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Volume 5683
Dum-Dum 2015 was hosted by Peggy Adler ~ Clinton, CT ~ August 20 - 23

5683: Intro and Contents

5684: Getting There Via Boston

5685: Arrival at Clinton CT

5686: Presentations: Gerlach, Hudson, Leto ~ Jam Session

5687: Huckster Room I: Walkabout Snapshots

5688: Panel I: Tarzan's Many Genres ~ Fish Tails

5689: Panel II: ERB's Influence on SF

5690: Tarzan Yell Contest

5691: Huckster Room II

5692: Denny Miller Tribute

5693: Burroughs Bibliophile Auction

5694: Banquet I: Table Chats

5695: Banquet II: Dining ~ Awards ~  Speeches

5696: Banquet III: Close-Ups: Tablemates ~ Final Pics
5697: Coming Home: 
Gillette, Twain, Toronto

Dum-Dum Dossier

Dum-Dum/ECOF Archve

Dum Dum 2015 Schedule 
Andrews Memorial Town Hall
54 East Main Street
Clinton, CT 06413
Meet Peggy Adler: Wikipedia
Updates from Peggy
Come to Dum Dum 2015, August 20-23, at Andrew Memorial Town Hall in Clinton, Connecticut and meet the author and the illustrator of the first new Tarzan novel in years .... as well as members of the Burroughs family and the President of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc and his Executive Assistant.
Written by the prolific adventure writer, Will Murray (William Patrick Murray), author of "The Wild Adventures of Doc Savage" series, "Tarzan: Return to Pal-ul-don" is an authorized sequel to one of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ most celebrated Tarzan novels, "Tarzan the Terrible" and is published by Altus Press.
“Having been an Edgar Rice Burroughs fan since 1968,” says Murray, “the opportunity to bring this iconic character back to life means a great deal to me. I’ve pulled out all the stops to faithfully replicate the storytelling style of the great Edgar Rice Burroughs and recreate the original era of 'Tarzan of the Apes'.”
Jim Sullos, President of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., who will be at the Dum Dum as well, notes, “We couldn’t be more pleased to have such a talented writer as Will Murray write a sequel to one of Mr. Burroughs’ Tarzan novels. The pace is fast and the suspense never lets up, just what a reader expects when following the adventures of our Ape-Man.”
"Tarzan: Return to Pal-ul-don" features a magnificent cover illustration by award-winning artist Joe DeVito, who also executes the covers for Altus Press’ "Wild Adventures of Doc Savage" series.
“It is always a treat painting covers for Will’s Doc Savage adventure yarns,” says DeVito. “And now, Tarzan, the granddaddy of all the great action-adventure characters. After sculpting the Centennial Tarzan statue for ERB, Inc. in 2012, I was hoping to get a crack at a Tarzan painting as well. This book provided an opportunity to combine them both!”
"Tarzan: Return to Pal-ul-don" will be released in paperback in June, to be followed by a deluxe hardcover edition with a wraparound cover. The deluxe edition will also contain a bonus Tarzan short story by Gary A. Buckingham, entitled “Tarzan and the Secret of Katanga” -- a sequel, which ties into the lead novel. Both will be available at Dum Dum 2015.

About Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.:
Founded in 1923 by Edgar Rice Burroughs, as one of the first authors to incorporate himself, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. holds numerous trademarks and the rights to all literary works of the author still protected by copyright, including stories of Tarzan of the Apes and John Carter of Mars. The company has overseen every adaptation of his literary works in film, television, radio, publishing, theatrical stage productions, licensing and merchandising. The company is still a very active enterprise and manages and licenses the vast archive of Mr. Burroughs’ literary works, fictional characters and corresponding artworks that have grown for over a century. The company continues to be owned by the Burroughs family and remains headquartered in Tarzana, California, the town named after the Tarzana Ranch Mr. Burroughs purchased there in 1918 which led to the town’s future development.
Along with ERB,, Inc's President, Jim Sullos presence at Dum Dum 2015, there will be his Executive Assistant, Cathy Mann Wilbanks -- and three member of ERB's family: Linda Burroughs and her two daughters, Llana Jane Burroughs & Dejah Burroughs.

I'm thrilled to announce that Nancy Miller, Denny Miller's widow, will be joining us at the Dum Dum 
for all three days.
Nancy will be vending Denny's books and DVDs. 
She'll also be contributing some of Denny's memorabilia for the auction. 

