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Tax preparer scores with Tarzan ads
North Jersey Media Group ~ March 2, 2006
Thanks to Tarzan, Frankenstein and the Little Old Woman who lives in a shoe, Jackson Hewitt Tax Service Inc. is having a banner year. Sparked by an aggressive marketing campaign, including TV commercials featuring cultural icons, the Parsippany-based tax preparation company has seen its business soar in the past quarter. The customer count increased by 19 percent, revenues rose by 30 percent and earnings per share soared by 50 percent. . . . Tarzan lets out his familiar screech after hearing that his returns will be higher if a professional – not his pet ape – handles his return. . . . consumers can expect to hear and see a lot more from Jackson Hewitt -- as well as the Old Woman, Tarzan, Frankenstein's monster, and NASCAR racer Greg Biffle-- in the weeks ahead. More . . .

Connect 2 Canada Website
The US/Canada Connection:
On July 1, 2005, Ambassador Frank McKenna launched, a virtual network for Canadians and friends of Canada who live in the United States. Interesting facts such as:
Canada, not Saudi Arabia, is America's largest supplier of crude oil. 
Canada has put 15,000 troops through Afghanistan. 
None of the 9/11 terrorists came through Canada. 
Canada-US trade, at more than $1.5 billion US per day, supports over five million jobs in the United States. More . . .
The Ape Man Cometh ~ To Broadway
Journal News ~ February 26, 2006
When Tarzan learned the ropes for the 1999 Disney movie, principal animator Glen Keane had him glide across vine-covered limbs like Tony Hawk: Tarzan the Skate Man. But when he takes to the stage at the Richard Rodgers Theatre this spring, Tarzan will be more of a rock-climber, says Thomas Schumacher "Everybody wears a visible harness," Schumacher says. "There are visible ropes all over the stage, both for gorillas and for Tarzan — and you see them literally clip in and harness up. It's part of the language of the piece. There's no naturalism in this show, nothing is created to look like the natural world." 

Director Bob Crowley has come up with a set described as a green box lined with vines and rope-climbing apparatus. "We've created a universe on stage, a flexible environment in which the show is staged both on the ground and above the ground. . . . and the characters all sing,""  . . . Phil Collins has added eight new songs — and has fleshed out a Broadway score, his first.

There have been changes in the script, from screen to stage. The villain Clayton, "a middle-aged big, British blowhard" in the film, gets a bit of a makeover, Schumacher says. "In our version, he's an American and a potential love interest of Jane's." More . . . 

Monkeying around 
Beginning March 24, New York audiences can participate in something only people in Baltimore, Philadelphia and New Haven used to see: a genuine, honest-to-goodness, reduced-price, work-in-progress Broadway tryout. The fact that "Tarzan" will happen on stage at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on West 46th Street is both risky and necessary, says Thomas Schumacher.

It's risky because it puts his cast and creative team within easy reach of New York critics. But, says Schumacher, with the advent of Internet message boards, there's no such thing as out-of-town anymore. The in-town tryout is necessary because director Bob Crowley's staging involves actors dangling from rope-climbing equipment.

"The scenic rig, which is being invented as we rehearse, was so overwhelming," he says. "Because you have to rehearse on it. So the idea of rehearsing, then moving it, then moving it again back into a theater in New York. ... I was afraid that moving would cut into the time for the actors and for Bob's staging. So they'll monkey around with "Tarzan" in public.

"When you come in the early weeks," Schumacher says, "you'll see a show that's in process, which is why the pricing reflects that. If you're really curious about what we're doing, you'll come see it," he says. 

Vine day in Costa Rica
Zipping through the trees with the greatest of ease
Charlotte Observer
LA FORTUNA, Costa Rica - Here's what they don't tell you about those Tarzan movies: Holding onto a vine while swinging from tree to tree is really hard. A better alternative -- and booming vacation activity -- is a zipline tour, in which people glide along cables stretched between platforms perched high in forests. In Costa Rica, this adventure pursuit has become especially popular over the past decade. . . .  More . . .
Lost Civilization Found
Associated Press ~ February 28, 2006
NARRAGANSETT, R.I. -- Scientists have found what they believe are traces of the lost Indonesian civilization of Tambora, which was wiped out in 1815 by the biggest volcanic eruption in recorded history. Mount Tambora's cataclysmic eruption on April 10, 1815, buried the inhabitants of Sumbawa Island under searing ash, gas and rock and is blamed for an estimated 88,000 deaths. The eruption was at least four times more powerful than Mount Krakatoa's in 1883. 

Guided by ground-penetrating radar, U.S. and Indonesian researchers recently dug in a gully where locals had found ceramics and bones. They unearthed the remains of a thatch house, pottery, bronze and the carbonized bones of two people, all in a layer of sediment dating to the eruption. University of Rhode Island volcanologist Haraldur Sigurdsson, the leader of the expedition, estimated that 10,000 people lived in the town when the volcano erupted in a blast that dwarfed the one that buried the Roman town of Pompeii. . . .

