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Dum-Dum 2005 ~ Chicago / Oak Park ~ August 10 -14
ECOF 2005 is inToronto ~ June 23-26 with Doug Denby host
Jungle takes over TTC's Finch Station; Will Tarzan swing from the vines too? 
Toronto Transit Commission release to
TORONTO, June 13 /CNW/ - It's a jungle out there! Well, it will be all day Tuesday for TTC customers traveling through Finch Station. When going to or from the Finch Station bus platform, customers will walk through a jungle - vines and moss hanging from the ceiling and plantations of palm trees camouflaging the support pillars. Definitely a sight to elicit "ahhs" from customers descending to the collectors' level by stair or escalator. And don't be surprised if some of the voices sound familiar - Glenn Close, George Carlin and "Dora the Explorer". 
From 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 14, the DVD of Disney's Tarzan II movie will premier on a monitor in the station. Thus the jungle setting. And the voices? In the animated movie, Glenn Close speaks as Kala, Carlin is the cranky old hermit ape and "Dora the Explorer" is Tarzan as a child.     For those stopping to enjoy a little of the DVD action in the mezzanine below the TTC bus bays, there'll be a gift - a packet of Disney character temporary tattoos. Photo Op
    What:  Tarzan II DVD plays in jungle setting at Finch Station for TTC customers
    Why:   Disney premiers Tarzan II DVD, available at video stores Tuesday
    When:  6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 14
    Where: Finch Station, Yonge and Finch, mezzanine below the TTC bus bays.
Father's Day & Tarzan(R) II weekend at the Greater Vancouver Zoo 
Canada NewsWire ~ June 13, 2005
ALDERGROVE, BC, June 13 /CNW/ - Kids, give your dad a treat and take him to the Zoo. Free admission for Dads during Father's Day at the Zoo when accompanied by a child. Plus, kids have a chance to win a copy of Disney's all-new movie Tarzan II on DVD when they enter the colouring contest on June 18th and 19th, 2005. Tarzan II hits stores on June 14th, 2005. The Greater Vancouver Zoo is dedicated to preserving and protecting endangered species, and creating an educational environment that inspires appreciation and concern about wildlife and wild places, while providing a pleasant recreational setting for our visitors. The Zoo is located just off Exit No. 73 on the Trans Canada Highway One. Visit for more information. Photos Available at 
The Greater Vancouver Zoo 5048-264th Street ~ Aldergrove, BC Canada V4W 3N7
    TARZAN (R) Owned by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. and Used by Permission.
    Tarzan II (C) Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. and Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Mocean Worker to perform new live score for Tarzan the Ape Man - June, 13 2005
NORTH ADAMS-Music and movies are back this summer at MASS MoCA. The 1932 film, Tarzan the Ape Man, will show on the large outdoor screen at MASS MoCA on Saturday, July 2, at 9 P.M. with live music by the genre-defying electronic musician and producer Mocean Worker. MASS MoCA has commissioned Mocean Worker (aka Adam Dorn) to compose a brand new original score to the classic movie, which stars Maureen O’Sullivan and Olympic gold medal swimmer Johnny Weissmuller, and his live performance is sure to thrill and amaze. 

Mocean Worker is no stranger to adding musical accompaniment to film screenings. In 2003, Dorn performed at MASS MoCA spinning to filmmaker Harry Smith’s Animated Dreams. Described as blending “jolts of jazz, chunks of funk and electronic music into a lively, refreshing, sophisticated sound” (, Mocean Worker’s contribution is guaranteed to give an inventive, contemporary spin to the quintessential adventure film. 

Tarzan the Ape Man was MGM's inaugural "Tarzan" film out of an astonishing series of twelve. For this film, MGM utilized scads of stock footage of the African jungle from a previous feature film, Trader Horn (1931). Aside from this resource, production costs for Tarzan the Ape Man still managed to reach over $1 million for the studio. This film, directed by W. S. Van Dyke based on a character created by novelist Edgar Rice Burroughs, was also the first feature-length film in the Tarzan series to include talking. 

W. S. Van Dyke’s film tells the story of a great English hunter, James Parker (C. Aubrey Smith), trudging through an African jungle in search of the legendary Elephant Graveyard. Accompanying Parker is his daughter, Jane (Maureen O'Sullivan), and her former beau, Harry Holt (Neil Hamilton). The expedition is continually interrupted by the apprehensive Tarzan, a white man who'd been lost in the jungle years earlier and raised by apes. Tarzan kidnaps Jane and whisks her away to the treetops, where she eventually overcomes her fear of him and teaches him to speak English. ("Tarzan...Jane", not "Me Tarzan...You Jane," as has often been misreported.) 

