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An Interview with Danton Burroughs
BroadwayWorld.com ~ June 14, 2006
In 1912, Edgar Rice Burroughs introduced the character of Tarzan to the world in his imaginative tale, “Tarzan of the Apes,” and in no time, his career was off and running. Tarzan has since been featured in 26 authorized novels and 44 motion pictures. Burroughs decided to take his career a step further by launching his own company, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. He died on March 19, 1950. His writing and characters entertained three generations of readers and moviegoers. At present, the Burroughs family, including grandson, Danton Burroughs manages the corporation. Danton Burroughs and I sat down to speak about Tarzan, the Broadway Musical, as well as the life of his grandfather.

Nick Orlando: What was your grandfather’s inspiration for creating the character, Tarzan?

Danton Burroughs: Money! He, at the time, pawned my grandmother’s jewelry. He had written Tarzan as his third novel. His third story was submitted to “All Story Magazine.” The editor loved it! It came out in the October issue of the magazine. It sold for 15 cents and today, if you can find a nice copy, it is $15,000-$30,000. Extremely rare; it was the whole story in one volume which was not done before. 

Nick Orlando: How did this character evolve?

Danton Burroughs: My grandfather played with the evolution theory and he created the name Tarzan. The first name he had was Nazrat and then he changed the syllables around to Tarzan. We have the original manuscript and you can see where he is actually thinking and changing the names. He just had a way with words and he created a mythical character in 1911. As soon as Tarzan came out, it was an immediate success. It also came out in England. My grandfather got so much fan mail. His pseudonym was Normal Bean, but when the book came out in 1914, he was credited as Edgar Rice Burroughs. First movie was 1918. It was also one of the first movies to gross over a million dollars. It starred Gordon Griffith as the young Tarzan and Elmo Lincoln as Tarzan himself. Elmo Lincoln was a big hit at the time. 

Nick Orlando: Did your grandfather have any significant obstacles he had to overcome or did things come easy?

Danton Burroughs: He was a hell of a business man. He incorporated himself in 1923, which was odd for an author to do, but he liked the protection of a corporation because he was involved in early lawsuits with some of the Tarzan pictures. He went on to do the merchandising and publishing on his own. He had my father come in during the 1930s and illustrate Tarzan and the other books my grandfather wrote. He kept it as a family corporation and to this day, it is owned by the heirs of Edgar Rice Burroughs. 

Nick Orlando: Are there things going on in your life that parallels your grandfathers? Are you following in his footsteps? 

Danton Burroughs: Only as an archivist and trying to save everything. Also, working on documentaries and coming to see amazing musicals, like Tarzan, the Broadway Musical. The legend lives on!

Nick Orlando: I’m sure your grandfather would be very proud to see Disney putting on Tarzan, the Broadway Musical.

Danton Burroughs: He would be beside himself and there is enjoyment from the Burroughs family!

Disney Theatrical Productions and Stage Entertainment, the largest theatrical producing company in Europe announced Monday, May 22nd, 2006, that Disney's newest musical, Tarzan, will be their next co-production in Europe, set to open in Holland next spring at the Circustheatre near Amsterdam with a second production scheduled to open in Germany in 2008.

Tarzan, the Broadway Musical, is currently playing at the Richard Rodgers Theatre (226 West 46th Street). The cast album will be released on June 27th on Walt Disney Records. The production stars Josh Strickland and Jenn Gambatese as Tarzan and Jane. Performances run Tuesday through Saturday at 8:00pm, with matinees Wednesday and Saturday at 2:00pm, and Sunday at 3:00pm. Tickets are available through www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 212-307-4747. For more information, please visit www.TarzanOnBroadway.com.

See Phil Collins and the Cast of Tarzan® the Broadway Musical 
perform live in New York City 
(performances will be broadcast on national television).

June 23rd, 2006 ~ NBC Today
Phil Collins and the cast of Tarzan® the Broadway Musical
Summer Concert Series featuring Phil Collins and the cast of Tarzan® the Broadway Musical--LIVE CONCERT & BROADCAST
Live Concert Time: 7:00am EST
Live Broadcast on NBC Today (check your local listings for time and channel)
Concert Location: 30 Rockefeller Plaza (West 48th Street between Avenue of the Americas and 5th Avenue)

June 23, 2006 ~ ABC's The View
Phil Collins and the cast of Tarzan® the Broadway Musical 
Interview and musical performance with songs from Tarzan® The Broadway Musical. 
New York City: Taping of this program is not open to the public.
June 23, 2006 ~ CBS's The Early Show