Submitted by R.E. Prindle
John Guidry Photos That Survived Katrina

U.S. Stamps to Commemorate DC Superheroes:
. . . but where is Tarzan . . .!!!  : (

Jeff "Elmo" Long's Podcast No. 2 Released
Dateline Jasoom from the Barsoomian Blade bureau in Chicago
February 26 edition is now available via Podcast or through:

Tarzan vs vampires and "Man in Black" on Broadway
Reuters ~ Feb 24, 2006 
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Tarzan, the songs of Johnny Cash and a stage version of the movie "The Wedding Singer" are the highlights of the coming Broadway musical season, mostly made up of slick repackaging of books, music and movies.
Broadway 2006The gorilla of the bunch is Disney's "Tarzan," adapted from the 1999 film with music by Phil Collins. Disney hopes to ape the success of "The Lion King," the 1998 Tony award winner. The show, which opens May 10, has been kept under wraps and much will depend its star, Josh Strickland, a graduate of Fox's "American Idol." Producers promise a technical spectacular, with lots of swinging from vines. "As long as Tarzan gets to sing as well as swing, it sounds like fun," Saltzman said. "Tarzan" seems certain to beat the other giant of the season -- "Lestat," based on Anne Rice's best-selling "The Vampire Chronicles" with music by Elton John ~ More . . .
Broadway Set for Record Year in 2006 ~ February 20, 2006
Just like in 2005 when it sold $825 million in tickets, experts project that the Broadway theatre is going to set attendance and ticket sales records in 2006. The thrill of attending any Broadway show can not be overstated. . . .
Tarzan, another popular movie, is set to open on Broadway during the month of March.  It is the story of a boy raised in the wild by animals; it was first a novel written by Englishman (sic) Edgar Rice Burroughs.  The popularity of Tarzan in literary or film form. More . . .
Launching Legos
Mars Project with Tarzana school encourages science, math learning
News Sentinel - Fort Wayne ~ February 24, 2006
Franke Park Elementary School students are building robotic rovers out of Legos that will land this spring on a Mars-like surface built by students in Tarzana, Calif. With the help of their parents and staff, 18 second- through fifth-graders started meeting after school this month to build smaller replicas of the rovers NASA uses to explore planets such as Mars. More . . .
Frankenstein of the Skies
New Tarzana Aircraft Blends Elements of Helicopter, Airplane and Blimp, 
and Looks Like Cruise Ship
ABC News ~ February 21, 2006
Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's ... an Aeroscraft? 
A Tarzana, Calif., company has been working on a new kind of aircraft that looks more like a flying cruise liner than anything inhabiting the skies today.  "It's not a blimp, it's not an airship, it's a totally new vehicle," said Edward Pevzner, business development manager for Worldwide Aeros Corp. 
"Today we have three types of vehicles -- air vehicles, which are airplanes, helicopters and airships [blimps]. So this Aeroscraft, as we're going to call it, is going to be the fourth type. And it is going to combine technologies of all three other vehicles." Roughly the size of two football fields, the Aeroscraft can be used as a military transport for troops, artillery and equipment; as a cargo transport service in the spirit of Federal Express or UPS; as a commuter transport service; and as a luxury travel option. More . . .
Spitting Image back in spotlight 
BBC News ~ February 20, 2006
A documentary celebrating Spitting Image, the satirical puppet programme which ended in 1996, is to be shown on ITV1 later this year. Best Ever Spitting Image will look back at the show's most memorable puppets and sketches, which lampooned the famous using latex puppets. . . . Lord Heseltine said in 2000 he owed a debt of honour to the show that portrayed him as a crazed puppet of Tarzan swinging on vines. "In a sense Spitting Image made me," the former Conservative cabinet minister said.  More. . .

New This Weekend
Another Podcast from Jeff Long's new Panthan Press site:
Jungle Boogie
Winnipeg skater flies high as Jane in Disney show
Winnipeg Sun  ~ February 2006
The talented and flamboyant performers of Disney on Ice wowed thousands of Winnipeggers last night at the MTS Centre. Parents and children alike thrilled to the Winnipeg debut of 3 Jungle Adventure, a tribute to The Jungle Book, The Lion King and Tarzan. Along with elaborate costumes and classic Disney storytelling, fans enjoyed the tremendous athleticism of the performers, which included former Winnipegger Robin Johnstone. ... It's incorporated into the 25-minute Tarzan and Jane segment, based on the animated version of Edgar Rice Burroughs' classic story of a boy raised by apes. ... More . . .
CNN Technology Space News ~ February 23, 2006
Behavioral surveys of the roughly 370 gorillas in U.S. zoos showed 48 variations in how individual groups of the apes make signals, use tools and seek comfort, said Tara Stoinski of Zoo Atlanta and the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International. More. . .
Fla. Museum presents 'Tarzan' at Science Movie Night Feb. 16
 University of Floraida News ~ February 16, 2006
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Explore the mysteries of the jungle with University of Florida forest ecologist Jack Putz as he discuses jungle representations in “Tarzan of the Apes,” starting at 7 p.m. Feb. 16. Following the discussion, Florida Museum visitors are invited to view the 1918 silent film featuring Elmo Lincoln and Enid Markey. . . . More. . .