Thursday, August 20
Noon - 6:00 pm, Dealer & Banquet Registration Check-in/Huckster room set-up, (Green Room) 
Tarzan Yell Competition Sign-up (Green Room) 
2:00 pm, Book Barn @ Niantic 
Dinner on your own (see Economic Development Commission [EDC] Restaurant Guide) 
6:30 pm, “Beatles Forever” Outdoor Concert at Vece Gazebo, 75 East Main Street (free) 
(In case of rain the concert will be in Andrews Memorial Town Hall’s Auditorium)
  (Sponsored by the Clinton Chamber of Commerce)
7:30 pm, “The Many Faces of Tarzan” (1989) [by permission of Tom Lavagnino] (Auditorium) 
8:45 pm, Burroughs Bibliophile Board Meeting (Rose Room)

Friday, August 21: 
Breakfast, on your own (see EDC Restaurant Guide) 
9:00 am - 6:00 pm, Huckster Room open in the Green Room 
9:00 am, Banquet Registration Check-in
Tarzan Yell Competition Sign-up (Green Room) 
9:00 am, "Tarzan Finds a Son" (1939) Johnny Weissmuller * (Auditorium) 
10:30 am, "Tarzan's Magic Fountain" (1949), Lex Barker [by permission of ERB, Inc.] (Auditorium) 
12:00 pm, Lunch on your own (see EDC Restaurant Guide) 
1:00 pm, "Tarzan" TV Series (1967), Ron Ely (Auditorium) * 
“The Perils of Charity Jones” [Parts 1 & 2] (guest starring Julie Harris) 
3:00 pm, "Tarzan" (1999), Disney Animated Feature (Auditorium) * 
4:30 pm, "Tarzan's Many Genres" ( Books, Comics, Radio, Stage, Screen (live action &
          animation and TV).  Panel moderator: Scott Tracy Griffin
          Panelists: Will Murray, Joe DeVito, Alexander Simmons & Michael R. Hudson (Auditorium)
6:00 pm, Dinner on your own (see EDC Restaurant Guide) 

7:30 pm, Video Tribute to Denny Miller (Auditorium)

Saturday, August 22: 
Breakfast on your own (see EDC Restaurant Guide) 
9:00 am - 12:00 pm, Huckster Room open in the Green Room.
9:00 am, “John Carter” (2012) (Auditorium)
11:15 am, ERB’s influence on modern Sci-Fi (Auditorium)
           Panel discussion will be moderated by Scott Tracy Griffin: 
     Panelists: Jake (Buddy Saunders), Diana Leto, Mark Ellis & Thomas Yeates 
12:00 pm, Lunch on your own (see EDC Restaurant Guide) 
1:00 pm, Tarzan Yell Competition - Emcee will be Clinton’s own Dennis Donovan (Auditorium) 
2:00 pm, “The Search for Sandy” [by permission of Bill Berloni] (Auditorium) 
2:45 pm, Dum Dum Drawing for Kids,  3 – 13 years old (Green Room)
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Public Auction of ERB memorabilia (Green Room)  (Bill Ross auctioneer “extraordinairre”)
4:00 pm, Historic House Walk (Clinton Placemakers)
6:00 pm, Cash Bar & Banquet (Clinton Country Club/128 Old Post Road aka Rte 145) 
> 2015 Outstanding Achievement Award, posthumously, to Denny Miller
> Golden Lion Awards: Jake (Buddy) Saunders & Jim Gerlach
> Introduction of Jamie Corcoran & Amber Vuilleumier, winners of Clinton’s high school’s ERB Art Contest
> Guest of Honor: Bill Berloni, Tony Award Winning Animal Trainer 
  [Stage (i.e. “Annie”), screen & television] Training Animals to Perform - Then & Now
9:00 pm, Fireworks Extravaganza (Clinton Town Beach)     [Clinton Chamber of Commerce]

Sunday, August 23 
8:30 am, Farewell Breakfast at the Clinton Town Beach's 
picnic pavilion, with the food (Dutch Treat) from the beach's Hazy Daze concession. 

* In Partnership with the Henry Carter Hull Library of Clinton, CT

Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a responsible adult

Dum Dum Notables to Date (*= Panelist)
1) Bill Berloni (Guest of Honor/banquet speaker): Has trained over 300 rescue animals for performance for stage, screen and television. (
2) Linda Burroughs: widow of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Grandson Danton 
3) Llana Jane Burroughs: Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Great-Granddaughter. 
4) Dejah Burroughs: Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Great Granddaughter. 
*5) Joe DeVito: Artist/Sculptor (Centennial Tarzan Statue); Illustrator, upcoming Will Murray Tarzan Novel.  (
*6) Jim Gerlach: Editor of the special new authorized BACK TO THE STONE AGE edition of ERB's classic novel - printed from the original G&D plates and with new art - will talk about Grosset & Dunlap and Edgar Rice Burroughs Past and Present. 
*7) Scott Tracy Griffin: Author, “Tarzan: The Centennial Celebration”; ERB Historian; actor.  (
*8) Michael R. Hudson: publisher and book producer; owner of Sequential Pulp Comics and Raven's Head Press (
*9) Diana Leto: Illustrator, on-line ERB comic strip “Cavegirl”; “My Little Pony”; and Sesame Street Workshop (
10) Nancy Miller is Denny Miller’s widow.
11) Pocho Morrow, widow of Gray Morrow (, who among other things, did the art for the Sunday “Tarzan” (from 1983 until his death in 2001) 
*12) William Patrick Murray (Will Murray): Author, upcoming Tarzan novel; “Doc Savage”, at al
*13) Jake (Buddy) Saunders: “The Martian Legion”; Lone Star Comics on-line (; and
*14) Alexander Simmons: Writer, “Tarzan” Sunday comic strip; “Archie”, et al; and
15) Jim Sullos: President of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. (
16) Cathy Mann Wilbanks: Executive Assistant & Archivist. @ Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. (
17) Thomas (Tom) Yeates: As a comic artist for over 25 years, he is considered by many to be an astute master of his trade. Currently Thomas does the awesome art for the Sunday newspaper & on-line “Prince Valiant”.  Additionally, he is an incredibly talented classical artist & gifted illustrator. (