Live: The cast of Tarzan® the Broadway Musical
Outdoor Concert Series 
Live Concert time: 11:00am ~ Air date: To be determined.
CBS Early Show Plaza, corner of 59th Street & 5th Avenue
As acknowledged fans of Edgar Rice Burroughs, and ergo Tarzan, I'd like to invite you on behalf of CBS to Phil Collin's live outdoor concert featuring the music from Disney's Broadway hit Tarzan.
I realize many of you may not be in the NYC area at this time, but if you cannot come yourself I kindly ask that you share this information with others who would enjoy the show (be it through personal contacts or fan sites you may manage) as it would be greatly appreciated by all parties involved.
Here are the full details:

Phil Collins will be performing LIVE at the CBS Early Show
on June 23rd, 2006 at 12pm.
The show will feature songs from
the GRAMMY-winning soundtrack of Disney's Tarzan,
including "You'll Be In My Heart" 
winner of both an Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Song.
The concert is taking place at the CBS plaza on 59th St & 5th Ave,
and we ask that people arrive early by 11am.
Please join us for this free outdoor concert, 
as it will be fun for kids of all ages (including the young of heart)
for more information contact Brian at
BagleyB@cbsnews.com or

Thank you in advance for any help you may be able to provide, and on a brighter note, we hope to see you at the concert!!!

Sarah Blake
Audience Coordinator
CBS The Early Show
(212) 975 - 2890

The original cast recording of TARZAN®, The Broadway Musical
will be released in retail stores nationwide by Walt Disney Records on Tuesday, June 27th, but the cast recording is available for pre-order now by visiting the iTunes store. Through a special promotional arrangement with iTunes, customers who pre-order the cast recording before June 27th will receive the cast recording, a digital scrapbook featuring backstage photos and 1 additional song from each of the other Disney On Broadway shows, THE LION KING, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, and Elton John & Tim Rice’s AIDA (all of which are also available for the first time through iTunes).
Tarzan Preview Notes
Opening Night Notes
Review Highlights
Tarzan Souvenirs
Before & After Notes
Tune in to Elmo's Dateline Jasoom Podcast #9
From the Chicago Panthan Press Studios

Episode nine looks at Disney's Tarzan on Broadway,
with commentary from Bill "Jeddak of the North" Hillman
who was there for opening night.

Happy Birthday Ron "Tarzan 15" Ely ~ Born June 21, 1938
Peter Ogden's Edgar Rice Burroughs Fanzine: 
Celebrates 50 years of publishing this month
See 50 years of cover art at:
ERBzine 0119 ~ ERBzine 0119a ~ ERBzine 0120 ~ ERBzine 0120a
Big Red (Planet) Balloon 
Opinions, arguments and analyses from the editors of Scientific American 
Today's New York Times reports that a group of German space enthusiasts are planning to launch their own unique version of a robot rover to explore Mars. . . . More on NASA's past plans for a Barsoom balloon (and no, I don't expect you to get that reference unless you're an Edgar Rice Burroughs fan) More>>>
The Big Cheese in the Big Apple
Mouse Planet ~ June 13, 2006
The Richard Rodgers Theatre hosts Disney's newest show, Tarzan, which opened in May 2006. The show has received mixed reviews from critics, however the technical achievements of the production make it a must-see for fans of Disney theatrical productions. Elaborate rigging simulates the vines that Tarzan uses to travel through the jungle, allowing the actors to swing above the stage and out over the audience. This expansion of the musical into vertical space necessitated the addition of choreography beyond the norm; Pichon Baldinu, co-founder of the aerial group De La Guarda, is the aerial designer for the production. Fans of the Tarzan film score will be pleased to learn that Phil Collins composed the production's theatrical score, building on his score from the film version.
The man who created 'Conan'
Texas town celebrates native son Robert E. Howard
CNN ~ July 13, 2006
ERB / REH FAN WATCH ~ June 7, 2006
Devoted ERB fans get together in Little Rock on their way to the
Annual Robert E. Howard Convention.

AP Photo: RE Howard Home
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Steve Block ~ Jim Hadac (Red Hawk) ~ Sky Brower (Ape-Man) ~ Steve Allsup (Korak)
Tarzan's Silver Springs Location Threatened
St. Petersburg Times ~ June 6, 2006
Adding 11,000 homes, shopping centers and a golf course near Silver Springs could mean the end of the ecological treasure. . . . In its day, Silver Springs was a tourist destination as famous as Disney World is now. Not only could tourists gaze into its depths in its trademark glass-bottom boats, but the springs' exotic beauty lured Hollywood. Beginning in 1916, when the silent movie The Seven Swans used the springs as a backdrop, it became a favorite location for a variety of movies and TV shows. Six Tarzan movies were shot there, as well as everything from The Creature From the Black Lagoon to jungle warfare training films. Its glitzy history overshadowed the springs' ecological significance. One of the largest spring systems in the world, it pours 500-million gallons of naturally filtered water into the Silver River daily. More>>>
Tooth gives up oldest human DNA 