The Rapture of The Deep
Peter Benchley Tribute
The Royal Gazette - Bermuda ~ February 19, 2006
He believed he owed the island a debt he could never fully repay. For once Tucker helped him to transform his idle fancies into realities, helped him go from a frustrated man of letters to a man of action, Benchley did live his life according to Thoreau's maxim – deliberately, passionately, learning everything that he could from what its essential facts had to teach. When he died last Sunday, no one could say this man had not lived. . . .
. . . Incorporating great thematic dollops of Lord of the Flies and Deliverance as well as appropriating the lost race motif that was a staple of Edgar Rice Burroughs' pulp fiction, The Island is an exercise in surf, sand and sado-masochism. . . . More . . .
Golf pro keeps on smiling
Palm Beach Post ~ February 22, 2006
TEQUESTA — It's 9 a.m. on a Monday, but the practice tee at Riverbend Country Club already is full to overflowing, with two dozen senior golfers striking yellow range balls into the morning mist. Golf pro Jerry DeRosa is walking up and down the line, offering a tip here, a word of encouragement there."Nothing wrong with that one," he says to one of the women after a good shot. "Right down the middle. I want you to repeat that 100 times." Similar scenes probably are being repeated all over the country, but something sets this one apart. Jerry DeRosa is 92 years old. . . .. . . DeRosa says. "In those days, 50 cents was a lot. When I got home I would give the 50 cents to my mother. My mother would give me a nickel. I'd go to the candy store and get jelly beans, go to the library and get a Tarzan book, come back to the attic and read my Tarzan book.
"What a life I had." More . . .

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Dr. Phil Currie is a longtime Burroughs fan and publisher of classic Burroughs fanzines such as ERBivore. He is the subject of a Burroughs Biblio-Pro-Phile currently in the works at ERBzine and is often featured in the media in news releases such this recent story and radio profile:
T. Rex Ancestor Offers New Insight
Shows how predator eventually evolved into king of the dinosaurs
Canadian Press by Judy Monchuk ~ February 9, 2006
Calgary - Foremost dinosaur expert, Phil Currie, says the discovery of a "hidden dragon" ancestor to the mighty tyrannosaurus rex sheds new light on the history of prehistoric creatures. The new species found in the badlands of northwestern China lived around 160 million years ago in the Jurassic period -- making it more than twice as old as T. rex.

Most Jurassic fossils have been found in the Americas and this discovery helps solve the mystery of how the tyrannosaurs came to dominate the predatory landscape, said Phil Currie, one of the world's leading paleontologists and an expert on meat-eating dinosaurs. "We wondered for a long time where are they coming from," said Currie, who spent two years excavating fossils in the Gobi Desert in the 1980s near where the latest finds were discovered.  "They sort of come out of left field in a sense and just take over roughly 100 million years ago," said Currie, Canada Research Chair in Dinosaur Paleobiology at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. "Now we can see they were already in Asia towards the end of the Jurassic period and that's obviously the spawning ground for these animals." 

The findings, gleaned from the skeletons of two dinosaurs discovered in a 2002 expedition, are outlined in today's edition of the journal Nature.  The beast has been named Guanlong wucaii, which means "crowned dragon from the five colours." The name refers to a huge nasal crest in the centre of the creature's head and the many colours of rocks found in the region of China where the skeletons were found. That narrow, largely hollow head ornament was the biggest surprise to researchers who found the dinosaur. While other dinosaurs have had similar features, this one was unusually large and elaborate for a two-legged meat eater. . . . Nobody knows its purpose but it was probably some kind of display to other members of its own species. . . . The two-legged meat-eater was far smaller than T. rex, measuring just three metres from its snout to the tip of its tail. It had relatively long, three-fingered arms, rather than the two-fingered stubby arms that most people associate wit the most fearsome of predators. More at:
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Return to the Lost World of the Warlord
Comic Book Bin ~ Philip Schweier ~ February 13, 2006
We caught up with original Warlord creator Mike Grell for his thoughts on DC’s iminent relaunch [of The Warlord].
COMIC BOOK BIN: The Warlord draws heavily on the influence of Edgar Rice Burroughs and Robert E. Howard. What other ingredients went into the creation of the Warlord mythos?
MIKE GRELL: . . . If anything, more Verne than Burroughs. Aside from them, I also drew on other source material – “The Hollow Earth,” “The Smokey God,” and others. . . . 
. . . 
CBB: I understand a portion of the original run of The Warlord was ghost-written by your wife at the time. Certainly writing and drawing a monthly title can be a challenge, but how did this particular arrangement evolve?
 MG: I was otherwise occupied with the Tarzan comic strip, Starslayer and creating Jon Sable. More. . . 
The resurrection of Cathay 
Movie exhibitor with proud history in region is making its presence felt again, pens AMIR HAFIZI.
Malay Mail ~ February 9, 2006
My father used to love movies. In the 60s, he would go to the cinema in Kuantan and pay 40 sen for a ‘number two’ class ticket. The most expensive ticket was RM1.40 for a ‘reserved’ seat, situated in balcony above the ‘number one’ class. There were Westerns, private detective noir movies and a healthy dose of Tarzan flicks.
“Every time Tarzan was in trouble, he would call for his elephant,” he said. “As the animal ran to his rescue, people in the cinema would all stand, clap and shout, ‘Steady, Tarzan! Steady Tarzan! Steady Gajah! Steady Gajah!”