The son of legendary producer Joel Dorn (Charles Mingus, Roberta Flack, John Coltrane, Leon Redbone), Mocean Worker/Adam Dorn began his career as an assistant to bassist/producer Marcus Miller (Miles Davis, Luther Vandross, David Sanborn). His credits also include remixing work for Tenacious D (Jack Black), Marcus Miller, Chaka Khan, Miles Davis, and the Neville Brothers, contributions to Bird Up:The Charlie Parker Remix Project, composing for Sundance favorite, The Doe Boy, as well as two documentaries for HBO. Today he’s a DJ/composer/producer who runs the venerable Label M, a label for reissues and rare live recordings of jazz music with his father. Recently Mocean Worker released his newest and fourth album, Enter the MoWo! 

Seating will start at 8 P.M. Food and drink from Lickety Split and the MASS MoCA bar will be available before and during the event. Tickets for Tarzan the Ape Man and Mocean Worker are $14 in advance or $17 the day of the show. MASS MoCA members receive a 10% discount. Tickets are available through the MASS MoCA Box Office located off Marshall Street in North Adams from 11 A.M. until 5 P.M. (closed Tuesdays). Tickets can also be charged by phone by calling 413.662.2111 during Box Office hours or purchased on line at
In the case of inclement weather the event will be moved inside to the Hunter Center. 

Tarzan II Review in Canada's weekly newsmagazine Macleans
Tarzan II (Disney) - This direct-to-video sequel goes back to Tarzan the jungle kid, before he grew up at the end of the 1999 original. He doesn't have that famous yell down yet as he swings through the jungle to the sounds of exotic birds (and new Phil Collins tunes) in the background. The plot has wee Tarzan doubting his ape family's love for him and running away from home to make friends with a hermit ape (George Carlin) while trying to solve the mystery of a mythical and scary cave monster known as Zugor. Geared to the G audience as it is, this Tarzan's jungle, while it does have dangers, is more like a schoolyard playground for slapstick antics. Other celebrity voices include Glenn Close, Lance Henricksen, Brad Garrett and Estelle Harris. DVD extras include a making-of feature, games and Tarzan's Matter-of-Fact option that offers language-explaining pop-ups while running the film.
Tarzan II Expected to Bow Strongly
Comes out before strong third-quarter competition
By Eliza Gallo ~ June 10, 2005 ~ Video Business Online
As the tsunami of third-quarter titles heads to store shelves, one major animated DVD premiere is testing the market waters this week. Disney's Tarzan II streets June 14 amid solid retail expectations. The huge theatrical success of the original Tarzan, two new songs from Phil Collins and heavy Disney advertising all will enhance Tarzan II's draw, Achar said. Barnes & Noble is giving prominent in-store placement to the title.

Wal-Mart is promoting Tarzan II by pairing it with an exclusive children's activity CD-ROM.
"We're pushing it just because it's coming out at a time where currently there's not a huge release pattern going," Tommy K's CEO Frank Slugaski said. "There's an opportunity to do a little bit more with it, because of the fact that there's not a lot competing with it." Tarzan II will have a showcase window at first, Slugaski said. "Its challenge is not week one. Its challenge will be how it stands up in week two or three."

Win it before you can buy it! 
Disney's animated Tarzan II will be available Tuesday, June 14 to purchase for your very own, but wants you to win it first! Before Tarzan was King of the Jungle, he was a young lad and Tarzan II tells the beginning of the story. Your family's favorite characters, Terk and Tantor are back in this movie too! When Tarzan was little, he was an awkward kid trying to fit in. But when one of his mistakes lands his family in jeopardy, Tarzan decides his family would be better off without him. So he leaves and meets the mysterious Zugor who is the most powerful force in the land. Together Tarzan and Zugor discover that being different is not a weakness and that friends and family are the greatest strengths of all! Featuring new songs by Phil Collins and the voice talents of Glenn Close, George Carlin and Brad Garrett.
Look for the directions and form on website to find out how you can win it before you can buy it!
Excerpts from Harry Knowles' letter to the new Unofficial John Carter Movie Fan Site
". . . Kerry Conran is the director, and the work he has been doing has been absolutely breathtaking. There has been a great deal of design work, computer tests, filmed tests and so many other tests that have been done to just get a hand hold on how to make this mammoth undertaking the film we all dream it can be. . . I have the utmost confidence that the work we're doing is going to amaze the world of Barsoom lovers everywhere. We're getting closer to launching our own official website, so keep your eyes and ears open." 
~ Harry Knowles: Co-Producer of Paramount's John Carter of Mars film project. 