BBC News ~ June 6, 2006
Scientists have recovered DNA from a Neanderthal that lived 100,000 years ago - the oldest human-type DNA so far. . . . The DNA studies conducted so far suggest little, if any, interbreeding between Neanderthals and modern humans took place. More>>>
Mini-planet systems get stranger 

BBC News ~ June 6, 2006
Mini planetary systems may orbit cosmic objects that are 100 times smaller than our Sun, research suggests. . . . "The diversity of worlds out there is truly remarkable. Nature often seems more prolific than our imagination." More>>>
Photo by Robert Cook, Jr.
Bob & Peggy Cook
Bob Cook
July 20, 1928 - June 12, 2006
The last correspondence we received from Bob
expressed his words of sympathy for the recent passing of his friend Bob Hyde:
"I know you all will miss him, such a grand fellow.
I will miss knowing he is not somewhere on the same planet with me and
will look forward to seeing him again, one day. ~ Bob Cook, The Wazirian"
Our ERB family have lost another friend. . . and grand fellow. We will miss the Wazirian.
Bill & Sue-On
ROBERT B. "BOB" COOK: 1928-2006
Restaurateur led Sea Turtle to 7 Golden Spoon awards.
by Jessie-Lynne Kerr ~ The Times-Union
Longtime restaurateur and Beaches civic leader Robert B. "Bob" Cook died Monday at Baptist Medical Center Beaches of heart disease. He was 77.  A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Friday at St. Paul's By-the-Sea Episcopal Church at 465 11th Ave. N. in Jacksonville Beach, followed by a reception in the parish hall. Mr. Cook served on the Atlantic Beach City Commission off and on for 13 years during the 1970s to 1990s. He was president of the Beaches Area Chamber of Commerce in 1975-76 and a past president of the Beaches Kiwanis Club and Beaches Quarterback Club. He was perhaps best known as the manager of fine restaurants, primarily the Sea Turtle Restaurant in Atlantic Beach, which earned seven Golden Spoon awards from Florida Trend magazine during his tenure. 

Mr. Cook was a native of Evansville, Ind., where he worked in his family's barbecue restaurant. He earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Evansville in 1951 and first visited the spot where he would later work during spring break in 1949. "We were on our way down to Fort Lauderdale but we stopped here and I can remember going on the beach in front of the Copper Kettle, now the site of the Sea Turtle. Little did I know then that someday I would be back, working on the same spot," he recalled during a 1987 newspaper interview. After graduating from college, Mr. Cook served in the Navy, which again brought him to the area, but he returned to Evansville after his discharge. 

In 1963, he was hired by Joe Adeeb Sr. to manage the Sea Turtle Restaurant, but spent his first six months learning the Adeeb philosophy at the Green Turtle Restaurant on Philips Highway, which was rated the No. 1 restaurant in Florida before Interstate 95 took much of the traffic away from U.S. 1. For a long time, Mr. Cook's wife, Peggy, served as the hostess at the Sea Turtle and together the Cooks tried to provide a friendly personal touch. For several years, Mr. Cook also managed the Brewmaster's Steak House. 

Mr. Cook left the restaurant business in 1984 and started a new career in real estate, which he said was similar to his prior career because "you have to enjoy meeting people and know how to please them." As a member of the Jacksonville Association of Realtors, he was named Associate Realtor of the Year in 1989 and 1995. He recently retired. 

Mr. Cook was active in his church, St. Paul's By-the-Sea Episcopal, and was a former member of the vestry, a lay reader and a chalice minister. He also served as chaplain for the Brotherhood of St. Andrew's, was a 50-year member of the Masons and was a member of Morocco Temple of the Shrine. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Peggy; three sons, Robert Cook Jr. of New York City, Thomas Cook of Corona, Calif., and William Cook of Jacksonville Beach; five grandchildren; and a brother, William Cook of Atlantic Beach. 

Memorials may take the form of donations to the American Cancer Society, 1430 Prudential Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32207 or the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 1132, Fairfax, VA 22038-1132. 


Video scenes from Tarzan the Broadway Musical on BroadwayWorld.com

The Latest from Jeff Long's Panthan Press:
Elmo's Dateline Jasoom Podcast #9

Episode nine looks at Disney's Tarzan on Broadway, 
with commentary from Bill "Jeddak of the North" Hillman -- 
who was there for opening night. 
Uploaded June 3, 2006.