He also watched Ben-Hur, The Ten Commandments, Cleopatra et cetera. More often than not, he would be sitting in one of Cathay’s cinemas – one of the most recognisable names in Malaysia. Cathay was a brand phenomenon once as big as Maggi, Milo or Nescafé in both Malaysia and Singapore. More . . .

Paramount News: Rough transition to film for TV veteran Berman
Hollywood Reporter ~ February 10, 2006
. . . Ever since Paramount Pictures president Gail Berman, the former Fox Broadcasting entertainment president, arrived on the Melrose Avenue studio lot, gossips have been predicting an end to her tenure even though it has barely begun. . . . Berman and her team had been methodically building a slate of pictures, which takes a long time. When Paramount producers James Jacks and Sean Daniel made a presentation to Berman on Edgar Rice Burroughs' "Princess of Mars," which "Elf" director Jon Favreau is developing, Berman told the producers that she also was interested in one of their other projects, "Ripley's Believe It or Not." She then was able to persuade Tim Burton that the project was right for him, and hopes to make the movie with Jim Carrey. . . . More . . .
Six-gun gorilla: Pulp at its best 
Herald Democrat ~ February 5, 2006
Forget the glory that was Greece and the grandeur that was Rome. (Or is it the other way around?) The golden age of heroes (and heroines) was the 1930s, and the place was the newsstands of America. The Golden Age of Heroes was also the Golden Age of Pulps. . . .
Through the medium of the pulps, some of the most legendary names in fiction first came to the public’s attention — Tarzan of the Apes, John Carter of Mars, both by Edgar Rice Burroughs; Sam Spade and the Continental Op by Dashiell Hammett; Raymond Chandler’s Philip Marlowe; and The Shadow, Zorro, Conan and Doc Savage. But there were more, so many more. More . . .
Infertility link in Eternal Lover's  DNA ~ 
BBC News ~ February 3, 2006
Oetzi, the prehistoric man frozen in a glacier for 5,300 years, could have been infertile, a new study suggests. Genetic research, published in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology, also confirms that his roots probably lie in Central Europe.
Oetzi's body was found in the melting ice of the Schnalstal glacier in the Italian Alps in 1991. Examination of his remains has already revealed the Copper Age man almost certainly died as a result of a fight. The assessment is based on the presence of an arrowhead that is lodged in his back and extensive cuts to his hands. The scientists behind the latest genetic research now speculate that Oetzi's possible sterility could have been a factor that led to this violent end. More. .
Star Trek fan files for bankruptcy
Sydney Morning Herald ~ February 9, 2006
A Star Trek fan has filed for bankruptcy after spending almost $71,000 converting his home into the Starship Voyager. Tony Alleyne, 52, wanted to convert his studio flat in Hinckley, Leicestershire, into an exact replica of the TV spacecraft, The Sun newspaper in London reports. The home has moulded walls, touch-panel blue lighting, a life-size model of the shows transporter room and a command console. The former DJ also reshaped his windows to look like portholes and set up vertical lights so he can pretend to be beamed up, just like the shows characters Captain James T Kirk and Spock. The Sun reports he has now filed for bankruptcy, citing debts of $392,000, and may have to sell his Starship.

Science team finds 'lost world' 
BBC News ~ February 7, 2006
An international team of scientists says it has found a "lost world" in the Indonesian jungle that is home to dozens of new animal and plant species. "It's as close to the Garden of Eden as you're going to find on Earth," said Bruce Beehler, co-leader of the group. The team recorded new butterflies, frogs, and a series of remarkable plants that included five new palms and a giant rhododendron flower. The survey also found a honeyeater bird that was previously unknown to science. More . . .
TheSeen Art & Museum Events
Washington Post ~ Wednesday February 8, 2006
The Library of Congress presents a noon lecture on Tarzan comics in its "American Treasures" exhibition (202-707-4604).
New 'planet' bigger than Pluto

Findings bolster support for 10th planet
CNN ~ February 1, 2006
(CNN) -- German astrophysicists have concluded a space body located in the outer reaches of the solar system has a diameter 435 miles (700 kilometers) larger than Pluto, the smallest planet. Their research puts more pressure on the International Astronomical Union (IAU) to classify the object as the 10th planet in our solar system. "UB313 is decidedly larger than Pluto," said University of Bonn Professor Frank Bertoldi, whose team's findings will be published in Thursday's journal Nature. The object, tentatively named 2003 UB313, is an icy body that lies beyond the planet Neptune. More . . .

The Smell of Moondust
NASA: Apollo Chronicles
January 30, 2006: Moondust. "I wish I could send you some," says Apollo 17 astronaut Gene Cernan. Just a thimbleful scooped fresh off the lunar surface. "It's amazing stuff." Feel it—it's soft like snow, yet strangely abrasive. Taste it—"not half bad," according to Apollo 16 astronaut John Young. Sniff it—"it smells like spent gunpowder," says Cernan. How do you sniff moondust? Every Apollo astronaut did it. They couldn't touch their noses to the lunar surface. But, after every moonwalk (or "EVA"), they would tramp the stuff back inside the lander. More . . .