Tarzan yell contest scheduled
By Jodelle Greiner ~ Gainesville (Texas) Register ~ June 9, 2005
Warm up your vocal chords 'cause Tarzan is coming to town. Those who are brave enough can see how they measure up in a Tarzan yell contest at 7 p.m. today at the Leonard Park pavilion. The event will be judged by Denny Miller, an actor who played Tarzan in 1959's "Tarzan the Ape Man." Just don't expect Miller to take part in the contest. It's not that he's lost his ability to do the yell, according to him, "I never had it. I sounded like a wounded yak." In a telephone interview on Wednesday, the affable and humorous Miller said the best ones he's ever heard do the yell were comedienne Carol Burnett, Tarzan writer Edgar Rice Burroughs' grandson Danton, and Tarzan actor Johnny Weissmuller, who Miller said had the best yell of the 20 men who played the ape man. As for Miller, when he played Tarzan, he said the yell was done by a professional singer and then doctored.

Miller holds an unusual distinction in that he is one of three men from Indiana to play the role. Elmo Lincoln was the first Tarzan. James Pierce went on to marry Edgar Rice Burroughs' daughter and they voiced Tarzan and Jane on the radio. It was a physically demanding role, Miller admitted, that's why it was played by men who had athletic backgrounds, like Weissmuller, who was an Olympic swimmer, and Miller, who grew up swimming and playing basketball in Indiana. . . . As for himself, "I'm working harder than I ever have," Miller said enthusiastically. "We get to drive and see America."

Read the whole news story at the Gainesville Register Site or in
ERBzine 1440

Your long wait for weightlessness may be ended
Huntsville Times  ~ Friday, June 10, 2005
A lot of people want to weigh less, but a few are more interested in weightlessness, a feeling that can be experienced in several ways, as residents of Rocket City USA should know:  Blast off into space, then turn off the thrusters as you orbit Earth. . . .  Journey to the center of the Earth. If it's hollow like Jules Verne and Edgar Rice Burroughs supposed in their sci-fi tales, you'll be weightless except for a wee bit of centrifugal force. Why are people so interested in experiencing weightlessness? . . .
Who Was That Masked Man?
Christopher Nolan’s Batman begins with flesh and bone
by Scott Foundas ~ LA Weekly ~ June 10, 2005
I’m guessing — and it’s strictly a hunch — that Christopher Nolan enjoyed a happier, better-adjusted childhood than Tim Burton’s. He seems to have spent more time outdoors, gone to bed at a more decent hour and, when he did bury himself in books, preferred Edgar Rice Burroughs to Edgar Allan Poe. Whatever the cause, Batman Begins, which Nolan co-wrote and directed, is a more rugged, robust, athletic picture than Burton’s two contributions to the franchise, and ultimately a more compelling one.
Coming June 14 
 Disney Tarzan II On DVD
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Disney's Tarzan Musical Aiming for 2005-2006 Broadway Bow 
Magical Mountain ~ Disney Company News ~ June 8, 2005 (Andrew Gans) 
Disney's latest entry into the Broadway scene will most likely be Tarzan, based on the 1999 animated film of the same name.  A casting notice says that the production will open on Broadway some time during the 2005-2006 season. Tarzan will join such other Broadway Disney fare as the long-running Beauty and the Beast and the Tony-winning The Lion King. 

Tarzan will feature direction and designs by Bob Crowley, choreography by Meryl Tankard and associate direction by Jeff Lee. Phil Collins, who penned the score for the motion picture, has written several additional songs for the stage version, which will boast a book by David Henry Hwang. The casting notice says the Broadway musical is adapted from the Tab Murphy-Bob Tzudiker-Noni White screenplay and the original Edgar Rice Burroughs novel "Tarzan of the Apes." 

The casting sessions, which will be held May 24, 25 and 28 at Chelsea studios, are seeking actors to play Tarzan, Jane, Kala, Kerchak, Clayton, Terk, Porter and a child Tarzan. The role of the adult Tarzan is described as follows: "Caught between the world of gorillas and the world of humans, he is a human raised by a family of apes in the African jungle. We must identify with him and care about him and his emotional journey. Charming, sexy, vulnerable, lots of humanity, animal-like. Physically lean but toned, a swimmer’s body — NOT a muscle man. Strong upper body strength, physical, agile, fearless, must be very comfortable with movement. His body must be at one with the environment. Will fly. Needs a terrific pop/rock singing voice." 

