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TARZAN'S BIRTHDAY PARTY
Invitation from George T. McWhorter
University of Louisville - Ekstrom Library - ERB Memorial Collection
|"Special Collections will celebrate Tarzan’s birthday on Sunday, October
28 at 3:30 pm in the Chao Auditorium. President of Edgar Rice Burroughs,
Inc. Jim Sullos and authors of two new books on Tarzan: Tracy Griffin (Tarzan:
the Centennial Celebration) and Robin Maxwell (Jane: the Woman who loved
will join our own George T. McWhorter for a program. We hope you and all
friends of Tarzan and Jane will join us – and stay for birthday cake."
Also appearing will be Denny Miller, Burroughs Family members - John R. Burroughs and many more.
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Meet George T. McWhorter
Robin Maxwell @ Book Soup Bookstore on Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood
Robin Maxwell @ Book Soup Bookstore on Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood
JOHN CARTER STILL LIVES!
I want John Carter to have a sequel!" on FaceBook reports:
Built by the Donald Douglas Company in 1939, the Aero Theatre was originally opened as a continuous 24-hour movie theatre for aircraft workers who worked in shifts around the clock. It later became a beloved neighborhood theatre and has anchored the now posh Montana Avenue section of Santa Monica.
Robert Redford’s Sundance Cinemas project was slated to take over the Aero Theatre, but pulled out after the bankruptcy of General Cinemas and its subsequent sale to AMC and it closed in 2003. The Aero Theatre was the boyhood cinema of the famous actor/director.
In January 2005, the Aero Theatre was reopened by the American Cinematheque after a $1 million dollar restoration including a new screen, sound and projection equipment, a new concession stand and reduced seating, from nearly 600 to 425. The screen is 38 feet wide and 18 feet high. The American Cinematheque also operates the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood.
The Sun Runner Magazine's 6th Annual Desert Writers Issue
features author Robin Maxwell and her latest book,
JANE: The Woman Who Loved Tarzan,
as well as fiction, essays, and poetry by desert writers,
and reviews by Literary Editor Delphine Lucas of desert-related books.
Dave Karlen has created a
Daily Tarzan Image Blog
ARTIST Tom Grindberg
WRITER Roy Thomas
Richard Powers Self-Portrait
Tarzan Ballantine Cover Artist
From the Richard Powers Tribute Site
Aside from the fact that he did more paperback covers than any other illustrator in the 1950s and 1960s, dominating the entire look of paperback sf for two decades, what he did was to introduce the visual language of surrealism into sf illustration and expand its possibilities permanently.
His technical range and skill is awe-inspiring and his visionary, suggestive images continued to evolve, even into his fifth decade as a professional in the field.
has recovered many original reels of silent film
that have been in the family for decades.
He is looking for advice on how to proceed with
restoring these valuable and somewhat dangerous nitrate films.
Included in the collection are Tarzan reels:
He has 16 more reels to look through, there may be more Tarzan Films.
In Amsterdam, the renowned American swimmer Johnny Weissmuller
met Miss Meany, Olympic diving champion and
both swimmers were engaged in America and will get married soon.
She is not stated as Johnny's first wife.
Submitted by Ron de Laat
OFFICIAL TRAILER 1
About the Book:
JANE: The Woman Who Loved Tarzan by Robin Maxwell
Broken Teepee ~ October 2, 2012
Cambridge, England, 1905. Jane Porter is hardly a typical woman of her time. The only female student in Cambridge University’s medical program, she is far more comfortable in a lab coat dissecting corpses than she is in a corset and gown sipping afternoon tea. A budding paleoanthropologist, Jane dreams of traveling the globe in search of fossils that will prove the evolutionary theories of her scientific hero, Charles Darwin.
When dashing American explorer Ral Conrath invites Jane and her father to join an expedition deep into West Africa, she can hardly believe her luck. Africa is every bit as exotic and fascinating as she has always imagined, but Jane quickly learns that the lush jungle is full of secrets—and so is Ral Conrath. When danger strikes, Jane finds her hero, the key to humanity’s past, and an all-consuming love in one extraordinary man: Tarzan of the Apes. Jane is the first version of the Tarzan story written by a woman and authorized by the Edgar Rice Burroughs estate. Its publication marks the centennial of the original Tarzan of the Apes.