Art of Darkness
Chronogram ~ February 2006
Mary Gaitskill has lived a lot of lives. . . . Gaitskill doesn't volunteer much about her childhood, but notes that the effusive dedication to her parents in Two Girls, Fat and Thin was "my crude attempt to let people know this was not about my parents." It wasn't entirely effective. "Some idiot reporter called my dad in Kentucky and asked how he felt about his daughter publishing a novel about father-daughter rape and incest." She imitates her father's bellowed response, "Do you think Edgar Rice Burroughs was raised by apes?" with affection. More . . .

The most exciting sci-Fi novel of 1945
Emmett author looks back to the future with retro story
Boise Weekly ~ February 1, 2006
The Star Sailors, a heartily retro novel from Gary Bennett, retired physicist and Emmett resident. Written in a style that all but screams John W. Campbell, Bennett's updated novel, originally published in 1980, is a paean to science fiction's Golden Age, when paperback shelves and magazine racks were ruled by giants like Asimov, Heinlein and Clarke. . . . The back cover blurb alone refers to Homer, Greek mythology and Zoroastrianism; when combined with the chapter-heading quotes (ranging from Edgar Rice Burroughs to Ezra Pound), even the most agile reader may be overwhelmed. More. . .

CNW Group
HAMILTON, ON, Feb. 1 /CNW/ - This March Break in Hamilton, Disney On Iceis bringing together memorable jungle characters from three of Disney's mostpopular animated hits - Disney's The Jungle Book, Tarzan(TM) and The LionKing. . . . This high-energy, gravity-defying ice spectacular captivates adventurersof all ages. The show features Academy Award(R)-winning music and a JungleBook score set to a hip new swing beat. Experience the amusing adventures ofMowgli, Baloo and Colonel Hathi's hilarious marching pachyderms in The JungleBook; the comical antics of Tarzan, Terk and Jane as they explore and learnabout their two worlds; and the hair-raising, heart-lifting escapades ofSimba, Timon and Pumbaa from The Lion King. . . . High-resolution digital art is available online at To access the site, the User Name is feldmedia.The Password is photos. The production name is 3 Jungle Adventures: 2005-2006.

How was your day, Bolgani?
Don Martin's National Gorilla Suit Day on January 31
National Gorilla Suit Day, which mysteriously falls on January 31 of each year, is perhaps the important holiday of the year.  Every National Gorilla Suit Day, people of all shapes and colors around the world get their gorilla suits out of the closet, put them on and go door-to-door. That's really all there is to it.  You don't have to buy gifts.  You don't have to fast, although some Orthodox Gorilla Suiters do.  If you want to have a parade, fine.  Just make sure all the marchers are wearing gorilla suits and that all the balloons are giant, inflatable gorillas. National Gorilla Suit Day was invented by "Mad's Maddest Artist" (i.e., the weirdest of all the cartoonists in Mad Magazine), Don Martin...and maybe also by E. Solomon Rosenblum, a writer who collaborated with him on the 1964 paperback book, Don Martin Bounces Back!  The book was reissued several times and was among the best-selling of the Mad paperback series. 

Paint the Town Blues
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia ~  February 1, 2006
Within the confines of a city that gave us Ernest Hemingway, Tarzan creator Edgar Rice Burroughs and his screen portrayer Johnny Weissmuller, Walt Disney, Playboy, Benny Goodman, Herbie Hancock, Bad, Bad Leroy Brown and the Smashing Pumpkins, you can learn to sing a cappella, read scripts, master baroque, appraise art, cultivate palms and gaze upon the solar system. More. . .

'I've always had a sense of the unworthiness of myself' 
The Observer-Guardian UK ~ January 29, 2006
Born into Hollywood royalty, Mia Farrow was struck by polio as a child. She shone in several classic film roles but suffered a string of personal tragedies and failed marriages off screen. Now back at work at 61, as the last of her 14 children grows up, she considers herself 'very fortunate'. . . . Her mother, the Irish actress Maureen O'Sullivan, became famous as Jane in the first six Tarzan films (she is also the heroine of one of my favourite horror movies, Tod Browning's The Devil-Doll). Farrow's father was the writer and film director John Farrow. The night her parents met, O'Sullivan was on a date with Oscar Levant, and Farrow was escorting Dolores del Rio. . . .  She pulls out a DVD of Fanny and Alexander, goes misty-eyed over Gone With The Wind and Rashomon, and briefly interrupts Ronan's enthusiasm for Bunuel's Exterminating Angel by pointing to an improbably beautiful woman in a skimpy green loincloth on the cover of a boxed set of Tarzan movies. 'That's Grandma!' she says, as she casually flings the films across the table towards him. More . . .
Famed Decatur author celebrated in event here 
Decatur Daily Democrat, Indiana ~ January 31, 2006
Frederick Shroyer, deceased more than 22 years, came back Monday evening in spirit, via video, and in personal recollections. . . .Christophiades said her father was a friend to many writers in California, such as famed science fiction stylist Ray Bradbury, “Star Trek” creator Gene Roddenberry, Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, and Edgar Rice Burroughs (who created Tarzan and other characters). More. . .
The Palestinian Culture of Death
Israpundit by Bill Levinson
. . . .The Palestine Solidarity Movement, however, has nothing to say about a culture that one would think exists only in science fiction and fantasy worlds. We have Sheckley's dystopia in which people seek violent death as a path to the god Thangookari, and then there was Logan's Run in which everyone was killed on their thirtieth birthdays. Edgar Rice Burroughs created a society whose members advanced in station by committing murder; successful killers earned yellow robes, then red ones, and finally blue ones. And now we have Palestinians. More . . .