A Jan. 30, 2004, workshop of the musical featured Daniel Manche as the Child Tarzan and The Light in the Piazza's Matthew Morrison as the Adult Tarzan. Former Rent-er Adam Pascal sang the role of the Tarzan Storyteller. The remainder of the workshop cast included Everett Bradley (ensemble), Laura Bell Bundy (Jane), Will Chase (Clayton), Dwayne Clark (ensemble), Aisha de Haas (ensemble), Chris Fitzgerald (Adult Terk), Kristen Lee Kelly (ensemble), Joshua Kobak (ensemble), Anika Larsen (ensemble), Cass Morgan (Kala), Doug Storm (ensemble), Travis Walters (Child Terk), Alton White (Kerchak) 

The 1999 animated Disney film of "Tarzan" featured songs by Phil Collins. Collins, in fact, won an Oscar for the tune "You'll Be In My Heart." The film featured the voices of Tony Goldwyn (Tarzan), Minnie Driver (Jane Porter), Glenn Close (Kala), Brian Blessed (Clayton), Nigel Hawthorne (Porter), Lance Henriksen (Kerchak), Wayne Knight (Tanor), Alex D. Linz (Young Tarzan) and Rosie O'Donnell (Terk)

Back to Futures Past 
A new crop of Canadian sci-fi writers abandons cyberpunk for a more classic approach 
By Peter Darbyshire ~ June 7, 2005 ~ CBC Arts
In his best-known novel, Darwinia (1998), Wilson deliberately writes in the spirit of Jules Verne and Edgar Rice Burroughs, invoking not only the subject matter of old-fashioned sci-fi but also the form itself. Darwinia begins in 1912 with the Miracle, a mysterious event in which Europe vanishes and is replaced by a strange new land complete with alien plants and deadly creatures. It’s the archetypal lost-world yarn, populated with brave explorers, adventurous scientists and mystics who dabble in the occult. But Darwinia is more than just an homage to the genre’s founding fathers
Space Station hands out sci-fi awards
May 29, 2005
The critically maligned Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow with its retro Art Deco look was named best science fiction/fantasy movie (by the Space people, not the viewers). It also won for best special effects. "Some people are revisiting it now in light of Sin City," Gratton says about Sky Captain's disappointing box-office performance. "For us it was still brilliant." . 
Coming Soon from Dark Horse:
A Major Compendium Featuring 
The Work of an All-Time Great Tarzan Artist 
The Joe Kubert Collection
"John Carter of Mars" Film Update
Paramount have provided additional funding to extend the Conran/John Carter of Mars pre-production.

May 27, 2005 - Now Playing Magazine caught up with screenwriter Ehren Kruger who spoke about his current project, the long-gestating film adaptation of an Edgar Rice Burroughs classic.

"I'm in the writing process for John Carter of Mars, working with the director — Kerry Conran, "Kruger informed Now Playing. "He's in, too, with his visual design team — the effects, and the sort of outlandish worlds that need to be created for that. He has to design all that. So we're pretty well along with the script.

"It's a faithful adaptation to the novels, but the novels were written in the teens and '20s, so there's some degree of modernization just to the tone of them. But in terms to the story, we are trying to be as faithful as we can because those novels inspired a lot of the science fiction and fantasy that came later in the century."

More News On The LAND THAT TIME FORGOT Film Project
Last month we reported that ERB, Inc. had signed contracts for a new Land That Time Forgot movie but we weren't at liberty to release more information at that time. Will Murray has just posted in the PULPMAGS newsgroup that he recently interviewed the screenwriters of the Hallmark Entertainment "Mysterious Island" miniseries airing this summer (July 2-3), and they told him they'd just begun work on a 4-hour adaptation of Burroughs' LAND THAT TIME FORGOT for Summer 2006. Their adaptation is set in modern times.
Exciting New Releases for ERB Fans Described at:
DVDs shot at Dum Dum & ECOF gatherings by Wayne James. 
See the entire selection and ordering information in the Specialties Section of:
Bruce Wood's ERB Jacket Store

From Lulu Press:
The Life and Work of J. Allen St. John by Darrell C. Richardson
Illustrated in FULL COLOR. A beautiful cross section of the career of this amazing and talented artist. This is the first volume of a projected series of books on St. John. 
Also available directly from Darrell Richardson:

From ERBville Press: The Illustrated Edgar Rice Burroughs Series
The individually titled booklets reprint the illustrations which accompanied ERB's stories in the pulps and newspapers. ERB Pulp Magazine Covers in Color ~ The Eternal Lover ~ Tarzan of the Apes ~ The Return of Tarzan ~ The Son of Tarzan ~ Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar ~ Jungle Tales of Tarzan
Also Available at the main ERBville Press site:

The New Disney Tarzan II Website
Songs ~ Trailers ~ Games ~ News ~ Movie Clips ~ Gallery ~ Downloads ~ "Just for Moms" section ~ Reviews ~ Calendars
"A swingin' sequel, and fun for the whole clan!" ~ Bruce Kluger, Parenting Magazine
"Terrific...Tarzan as you've never seen him before!" ~ Adam Burnham - Suburban Journals, St. Louis
"Fun and adventure for the whole family." "The king of the jungle still rules." ~ Maria Salas - WTVJ-TV (NBC)
Reviews and Purchase Information at

Disney World Trivia: Tarzan Rocks!
The popular show located in Disney's Animal Kingdom's Theater in the Wild, will close in January 2006. The theater will go down for refurbishment and be fully enclosed and air conditioned. Elements from Tarzan Rocks! will be moved to Tokyo Disneyland for a similar show. Rumors of the replacement show have gone from a Jungle Book theme to a Finding Nemo show. Only time will tell. 
ERB Influence on Star Wars et al
From The Star Wars Origin site
. . . Alex Raymond, Francis Nowlan, Frank Paul and George Lucas were all influenced by the John Carter, Warlord of Mars series by Edgar Rice Burroughs (who would go on to write Tarzan). Burrough's very first novel was A Princess of Mars (1912), which was really the first swashbuckling, wish-fulfillment science fiction novel: The hero is magically transported to Mars, which is filled with beautiful, forever-youthful women who wear elaborate jewelry but no clothes. Men are valued solely on their combat ability, and the reader's alter-ego, being from the higher-gravity world of Earth, is many times stronger than Martians. This series routinely falls out of the public's memory, because the literati don't care for science fiction and the science fiction community takes great pains to distance ourselves from such "juvenile fantasies" in (futile) hopes of convincing the literati to take us seriously. It's a shame this book isn't better-known, because if you can look past the silliness (which is no worse than any James Bond movie), Princess is one of the most exciting, imaginative and well-crafted adventure stories of all time, in the same league as Star Wars. The heroine, Dejah Thoris, is a strong female role-model even by today's standards, let alone for 1912 - she doesn't fight much, but she faces danger and makes sacrifices. And despite the silly James Bond-like male fantasy environment he lives in, hero John Carter is a faithful husband and caring father.

Like many early science fiction adventure writers, Burroughs borrowed ideas from H.G. Wells, Westerns, H. Rider Haggard and the other usual sources, but he seems to have also broken convention by importing into fiction ideas from 19th century psychics, in particular Helena Blavatsky (1831-1891) and Edgar Cayce (1877-1945). Part of Burroughs' genius was in his ability to guess that ideas like telepathy, astral projection, four-armed giants and magical flying platforms would be just as appealing in adventure fiction as they were in visions of Lost Atlantis and Lost Lemuria. Much of L. Ron Hubbard's Scientology was created by very minor paraphrasing of these same authors, and the American New Age movement (including the idea of "auras", the Akashic Record and emphasis on the Devanagari symbol for "aum") traces its roots largely to Blavatsky's massive 1,565-page book The Secret Doctrine; the Synthesis of Science, Religion and Philosophy (1888). . . .

Discovery of Correspondence
With 'Tarzan' Author Edgar Rice Burroughs 
Leads to Duke Professor's New Book
       DURHAM, N.C., May 11 (AScribe Newswire) -- Matt Cohen was visiting his mother and grandmother in Nebraska when talk turned to his Ph.D. dissertation. He told them about his research on masculinity and bachelorhood in the 19th century. Gee, his mother and grandmother wondered, maybe you'd be interested in the Burroughs letters down in the Navy ammunition box in the basement. Indeed he was -- the collection in the old trunk turned out to be a 50-year correspondence between Cohen's great grandfather and "Tarzan" author Edgar Rice Burroughs. 

       "You can imagine how I felt," Cohen said. "It was this huge, fat collection. There were letters, drawings, postcards, telegrams, photographs and, at some point, there were films, though those are now gone."  Six years later, Cohen, now an assistant professor of English at Duke University, has compiled the rich collection into "Brother Men: The Correspondence of Edgar Rice Burroughs and Herbert T. Weston," published this month by Duke University Press. It is the first critical edition of any of Burroughs' letters. 