About the Author:
ROBIN MAXWELL is the national bestselling author of eight historical fiction novels featuring powerful women, including Signora da Vinci and the award-winning Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn, now in its twenty-fourth printing. She lives in the high desert of California with her husband, yogi Max Thomas.
Do not start this book right before bed. I did and found myself still reading at 2:30AM. The story of Tarzan's Jane told by Robin Maxwell was in its beginning chapters very enthralling. I love anthropology so the inclusion of the early studies of fossils and the debates on Darwin's theories were fascinating to me. Ms. Maxwell has that magic with words that draws you into time and place and time flies as you read Jane's tale of meeting Tarzan and her telling the story to a young Edgar Rice Burroughs - a delightful conceit to get the story rolling.
Jane Porter is a very self possessed woman, brought up by a liberal father in straight laced Victorian Times. He has encouraged her study of science despite her mother's objections. Upon meeting a slick explorer who knows exactly how to sell himself and how to appeal to the desires of Jane's father a trip is planned to find Darwin's missing link; but Ral Conrath has his own agenda and is not what he purports to be. Jane has her reservations but her father tells her to leave it to the men - a surprising response from such a forward thinking type.
As all who know the story realize, Jane finds herself in the jungle, rescued by an ape-man. But this Tarzan is not like any other. In fact he is a bit too much of a 90's man - 1990s. He is a bit in touch with his feelings for a soul raised by an ape like tribe in the jungle but the story rolls along. I found the second half to be not quite as compelling as the first - it seemed to drag a bit as Jane sorted through Tarzan's backstory and Tarzan taught Jane the ways of the Jungle. I got a bit bored but it picked right back up when Jane and Tarzan teamed up to defeat the evil Mr. Conrath.
The ending was an unexpected jolt and makes me wonder if there are going to be further adventures for Jane and Tarzan. There are questions left unanswered and I would love to know how Jane came to be telling her story as she was. This was, overall, an exciting and truly different book that I thoroughly enjoyed reading. Jane is certainly a character to be applauded and she deserved a book of her own. Ms. Maxwell had the vision and the talent to bring her to vivid life.
When a baby gorilla is snatched from its family by the world's most infamous hunter, Tarzan will stop at nothing to track him down - crossing the wild jungle and hostile African savannah to bring him to justice. Meanwhile, Jane is trying to learn more about Tarzan's past, and must decide whether reuniting him with his lost Greystoke family is the right thing to do. But Robbie has ideas of his own. He has formed a plan that will get rid of Tarzan for good, and keep the secrets of his own past safe. "Tarzan, The Jungle Warrior" is a lion-roaring read that brings the classic story bang into the 21st century, and will publish at the start of the Tarzan centenary year.
Tarzan the Jungle Warrior
By Andy Briggs
The world's greatest eco-warrior is back for another white-knuckle adventure!
Amazon.ca | Amazon.co.uk
Paperback: 240 pages ~ Publisher: Faber And Faber Ltd.
ISBN-10: 057127353X ~ ISBN-13: 978-0571273539
About the Author
Andy Briggs began his writing career working on Hollywood movie projects, such as Freddy Vs Jason and Foreverman for Spider-Man creator Stan Lee and legendary producer Robert Evans. He has written several graphic novels, including the horror-thriller Ritual and Kong King of Skull Island. His first children's books were the eight part Hero.com and Villain.net series for Oxford University Press. He's currently working on several exciting TV and feature projects in between his books. Tarzan has been a passion from childhood and he's thrilled to now be writing and updating the legendary hero.
Latest author to add to the legendary character’s story
to visit locals schools as part of Appledore Book Festival.
Andy Briggs is the author and official spokesman of the Edgar Rice Burroughs Estate in the UK and his new novel Tarzan: Jungle Warrior brings the tale into the 21st century.