From the Chicago bureau of The Barsoomian Blade, "Dateline Jasoom" is a podcast for fans of Edgar Rice Burroughs, pulp adventure, and science fiction.

Each 15-minute show is a production of Panthan Press, delivered to you every two weeks packed with news and commentary about ERB's books and the projects they spawn. There's also a good dose of basic lunacy. Elmo is your host, with guests and a few surprises.

If you love Tarzan, John Carter, David Innes and their haunts across Opar, Barsoom, Pellucidar, and all the other worlds of Edgar Rice Burroughs, get out your MP3 player of choice (including your computer) and see what this podcasting business is all about.

We prefer that you subscribe (it's free) to the podcast feed, using a program such as iTunes to get the show delivered to you. Having said that, we're still working out some technical kinks that will allow us to get listed in the iTunes Music Store and on other podcast sites. But once we do, it'll be easier that way for us to track how many people are listening and whether the show is worth continuing.

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Edgar Rice Burroughs' Influence on the Wilderness Series
Excerpts from ~ By Duane Spurlock ~ January 28, 2006
"In 'The Wilderness Series Launch,' a brief review of the first six novels in the Wilderness series by David Thompson (aka David Robbins) elsewhere on The Pulp Rack, I mentioned that I think Robbins learned a few tricks from Edgar Rice Burroughs on how to end a chapter with a cliffhanger. This time around, let's take a look at some other points Robbins picked up from Burroughs. . . . Burroughs' books sometimes offered scathing social comment disguised as adventure fiction. . . . Burroughs pokes at political systems, religious hierarchies, and similar cultural and social infrastructures. . . . Burroughs had his character(s) continually encounter new societies (usually in the form of a lost race or city for each volume) whose unfamiliarity to his hero creates new dilemmas. . . . Burroughs' heroes sometimes must battle monsters. . . . In the first dozen Wilderness novels, Robbins does a good job of keeping things new and interesting for his characters and his readers. Clearly he's learned his writer's lessons well. More . . .
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Owners still 'numb' from Galesburg fire
Family lost items worth $500,000 to $750,000
Peoria Journal Star ~ January 26, 2006
GALESBURG - The owners of the former O.T. Johnson and Gross Galesburg buildings are still in shock over the fire that destroyed the buildings Monday. . . . Her husband lost his extensive collection of science fiction and fantasy books and other first editions, including the Hardy Boys and Tarzan series. All of his family's genealogy information and his coin collection also were stored in the building. Her son had a collection of Star Wars memorabilia that filled an entire room on the second floor. Their children had items stored they did not have room for in their homes. She also had started a personal collection of O.T. Johnson items.

The Africans — true or false? Kenya ~ January 27, 2006
An award-winning movie set in Kenya kicks off a storm amidst accusations of stereotypical presentation of Africans and their continent in a permanent state of poverty, conflict and corruption. Film critic JOHN KARIUKI takes a shot at a subject that should have run to seed ages ago. . . .  The Constant Gardener, shot in the Kibera slum in Nairobi in 2004, making it one of the major award contenders this year. What Kenya has to show for it is another story altogether. . . .  As a genre, Tarzan movies were probably there to portray African characters the way whites saw them: living in the jungle and happy in the company of primates. What is shocking is that the movie industry has refused to move away from this typecast, even when that it has become increasingly unidentifiable in every day life. . . .

Tarzan show ends at Animal Kingdom
Tarzan rocks no more at Disney's Animal Kingdom.
Orlando Sentinel ~ Scott Powers ~ January 24, 2006
On Saturday Walt Disney World brought down the curtain on the live Tarzan Rocks! show that has run since 1999, the park's second year. Disney officials said they closed the show to renovate and enclose the 1,450-seat Theater in the Wild to better shield against Central Florida weather. However, the show is not returning. Disney plans to reopen the theater with a new, yet to be announced, show after the renovations are done late this year.

Most of the 87 cast and crew members who put on the four-act Tarzan show have been reassigned to other shows at Disney, though just more than 30 have not, said Disney spokeswoman Lissette Campos. She said many of those who were not reassigned probably left after seeking theater work elsewhere, since they have known since last summer that the show was closing.

Word of its closure has fueled debate among Disney fans. Widely varying views have appeared on fan Internet discussion sites such as, ranging from one fan who called it "one of the worst Disney shows I have ever seen" to one who praised the acrobatic work, in-line skaters and live band and called the show "wonderful."

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PETA says Coliseum must end circuses
The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette ~ By Dan Stockman ~ January 24, 2006
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is asking Memorial Coliseum to make this year’s Shrine Circus its last at the arena. The animal-rights group cited the accident after last year’s circus when an elephant handler was trampled by two Asian elephants he was loading into a trailer. The death was ruled accidental and the coroner said the elephants did not mean to hurt Pierre A. Spenle, who worked for the Tarzan Zerbini International Three Ring Circus.