       Cohen's great-grandfather, Herbert T. Weston, and Edgar Rice Burroughs met at military school in Michigan in the 1890s and maintained a friendship that lasted until Burroughs' death in 1950. Their lives were very different: Burroughs was an internationally famous, world-traveling writer and businessman who wrote, in addition to "Tarzan of the Apes," more than 60 novels. He founded the town of Tarzana, Calif., and was involved in the movie and television productions of his work. Weston, on the other hand, returned to his hometown of Beatrice, Neb., after attending Yale University and serving in the military. He entered into enterprises owned by his family and his wife's family, including the local bank and corn mills, large amounts of farmland and a Wyoming coal field. 

       Despite these different circumstances, the two men remained close and, except for a five-year silence after Burroughs divorced his first wife, the correspondence continued throughout their lives. The letters create a picture of men's friendships, self-image and identity in the first half of the 20th century, Cohen said. He said he hopes the book adds to the body of scholarship on subjects from gender to popular culture to early 20th century boxing and wrestling. "What you see when you read these letters together is that business and family and friendship were all intertwined for these guys," Cohen said. "It shows a picture of male intimacy in the Teddy Roosevelt era." 

       Although Burroughs was one of the first internationally popular writers and has a devoted fan base, this is the first academic book of his letters to be published. "Back in the '20s, when Tarzan went global, there was no legal protection for that. You couldn't brand a character," Cohen said. Burroughs came up with a unique solution: He created ERB Inc., a corporation that would own and control the rights to all his work. The corporation -- which remains in Burroughs family hands today -- tightly controls use and access to Burroughs' materials. Although he didn't know any of this when he opened up the old box in his grandmother's basement, Cohen quickly learned the legalities of using Burroughs letters, and was able to work with ERB Inc. to publish the book. Some of the materials in it come from the ERB collection as well. 

       Danton Burroughs, Edgar Rice Burroughs' grandson, said he was interested to see a new side of the larger-than-life figure he had known as a child. "A lot of time and effort went into this book. I'm very impressed. It was quite enjoyable for me to see a different side of my grandfather through his best friend and through his letters," Burroughs said. "My grandfather led the life of a few individuals -- he had tremendous energy and drive. I'm in wonder as to how he was a family man, he traveled, he did the business, he wrote the books, he did the scripts, he wrote the movies -- he was all-encompassing." 

       "This is different side of him [in the letters.] He was so down to earth, such a good family man, he loved his kids and was proud of each and every one of his kids." Danton Burroughs remembers weekly visits to his grandfather's house, when family members would set up the movie projector and dip into the ERB archive. "Dad would select anything form the 1918 Tarzan right up to the Weissmuller classics. That left a hell of an impression on me. Those are cherished memories," he said. 

       But Cohen also found that delving into your own family history is a different kind of project than the typical academic book. "Writing about your own people is hard," he said. "There's a lot of detail about my family in here. In a lot of these letters my great-grandfather doesn't look so good." Some of the letters are racist, for example, and they also reflect the class attitudes of the day. "The things I say about Burroughs may not be music to the ears of fans," he said. 

       The collection also is rare because, in many cases, Weston kept copies of his letters to Burroughs, as well as the replies. This meant that Cohen had an unusually complete set of correspondence. Although Cohen had a vague memory of the family connections to the famous writer -- he remembers the set of Burroughs' signed works sitting in the den where he used to watch television -- he needed his family's help to put the letters together.  "I'd read 10 or 15 letters and call my grandma and say, 'Do you remember so-and-so who lived on such-and-such street?' That starts conversations with your grandmother you never thought you'd have," he said. 

       He might need to keep that line to grandma open -- Danton Burroughs said there's enough in the ERB archives for several more volumes. "I've found so many more letters," Burroughs said. "I hope that he's considering a sequel." 

 CONTACT: Sally Hicks, Duke University Office of News & Communications, 919-681-8055, Media Contact: Sally Hicks, 919-681-8055, NOTE TO EDITORS: To request a review copy of the book, please contact Laura Sell at Duke University Press at 919-687-3639 or

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A winged, six-legged and gorgeously coloured beast with theface of a hornet. It was the size of a Hereford bull and possessed a large deadly stinger. From The Warlord of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs ~ Third book -- written in 1913 -- of the John Carter/Barsoom series:

All Thumbs Up for Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith May 16, 2005
George Lucas comes full circle in more ways than one in "Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith," which is the sixth -- and allegedly but not necessarily the last -- of the "Star Wars" movies. After "Episode II" got so bogged down in politics that it played like the Republic covered by C-Span, "Episode III" is a return to the classic space opera style that launched the series. Because the story leads up to where the original "Star Wars" began, we get to use the immemorial movie phrase, "This is where we came in." . . .
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Revenge of the Sith brings Star Wars to dark end
Canadian Press ~ May 12, 2005
The Star Wars strong suits remain the franchise's action, its innovative special effects (including futuristic cityscapes and space dogfights that are simply jaw-dropping here) and Lucas's clever tapping into the richness of both human history and our pop-culture fables, tossing it all into a script blender and pressing "puree.''

