with messages of condolence from all over the world, directed to Dan's family, ERB, Inc. and ourselves. In addition to regular members of the various ERB-related listservs (reported at ERBlist) and blogs, we have received a barrage of calls and letters from Burroughs family members, friends, business associates, media, ERB scholars, researchers, dedicated fans, and even friends and neighbours who helped the family clean-up the aftermath of the fire. 

Some of the prominent ERB-community members who have phoned or sent personal condolences include:  Jim Sullos (president of ERB, Inc.), George T. McWhorter (Burroughs Bibliophiles, Bulletin editor & Curator: Burroughs Memorial Collection Ė University of Louisville), Camille (Caz) Cazedessus (ERBdom), Frank Westwood (England's Fantastic Worlds of ERB magazine), Mary Burroughs (JCB's second wife), Stacy Burroughs (Dan's step-sister), Nanette Mark (JCB's caregiver), Alex Cornelius (Danton's attorney and family representative), Janet Mann (ERB, Inc. secretary), Sean Egan (London's SFX magazine), Bob Hall (Dan's antique collector friend), Larry Lingeman (a close Tarzana friend), Col. Henry Franke (just returned from duty in Afghanistan and about to resume major ERB projects), Jerry O'Hara (longtime advisor to Danton), Peter O'Keefe (friend, researcher and ERB/Tarzana booster), Chris Olsen (friend), Bill Morse (NY friend and legal advisor), Tracy Griffin (Hollywood actor and writer of major ERB articles and documentaries), Patrice Bonneyrat (PBS documentary producer), Russell Edsinger (ERB ListServ moderator & performer), Andy Mangels (, Ron de Laat (Netherlands Website devoted to ERB), David Burton (artist), Dick Spargur (publisher), Jairo Uparella (ERB researcher from Bogota, Columbia), John Small (journalist, columnist and broadcaster), Ron Prindle (author), Phil Burger (author & ERB researcher), Thomas Yeates (artist), Mike Richardson (writer, film producer and president of Dark Horse Comics & Entertainment), Brian Bohnett (author & publisher), Jim van Hise (author, publisher, collector), Dave Hoover (Tarzan artist and animator), Harry Knowles (Ainít It Cool News), Jerry Berns (Danton's longtime friend), Bob O'Malley (Burroughs Bibliophile), Joan Bledig (graphic designer & publisher), Ken Manson (journalist), Chris Wrenn (friend), Robert Beerbohm (SF personality & collector), Laurence Dunn (president: Burroughs Bibliophiles), Georgia Pine (ERB fan), Bruce & Krista Meyer (fans & writers), Ward Orndoff (collector & writer), Robert (Bob) Mertes (school chum), Chuck Pogue (Hollywood screenwriter), Shawn Dueck (artist - Regina, SK), J. G. Huckenpöhler (Burroughs Bibliophile), Sandy Sivacoe Quigley (school chum), Bob Burrows (Burroughs Bibliophiles), Dr. S. Bradleigh Vinson (ERB Archivist ~ Burroughs Bibliophile), Richard Rose (old friend), Russie Ofria (friend), Bruce Bozarth (ERBList), Rick Benavides (personal friend), Kathy Spain (Joan Burroughs Pierce's granddaughter), Debbie and David T Alexander (longtime friends from Tampa, FL), Steve Allsup (ERB fan and writer), Michael Tierney (friend and writer), Jim Colovin (Animal Trainer for Film & Television), Kim (Burroughs) Siflinger (step-sister), Jerry Fecht (San Fernando Valley), Michael Pasqua (friend & ERB fan), Don Daro (longtime friend), Tom Davis (Ridgewood Military Academy classmate), Steve Hurley (Reseda High School school chum), Rob Clampett (writer and son of Bob Clampett) Steve Ramada (Tarzana Cultural Center), Dave Fury (biographer), Rick Keeney (fan), Michael Prescott (fan), Reimer Boller (author), Stephen Cassinelli (Art collector/musician/songwriter), Richard Buck (ERB fan), Frank Blisard (author), Robert Parker (Boyhood friend), Stephen Korshak (Publisher/Art Collector), James A. Bergen Jr. (author of the Price and Reference Guide to Books Written by Edgar Rice Burroughs, etc.), Joan Blyth (longtime ERB fan) . . . to name a few. . . . with more to come.

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Read the Danton Burroughs Obituary in the LA Times: HERE

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1. Hillman

2. Friends

3. Yeates

4. Griffin

5. School Chums
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6. Bibliophiles

7. Phil Burger
Celebration of Life

1. Memorial Card
Celebration of Life

2. Friend's Eulogy
Celebration of Life

3. Hillman Eulogy Notes
Celebration of Life

4. Mertes ~ Photos I
Celebration of Life

5. Photos II

Photos III

Photos IV

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