PETA has cited the Fort Wayne trampling in its protests of circuses across the country; the group contends circus animals “are trained through pain and fear.” “Wherever there’s a circus with animals, you’ll find bullhooks, whips, electric prods, and other implements of torture,” PETA’s Lisa Wathne said in a written statement. “It’s usually just a matter of time before these frustrated and deprived animals lash out. The Shrine needs to get out of the circus business.”

Steve Johnson, executive director of the Shrine circus in Fort Wayne, said Mizpah Shrine officials are certain that Tarzan Zerbini has all the appropriate safety measures in place and treats its animals humanely. This year’s Shrine Circus begins Thursday.

ERB in. . . Hawai'i's alternative past, catastrophic future 
Book Review: BLACK OCEAN by Rick Blaine ~ Pacific Monograph, paper, $19.41 
Honolulu Advertiser ~ by Wanda Adams ~ March 13, 2005
The book is peopled by a mix of real and fictional characters — notably, the one-time publisher of this newspaper, Lorrin Thurston, who is murdered in a particularly gruesome manner in Chapter One, and the late Hawai'i governor John A. Burns, cast as a collaborationist captain in the Kempeitai (but has he really sold Hawai'i out?). 

Slack-key artist Gabby Pahinui has a role, as does writer Edgar Rice Burroughs, famous for inventing "Tarzan" but also at one time a Star-Bulletin columnist and war correspondent. . . .

At the center of the action are a courageous Filipina reporter and a hapless nisei policeman struggling to find out the truth and save their beloved Islands, and there's a plot line involving Nazis and the "final solution" that you have to read to believe. The book is a good, engrossing read. 

The writing is of the just-better-than-beach-book quality, but the plotting and construction of the book's outline show considerable creativity in a swashbuckling style worthy of a book in which Edgar Rice Burroughs appears.

Welcome to Tarzan's Big Top
Fort Wayne News-Sentinel ~ January 21, 2006
. . . Circus producer Tarzan Zerbini has been involved with the local Shrine Circus event for 40 years, first as a performer and now as producer of the circus that carries his name, Johnson said. As is tradition, the Tarzan Zerbini Circus is a family affair. Tarzan Zerbini plans and presents the performances, Johnson said. “Each year, he has a theme, and this year it is acrobatics, agility and strength moves,” he said. Zerbini’s daughter Patricia stars in the elephant act, assisted by her son, Tony. Zerbini’s son, Chris, coordinates lighting for the shows. Another daughter, Erika, leads the herd in one of the horse acts. . . .
Comic Book Resources News ~ January 19, 2006
Are there any particular "sources" you're looking to for inspiration in this series? For example, did you need to reference "Conan," "Lord of the Rings," "John Carter of Mars," or the previous "Warlord" series to get the tone you were seeking? 
That was never an issue. I spent an entire childhood reading everything you just mentioned and a whole lot more, so my system was filled to brimming with plenty of verisimilitude and downright swipe ideas if I chose to use them. But I'm trying very hard to make this at once a genre-recognizable book and also something very fresh the reader-off-the-street can dive right into and be comfortable with without frowning at the references. Having it begin in a contemporary setting goes a long way toward aiding that. More . . .
 "Golf is the only thing tougher than Hollywood," says "Everybody Loves Raymond" co-star Brad Garrett, who belongs to El Caballero Country Club in Tarzana.
Tribute To Hollywood ~ Golf Digest ~ January 20, 2006
Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams Review ~ January 18, 2006
Writer/director Robert Rodriguez (Sin City; Desperado) upped the ante for this sequel to his family adventure surprise hit. . . . Ever the maverick, Rodriguez resigned from the Director's Guild of America so he could co-direct the film with Sin City's writer/artist Frank Miller (the DGA will only allow one director credited on any one picture).

But the move has threatened Rodriguez's next film, a Paramount-backed, $100 million adaptation of Robert E. Howard (Conan)'s (sic) space epic A Princess of Mars, the first in the John Carter, Warlord of Mars series. Paramount, as a DGA signatory, is only permitted to hire DGA members to direct its films, and was forced to move on to other directors, after failing to convince Rodriguez to re-join the DGA. Plays by his own rules, that guy. More . . .

Small Tarzana Company Aims to Soar Above Lockheed to Win Blimp Contract
The firm is confident the Pentagon will pick its design for a craft to move troops and cargo.
LA Times ~ by Peter Pae ~ January 17, 2006
It's the blimp industry's version of David and Goliath. An obscure Tarzana firm run by Russian emigres is locked in competition with Lockheed Martin Corp., the world's largest defense contractor, to win a Pentagon contract to build 900-foot- long, blimp-like aircraft to move cargo and troops into combat zones. More . . .
‘Remains Silent’ an entertaining read but ending disappoints
Lincoln (Nebraska) Journal Star ~ by Francis Moul ~  January 15, 2006
Once upon a time in a Tarzan book, Edgar Rice Burroughs was faced with having to make up an ending on a single page. There we were, dear readers, in an exciting moment when danger faced some main characters and help was many miles away. But we looked ahead in the book and there was only that single page left. What would happen?