Edgar Rice Burroughs' early-20th-century John Carter of Mars fantasy novels, for example, included familiar-sounding names like Jeddaks, Banths, Tarkas and Woola while the space protagonists might wear a ray gun on one hip, a sword on the other. Luke's own adventures invoke not only the pulp thrillers of the 1930s and '40s but the juvenile sci-fi novels of Robert A. Heinlein and Andre Norton in the 1950s.

"MY PARTIES FOR CHIMPS" ~ Michael Jackson ~ May 12, 2005
JACKSON held parties for celebrity animals at Neverland, the jury heard. He spoke of his love for animals and children in unscreened footage from the Martin Bashir documentary in 2003, which triggered the inquiry into his relationship with Gavin Arvizo.

Jackson said party guests included his own chimp Bubbles, Lassie, and Cheetah from the Tarzan series. He said his pet chimps did housework. "They help clean, they dust the toilets after they use the bathroom." Bubbles used his loo and ate at the same table. Jacko said: "He's polite."

Tarzan Likely As Next Disney Broadway Musical ~ May 12, 2005
Casting notices are out for Disney's Tarzan indicating the likelihood of a 2005-2006 Broadway bow.
The creative team includes Bob Crowley (Director and Designer), Meryl Tankard (Choreography) and Jeff Lee (Associate Director). Music and Lyrics are by Phil Collins who penned additional songs for the musical with David Henry Hwang's (Flower Drum Song) serving as the book writer. It should be noted that Collins won an Oscar in 1999 for his "You'll Be In My Heart." The screenplay for which the musical is based on was written by Tab Murphy, Bob Tzudiker and Noni White and inspired by the classic novel written by Edgar Rice Burroughs.

Last year the show was workshopped featuring a bevy of broadway notables including this year's Tony nominee for Best Featured Actor in a Musical, Matthew Morrison as the Adult Tarzan. Also in the workshop were Adam Pascal, Laura Bell Bundy, Will Chase, Christopher Fitzgerald, Anika Larsen, Joshua Koback, Cass Morgan, Doug Paxton Whitehead among others.Disney is currently represented on Broadway with the long running hits Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King.

Brookfield's motherly gorilla has another baby of her own 
Chicago Sun-Times ~ May 6, 2005 
Gorilla Binti Jua made worldwide news in 1996 when she gently picked up a 3-year-old who had fallen into her Brookfield Zoo exhibit. Some described it as an almost motherly kind of thing to do. 
These days, Binti Jua has her own baby to take care of -- a 5-pound male born around 7:30 p.m. Monday. . . .

Spielberg Joins ERB in Sci Fi Hall of Fame ~ May 9, 2005 
LOS ANGELES - Steven Spielberg, who will soon release the big-screen adaptation of H.G. Wells' "War of the Worlds," joined the famed author as an inductee into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame on Friday, May 6. The Seattle ceremony also inducted author Philip K. Dick, special effects animator Ray Harryhausen and artist Chesley Bonestell, reports the AP. Robert Picardo, known as the holographic doctor on "Star Trek: Voyager," hosted the event. "[Science fiction] really is the only genre that lets you use your imagination without limitations," said Spielberg in a pre-taped acceptance speech. 
Besides Wells, the 35 other previous inductees include Ursula K. Le Guin, Andre Norton, Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Sir Arthur C. Clarke, Robert A. Heinlein, Michael Moorcock, Mary Shelley and Jules Verne. 

Who knew '50s cheese could be so profound? 
by Jim Beckerman ~ North Jersey Media Group ~ May 8, 2005 
You've heard of stream-of-consciousness writing? Well Joseph Picca of Cliffside Park does stream-of-consciousness art. Take, for example, a familiar pop-culture image: Tarzan. That's the starting point of Picca's "Tarzan, Jane and Boy," a mixed-media collage that was chosen for the 14th national juried show at the Art Center of Northern New Jersey in New Milford by no less a judge than Jordan Kantor, associate curator for the Museum of Modern Art. "I was very delighted when this piece got picked for the show," Picca says. "It's pretty prestigious."

Around a glossy movie still of Johnny Weissmuller and his movie family giving their famous Tarzan yell, Picca assembled a cornucopia of images - postage stamps, postcards, cookie box illustrations - that subtly comment on the familiar Tarzan image. There are African ceremonial masks, fetish statues, rhinos, hippos and dense Henri Rousseau jungle underbrush that seem to surround the hapless lord of the jungle. By the time you take in the whole scene, you might almost think poor Tarzan was yelling for help.