Peggy (

Rose Room Presentations
(concurrent with the events in the auditorium)Friday, August 21st:

Friday, August 21st:
10:00am: Jim Gerlach will talk about Grosset & Dunlap and Edgar Rice Burroughs Past and Present. 
11:00am: Alexander Simmons: "Tarzan, Love of a Darker Land"
Author, Tarzan Sunday Newspaper Strip; Archie
1:00pm: Michael R. Hudson: Publisher, Jungle Tales of Tarzan
 2:00pm: Diana Leto’s Comic Con workshop for kids

Saturday, August 22nd:
 9:00am, William Patrick (Will) Murray:
 Author, Doc Savage; and Tarzan: Return to Pal-ul-don
10:00am, Joe DeVito: The creation of his Centennial Tarzan statue and his painting for Tarzan: Return to Pal-ul-don, by William Patrick (Will) Murray

Here’s What People Get If They Pay $75 for the Banquet
1) Tote/backpack with the Dum Dum logo
2) T-shirt with the Dum Dum logo > if ordered by July 20th
3) Audio CD:  “Tarzan” radio show (1932 - 1933)
4) DVD: “A Video Tribute to Denny Miller”
5) “Broadway Tails”, a book by Dum Dum banquet guest of honor, Bill Berloni
6) Dum Dum program on half-fold card with DumDum logo & schedule
7) 1, quarter-fold gift card bearing the Dum Dum logo
8) Numbered Dum Dum Name Tag in plastic badge holder
9) Numbered Banquet Ticket
10) Numbered Auction Card
11) Additionally,  local Clinton information ....
Edgar Rice Burroughs' family has an indirect link to Clinton, CT, where Dum Dum 2015 will take place:
ERB’s brothers, George and Henry (Harry) both went to Yale, graduating there in 1889 from the Sheffield Scientific School.
Coincidentally, 189 years earlier, Yale was "born" in Clinton.
[The Dum Dum will be at Andrews Memorial Town Hall, August 20-23, and will be open to the public for free. 
More information, along with a banquet & vendor registration form, can be found on this ERBzine page
as well as on FaceBook at "Dum Dum 2015", as a page, a group and an event. 
for banquet registration is AUGUST 12th
How to get to Dum Dum 2015:

Clinton, Connecticut is a mere 20 miles or so east of New Haven and is easily accessible by plane, train and car. 

Connecticut’s Bradley International Airport (BDL) services all major airlines, as well as bargain priced Southwest ( ~ sign up for their e-mails); and Jet Blue ( ~ sign up for their e-mails as well). Bradley is only 55 minutes from Clinton by car. Folks can also fly into New York’s JFK or LaGuardia; Rhode Island’s Warwick/Providence; or Boston’s Logan - and then rent a car or take an airport limo or train. Additionally, US Air flies into New Haven’s Tweed-NH Airport.

Clinton is also accessible by Metro North, from New York City’s Grand Central Station to New Haven -- and then Shoreline East from New Haven to Clinton (or any of the other nearby shoreline stations); and Amtrak, which has stops in New Haven and nearby Old Saybrook. 

And of course, you can always get there by car -- to Exit 63 or 64 on I-95.

Check it out!

Peggy Adler

A Compilation of Places to Stay in the Clinton Area
What to do in the Clinton area:
For folks who want to take side trips on their own: Since Clinton is only 20 or so  miles from New Haven, they can go there to check out Yale; the Yale Center for British Art ( ; the Yale Art Gallery (  and the Peabody Museum of Natural History ( (with its Pulitzer Prize winning dinosaur mural by my dear, late, friend Rudy Zallinger.) Or they may want to hop a commuter train to NYC for the day.  Clinton is also near  Mystic Seaport ( ); Mystic Aquarium (; Essex Steam Train (; Gillette Castle State Park, formerly the home of actor William Gillette, who portrayed Sherlock Holmes on the stage; Connecticut’s Dinosaur State Park and the Goodspeed Opera House ( where “Annie” & “Man from La Mancha” started before going to Broadway.  Additionally, for those that like to gamble – there are two, nearby, tribal run casinos (Foxwoods & the Mohegan Sun).   Three miles West is the nationally acclaimed  R.J.Julia Booksellers (  And the fabulous Book Barn @ Niantic is just a few miles to the East, off  I-95 (

(Work in Progress)
ERBzine 5683
5683: Intro and Contents 5684: Getting There Via Boston 5685: Arrival 5686: Presentations/Jam 5687: Huckster Room I
5688: Panel I/Fish Tails 5689: Panel II 5690: Tarzan Yell Contest 5691: Huckster Room II 5692: Denny Miller Tribute
5693: BB Auction 5694: Banquet I: Table Chats 5695: II: Dining & Awards 5696: Banquet III: Close-Ups 5697: Coming Home
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