Well, suddenly a secret hole opened up and a long tunnel was found, leading the threatened folks unerringly to safety. End of book. That sort of abrupt, inconclusive climax is a problem with the book under review here, as the authors end an entertaining, even informative, novel with … ugh.
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Rise of the American Legends
Utah Statesman Online ~ By Mack Perry ~ January 13, 2006
Debuting in "Action Comics #1" in June of 1938, Superman was the brainchild of Toronto-born newspaper boy Joe Shuster and pulp fiction enthusiast Jerry Siegel. The two met in high school and together they periodically published "Science Fiction," a fanzine that featured the first incarnation of the Man of Steel in a story known as "The Reign of the Superman." 

While the Superman that appeared in this story was more or less a villain imbued with powers thanks to a mad scientist that bore striking similarities to Superman's eventual arch-nemesis, Lex Luthor, Siegel and Shuster realized that a pulp character with superhuman abilities may find greater success as a hero. Inspired by Philip Wylie's "Gladiator" novel, Edgar Rice Burroughs' "Tarzan," and Fleischer Studio's "Popeye" character, "the Superman" evolved to eventually become a messianic beacon of hope from the planet Krypton; employing the use of super-strength, speed, and, later, the power of flight to battle criminals in the art deco cityscape of Metropolis.

Tarzan Flies in France
For a few months in the summer, visitors to Arbre et Aventure park in France can experience what it feels like to be Tarzan as they are suspended high up in a forest and given the opportunity to view the forest from a completely different perspective. Beginning with the obligatory safety talks and disclaimers, tourists can spend a day swinging from tree to tree at leisure (hopefully with the safety talk firmly ensconced in their minds), run across rope bridges suspended ten metres above the ground and reach heights of 15 metres using the ropes. A popular forest in the Picardie region of France, the Cote Picardie is a short drive away from Paris and Calais. Most tourists to the region come to visit the Somme battlefield or the imposing and impressive gothic architecture of the cathedrals in Laon and Amiens.
Elephant tail reveals diet clues
BBC News ~ January 2006
Chemical analysis of elephant hair can provide clues about the animal's diet and behaviour, say scientists.
Researchers studied wild elephants in Kenya's Samburu National Reserve by tracking the animals with GPS devices and analysing their tail hair. One elephant had turned to eating crops, a major source of conflict between humans and elephants. . . . Conflict between humans and elephants becomes inevitable, as the human population rises.  As elephants are squeezed out of their natural habitat by human settlements, they fall short of food and may take to raiding crops to supplement their diets. In rare cases, they may kill, or are themselves shot in retaliation. . . . . More. . .
Jon Favreau Of Mars ~ Director talks sci-fi epic
Empire Online ~ January 3, 2006
"It was written by Edgar Rice Burroughs (Tarzan) close to a hundred years ago," says Favreau for the unitiated. "It’s actually been a bit of a creative well spring than influenced Star Wars a great deal and Superman can kind of be traced back to it. Basically any science fiction goes back to the grandfather, which is John Carter. It’s about a civil war veteran – a cavalry captain – who finds himself transported to Mars and finds himself in the nexus of all these warring tribes on this dying planet with diminishing resources. He also finds himself with what I guess you would call super powers. At the time it was written we didn’t understand anything about going to planets with lower gravity and so the way it was expressed was that he had superhuman strength and leaping abilities. So he’s the guy who finds himself at the end of a war that was pretty meaningless, basically, and wasteful on Earth and ends up showing up on this planet as a super warrior who can actually make a difference. So it’s a bit of a fantasy in that respect."

See, Star Wars meets Superman and goes to war. Now that's exciting. The project has been on various Hollywood drawing boards for years, "since an animated version was proposed around the time of Snow White" according to Favreau. "This thing has gone through dozens of incarnations and because of how expansive it is and the fact that there’s only one human character and most of the other characters are fifteen feet tall green martians there has never been the technology available to bring it to the screen. But now with the technology that exists (Favreau sites Peter Jackson’s King Kong as the film that proves it can be done) I’m pretty confident that we come up with something really cool."

The movie is still in the development stages, but has the potential to be enormous. “The way it stands is that we have artists working on research, we’re working on a script and we should know by the spring whether we’re going ahead or if the project goes back on the woodpile…It’s pretty big. Theoretically it could spin out into a fully fledged franchise, which is, I think, what the holy grail is for the movie studios now.” More . . .

Law of the jungle: Disney show roars
The show brings three Disney movies to life. Pittsburg ~ Guy D'Astolfo 
YOUNGSTOWN — . . . Disney On Ice is huge. Witness Wednesday night's sold-out performance of Disney's "3 Jungle Adventures." . . . "It's an absolute home run," said Matt Hufnagel, the arena's director of marketing and sales. "It bodes well for family shows here in the future." 
Three stories 
"Disney On Ice — 3 Jungle Adventures" retells condensed versions of three Disney classics: "The Jungle Book," "Tarzan" and the great "The Lion King." The common thread that connects the three parts is a quest by Timon and Pumbaa. The lovable pals from "The Lion King" provide comic relief in their search for their home. . . . The skaters who play Mowgli and his girlfriend; Tarzan and Jane; and Simba and Nala show off their talent in extended ice dances. 

But the highlight of the show — at least for adults — has to be the rope dance by Tarzan and Jane. In a display of amazing athleticism, the two take their dance to new heights by shinning up a rope and performing graceful and acrobatic moves, as jungle creatures dance beneath them. Tarzan does a lot of rope swinging, but nothing tops the rope dance's daring and choreography. More . . .

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