“Tarzan has more perils to face now - warring rebels, poaching of endangered animals, illegal logging and the decline of the environment are all issues that resonate with younger audiences,” he said. “He combines untamed savagery and power with a deep morality and love for the environment which genuinely speaks to them, as does the perennial love story of Tarzan and Jane, although Jane now carries an iPod.”
Volume 3: Coming Next Year
The first thing that struck me on opening this book was the total lack of photographs or illustrations. This is very unusual for a non-fiction work about books, comics and especially movies.
The Unoficial and Unauthorised Guide
to 100 Years of Tarzan by Sean Egan,
Telos, p/b, £15.99, http://www.telos.co.uk/
Reviewed by David Brzeski
Thankfully, it reads well enough that it doesn’t suffer too much, in fact it was refreshing not to have to keep stopping to refer to assorted illustrated examples.
The major bugbear with this sort of work is, of course, accuracy. The problem for this reviewer was my personal lack of in-depth knowledge about the subject at hand, and so I cheated. I googled for other reviews, to see if the author’s accuracy had been brought to task by people more knowledgeable than I. It’s a new book, so there weren’t many reviews around, but I did find one who complained that much of the movie related information is inaccurate and that the author relied too much on anecdotal information from people who were around at the time. Sadly, the reviewer neglected to cite any examples, so I can’t agree, or disagree with that view. I will say, however, that the way Egan intersperses his text with quoted anecdotes makes for a very readable book, and it’s interesting to read how various people remember things, even if it might not be 100% accurate,
I did, however have the chance to run the chapters concerning Philip José Farmer’s contributions to the Tarzan legacy past a couple of genuine experts and I’m pleased to say that, while they didn’t exactly love his take on it, they didn’t find any huge errors of fact, albeit they thought the claim that Farmer spent the 70s “dodging legal bullets” from the ERB estate, by avoiding using Tarzan’s name on his pastiches to be somewhat overstating the case. There is no evidence to suggest that PJF was ever under legal threat from the estate. They objected to the Dell paperback edition of The Adventures of the Peerless Peer and it was withdrawn, but that seems likely to have been down to the use of a photograph of Ron Ely as Tarzan on the cover. No action was ever taken against Farmer and other editions of the book went unhindered. The author also points out a discrepancy in when the theory as to Tarzan’s longevity was first posited, claiming that Farmer, due to ineptitude, mentions it in his Tarzan novel, The Dark Heart of Time, which takes place a decade and a half before the events of Tarzan’s Quest, in which ERB first suggests that Tarzan doesn’t age like a normal human. He can perhaps be forgiven for not realising that PJF had theorised that Tarzan got his immortality long before that in his book Tarzan Alive, and was referencing his own earlier book in the novel.
So, it’s an enjoyable book overall, if occasionally a little smug in tone. Maybe one day there will be an illustrated edition, albeit that would likely be a lot more expensive. As an overview of the character in the media, it’s not bad at all. I liked the way it sticks mainly to a chronological listing, rather than splitting the book into separate sections for books, films, TV and comics. I actually learned some information about the history of Tarzan in British comics that has had me place some issues on my wants list, and I have a list of old Tarzan films that I quite fancy viewing again after all these years, so it was a worthwhile reading experience.
More on this book in ERBzine 3739
Hardcover Publisher: IDW Publishing (2012)
Appeal seeks return of Tarzan actor's tigers, leopard
Sun Sentinel ~ September 23, 2012
Former Tarzan actor Steve Sipek feeds a Siberian Bengal tiger named "Bo"
on his property in Loxahatchee. His tigers and a leopard were seized in February
over repeated wildlife law violations, according to the state wildlife commission.
Six months after a former Tarzan actor's two tigers and leopard were seized in western Palm Beach County, a court fight has broken out over the return of the big cats. Melanie Boynes, who lives on the five-acre Loxahatchee property with former actor Steve Sipek, has gone to court in hopes of reclaiming the animals seized Feb. 27 by officers of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. She is appealing the commission's denial last month of a permit to own big cats for the non-profit Tarzan's Big Cat Sanctuary, which she and Sipek set up immediately after the raid.