"Tarzan, Jane and Boy," on display through May 30 at the Art Center of Northern New Jersey in New Milford, is not for sale - yet. "I'm still waiting for that very big show at some famous gallery where I can put a price tag of $2,000, $5,000, $10,000 on my work," he says.

Apple Features Darwinia and GooBall May 5, 2005
The Apple games web site has posted feature on two recently released Ambrosia Software games, Darwinia and GooBall. The article compares the two games and gives thoughts on the respective qualities of each game.
Here's a clip from the feature: Despite their outward differences, Ambrosia Software’s Darwinia and GooBall share the same well-known motif found in Robert A. Heinlein’s novel Stranger in a Strange Land and Edgar Rice Burroughs’ character Tarzan, among others: The outsider who finds himself in a culture alien to the way he was raised but who must come to understand it if he wants to thrive. Both games place you in that role.

Tarzana's El Caballero News:
The long and short of it (El Caballero)
by Dave Shelburne ~ LA Daily News ~ May 4, 2005
. . . Looking back at El Cab: Thanks to reader Dan Marrow, who wrote to say Robert Trent Jones Sr., credited here last week for designing Tarzana's 49-year-old El Caballero Country Club, was actually doing a mid-1960s redesign of a course originally designed by William H. Johnson. 
According to Marrow, El Cab's 18th hole (a 404-yard par-4) and 10th hole (a 143-yard par-3) were Nos. 10 and 18, respectively, in the original design -- both playing in opposite directions from the way they do now. 
"I know this for a fact," Marrow writes, "because my late father, a longtime member of the club, aced both the old 18th (he had a total of five aces at El Cab in four decades) and the new 10th. I feel fortunate to have witnessed Dad's last hole-in-one, which occurred at the 10th in the early '90s, when he was in his 70s." . . .

Sideshow by Kristin Friedrich 
Los Angeles Downtown News
. . . (Photographer Gary Leonard, new show at the Central Library),  has captured the Valley where he grew up, in black and white; also on display are photographer Cheryl Himmelstein's color images of Venice - hangouts, local stores, families at home, artists and the boardwalk. The exhibit is part of the L.A. Neighbor-hoods Project, which documents the city's communities through commissioned photography. "Apparently I was the only one interested in Encino," Leonard said.
His pictures include Catherine Mull-holland, granddaughter of William, on Mullholland Drive; Bernie Shapiro, founder of Tarzana's El Caballero Country Club (located on the estate of Edgar Rice Burroughs, who named the city for his vine-swinging hero), and the historic adobe home Rancho Los Encinos, just off Ventura Boulevard. "When most people drive down Ventura, they just see the mini malls. I see the history," Leonard said. "But I do love the mini mall."
L.A. Neighborhoods is up through Aug. 28 in the Central Library's First Floor Galleries, Mark Taper Auditorium, 630 W. Fifth St., (213) 228-7025 or

In the Heart of the Valley: El Caballero
Descriptions of all 18 holes.

Stray Dog Saves Abandoned Newborn Baby in Kenya
Carried Baby From Forest to Her Litter of Puppies
NAIROBI, Kenya (May 9) - A stray dog saved the life of a newborn baby after finding the abandoned infant in a forest and apparently carrying it across a busy road and through some barbed wire to her litter of puppies, witnesses said. The stray dog found the infant, clad in tattered clothing, in a poor neighborhood near the Ngong Forests in the capital of Nairobi, Stephen Thoya told the independent Daily Nation newspaper. The dog apparently found the baby Friday in the plastic bag in which the infant had been abandoned, said Aggrey Mwalimu, owner of the shed where the animal was guarding its puppies. The seven-pound, four-ounce infant was taken to the hospital for treatment on Saturday.

''She is doing well, responding to treatment, she is stable. ... She is on antibiotics,'' Kenyatta National Hospital spokeswoman Hanna Gakuo told The Associated Press from the hospital, where health workers called the infant Angel. Kenya's media often report the abandonment of newborns by mothers. Poverty and the inability to care for the child are seen as the root cause of the problem. Most people who abandon babies are never caught. The child had not yet been claimed. ''Abandoned babies are normally taken to the Kenyatta National Hospital because it is a public hospital,'' Gakuo said. ''People are now donating diapers and baby clothes for this one.''

April 26, 2005
New "Land That Time Forgot" movie project in the works

Pre-release reviewers "blown away" by the lush animation and entertainment value of 
Disney's Tarzan II DVD.

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