The commission cited a history of inadequate care, poor food and lax security in denying the permit. But the lawyer for Boynes and Sipek, Rob Melchiorre of West Palm Beach, said the charges are false. One cat is blind and another suffers from benign tumors. "They care about the safety and well-being of the animals," he said. "They're not doing this to make a buck or anything. The thing my clients care the most about is the health of their cats." Sipek, a body builder who won the Mr. Canada body-building championship, starred in a 1970 Spanish remake of the Tarzan story.
According to the sanctuary's web site - which attributes the decision to cast him as the jungle hero to his "good looks and chiseled frame" - his love of big cats arose during production of a second Tarzan film, when a fire scene went awry and a lion trained to save him in the film did so in real life. Since then, according to the web site, he dedicated his life to taking care of mistreated big cats. But there have been mishaps, most spectacularly the 2004 escape of the 600-pound Bengal tiger Bobo, which was shot to death by a wildlife officer after roaming the neighborhood for 26 hours. In 1996, a cougar escaped by leaping a fence.
In their February raid, wildlife commission agents seized the tigers Bo and Lepa, and the leopard Oko from Sipek's property on the 3300 block of C Road, saying Sipek had a long history of failure to comply with the laws protecting wildlife and public safety. He was jailed and released that day on misdemeanor wildlife charges.
The commission cited numerous incidents in its Aug. 10 license denial: A leopard bit a visitor on the head in 2010; large, decaying holes in the roof and rusted caging created the risk of escapes; water dishes contained yellow and brown slime; multiple piles of old feces stood in enclosures; and the cats were being fed turkey legs rather than red meat, creating the risk that sharp bones could tear their insides. A tiger on the property had previously died from sharp bones tearing the intestines.
"The FWC removed Mr. Sipek's animals based on his facility's repeated failure to correct violations and follow current regulations," said spokesperson Carli Segelson. "Ms. Melanie Boynes applied for an FWC permit to establish the facility as a wildlife sanctuary. This request was denied due to past caging violations, failure to maintain control of the animals, incorrect dietary practices and the lack of required commercial activity with the tigers and leopard."
Boynes referred questions to her lawyer. But in her appeal, filed with the Florida Division of Administrative Hearings, she says the commission's accusations are untrue. The leopard bite did not happen. The cats' diet includes red meat, and none of them ever died from an improper diet. The caging was always adequate, and since the raid they have installed three brand-new cages. There are no sanitation problems. "The bottom line is the FWC has it in for Steve Sipek," Melchiorre said. "The same day that they seized the cats was the same day they gave them the notice that their license had been revoked. They handled it in the worst possible way. Now they're wasting taxpayers' money seizing the cats, arresting a man with no criminal record of any kind and giving him criminal charges."
The case against Sipek is set for a hearing in Palm Beach County Court Oct. 11.Copyright © 2012, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
CBS ~ September 24, 2012 ~ LOXAHATCHEE, Fla. - An actor who starred as Tarzan in a Spanish film version of the classic story is fighting in court to get his exotic big cats back. Steve Sipek and Melanie Boynes, who live together on a five-acre property called Tarzan's Big Cat Sanctuary about 17 miles from West Palm Beach, are appealing the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's decision to seize their animals, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported. Sipek starred in Spanish film "Tarzan in the Golden Grotto."
Tarzan actor Steve Sipek heads to court to get his big cats back
Steve Sipek vowed to take care of big cats after he said a lion saved him
from an on-set fire during his second Spanish Tarzan film.
Their lawyer, Rob Melchiorre, told the paper that the charges that they were not taking proper care of the big cats are untrue. "They care about the safety and well-being of the animals," he said. "They're not doing this to make a buck or anything. The thing my clients care the most about is the health of their cats."
Two tigers and one leopard were taken animals were taken on Feb. 27, 2012 after Sipek's USDA permit to keep the animals was revoked, according to the Palm Beach Post. He was arrested and faced misdemeanor charges of possession of a Class 1 animal without a USDA permit and possession of a Class 1 animal as a pet. Major Curtis Brown, leader of the FWC's Captive Wildlife and Investigations Section, added to the Palm Beach Post that both Sipek and Boynes were violating state and federal laws and the animals were removed because of a public safety threat.
Although Sipek has owned big cats for many years, the official organization, Tarzan's Big Cat Sanctuary, was only set up after the arrest, the Sun-Sentinel reported. According to the official website, Sipek dedicated his efforts to taking care of abused lions and tigers after a lion pulled him out of an on-set fire during the filming of the second Tarzan film he was starring in. But, several incidents including the escape of his 600-pound tiger named Bobo in 2004, have made authorities wary, according to CBS station WFOR in Miami. The tiger was shot after a 26-hour manhunt. The Sun-Sentinel added that authorities stated that a leopard bit a visitor in 2010, and cages were not kept up to standards. Water contained yellow and brown slime and the animals were not being fed the proper food, leading to the revocation of the facilities' license.
"The FWC removed Mr. Sipek's animals based on his facility's repeated failure to correct violations and follow current regulations," spokesperson Carli Segelson told the Sun-Sentinel. "Ms. Melanie Boynes applied for an FWC permit to establish the facility as a wildlife sanctuary. This request was denied due to past caging violations, failure to maintain control of the animals, incorrect dietary practices and the lack of required commercial activity with the tigers and leopard." Melchiorre claimed that the big cats' living quarters were always appropriate, and they were always fed the right food. He claimed the authorities are wasting taxpayer dollars by arresting Sipek, who had no prior criminal record. A hearing for the case was set on Oct. 11.
Great apes, such as gorillas, chimps and bonobos, are running out of places to live, say scientists. They have recorded a dramatic decline in the amount of habitat suitable for great apes, according to the first such survey across the African continent. Eastern gorillas, the largest living primate, have lost more than half their habitat since the early 1990s. Cross River gorillas, chimps and bonobos have also suffered significant losses, according to the study. Details are published in the journal Diversity and Distributions.
Great ape habitat in Africa has dramatically declined
Bonobos Bonobos have less far territory to roam
By Matt Walker Editor, BBC Nature
"Several studies either on a site or country level indicated already that African ape populations are under enormous pressure and in decline," said Hjalmar Kuehl, of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, who helped organise the research. But a wider perspective was missing; so various organisations and scientists joined to conduct the first continent-wide survey of suitable great ape habitat. "Many of the authors have spent years to collect the data used in this study under extremely difficult conditions with a lot of personal commitment," Dr Kuehl told BBC Nature. "Nothing comparable exists."
The scientists conducted the survey in two stages. First, they determined the exact location of more than 15,000 sites where the various species and subspecies of African great ape have been confirmed living during the past twenty years. "We then evaluated the environmental conditions at these locations and at all other locations across tropical Africa where great ape presence was not confirmed. This assessment included for instance percentage forest cover, human population density or climatic conditions," said Dr Kuehl.
From that the researchers could calculate the environmental conditions required for great apes to live. Then, using a statistical model, they predicted the amount of such habitat surviving across Africa, first for the 1990s, then the 2000s. The situation is very dramatic, many of the ape populations we still find today will disappear in the near future” The results are grim reading for conservationists. Gorillas have been significantly affected. Cross River gorillas have seen 59% of their habitat disappear over the past two decades. Eastern gorillas, the largest gorilla and largest surviving primate, have lost 52% of their habitat, while western gorillas have lost 31%. The various species and subspecies of chimp have also suffered.
Bonobos, once known as pygmy chimpanzees, have lost 29% of their habitat. Of the different subspecies of common chimpanzee, those living in central Africa have lost 17% and those in western Africa 11% of their habitat respectively. "From several site and country level studies we knew that pressure on great apes is increasing enormously. But despite these expectations it is outrageous to see how our closest living relatives and their habitats are disappearing," said Dr Kuehl. The pressures on the great apes vary significantly depending on region. For example, in western Africa, the loss of suitable habitat is being driven by forest clearance and hunting. . . . "Without a fundamental change in perception of how precious apes and their habitats are the current situation will not improve." More>>>
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