Broadway Enjoys Record Season 
Backstage.com ~ May 31, 2006
After failing to set records last season, Broadway rebounded this year with new highs for total attendance and total gross . . ."This season was marked by tremendous new musicals and plays, offering audiences a diversity of shows from which to choose," Jed Bernstein, president of the League of American Theatres and Producers, said in a statement. "Although the strong business results continue to underline Broadway's revenue stakes in New York, increasing cost pressures have resulted in no increase in the number of shows making a profit. Broadway is still a high-risk investment." More>>>
New Tarzan Movie by Weintraub
Hollywood rookie is new face of Superman 
AP ~ May 25, 2006
LOS ANGELES - Imagine Leonardo DiCaprio as the young Darth Vader, Haley Joel Osment as Harry Potter , or Nicolas Cage as Superman (that one really almost happened). No, sometimes Hollywood needs a fresh face up on screen, like Marlon Brando in "A Streetcar Named Desire," Harrison Ford in "Star Wars" — or Brandon Routh in "Superman Returns." . . . "The bottom line in those kinds of movies is that Superman is the star of the movie. It‘s not so-and-so as Superman," said producer JerryWeintraub, whose 1982 film "Diner" helped introduce such fresh faces as Mickey Rourke, Ellen Barkin and Paul Reiser . "I‘m doing Tarzan next year, and Tarzan is going to be an unknown, because Tarzan is the star, not the actor." More>>>
Tarzan of the Apes Film Project
FilmForce~ February 19, 2004
Big Fish screenwriter John August was hired by Warner Brothers back in June to script this "big-budget" Jerry Weintraub production. The screenwriter advised Variety that Tarzan is "an enduring cultural myth like Hercules or Robin Hood." August is said to be a big fan of Edgar Rice Burroughs' original novel and of the 1970s animated series. "The movie versions of Tarzan always portray him as a sort of jungle hippie," August told Variety. "Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan is a much different character. He's more ferocious and wild, like Wolverine without the claws. That's the version we want to use." No word yet on how far along this "big summer actioner" is in development.
Tarzan the European Musical
Our reporter in Holland, Ron de Laat, reported last week that:
 "TV-Show" presented by Reinout Oerlemans has just aired an interview with Phil Collins in which they discussed the new Tarzan stage musical. The last question Reinout asked was "Phil, you told us in our last interview that you would soon have some breaking news of interest to us over here." Phil answered "Yes, I believe that the Dutch cast is already practicing for the show in Holland!" 

News of this has now been officially released from New York:

Tarzan to Open in Holland, then Germany
Playbill.com ~ May 22, 2006
Disney Theatrical Productions and Stage Entertainment will continue their joint producing ventures with international productions of Tarzan, the new Disney musical that recently opened at Broadway's Richard Rodgers Theatre.

Phil Collins will announce that news at the Dutch Theatre Awards May 22. Holland will see the first international mounting of Tarzan, which is based on both the Disney animated film and the Edgar Rice Burroughs novel. Tarzan will open at the Circustheatre, which is near Amsterdam, in spring 2007. Germany will see Tarzan some time in 2008. 
In a statement, Disney Theatrical Productions President Thomas Schumacher said, "It’s unusual for a second production to be mounted so soon after a Broadway opening, but Joop van den Ende and his team have been supportive of the show throughout its development and I am very pleased it will have its international premiere in The Netherlands."

Stage Entertainment Chairman Joop van den Ende added, "We love the show and believe it will make a strong connection with European audiences. I am also very proud that Disney has once again selected to give us these exclusive rights.” . . . More>>>

Tarzan Heads to Europe; Mountings in Holland and Germany Announced
Broadway.com ~ May 22, 2006
. . . . Beginning with their first international production of Elton John & Tim Rice's Aida in 2001, Disney Theatrical Productions and Stage Entertainment have mounted six Disney musicals that have played to an audience of over 10 million people in Germany and Holland alone. Disney/Stage Entertainment shows have grossed over $400 million in ticket sales. Stage Entertainment currently has five Disney productions in their theaters, including The Lion King (in its fifth year in Germany and its third year in Holland), Beauty and the Beast (on tour in Germany and Holland) and Aida (on tour in Germany). 

In Tarzan, a shipwreck leaves an infant orphaned on the West African shore. The helpless baby is taken under the protection of a gorilla tribe and becomes part of their family. When he eventually encounters his first human—Jane Porter, a curious young explorer—both their worlds are transformed forever. The stage show, based on the animated Disney film of the same name (with a screenplay by Tab Murphy, Bob Tzudiker and Noni White) and the Edgar Rice Burroughs novel Tarzan of the Apes, features a book by David Henry Hwang and score by Phil Collins. 

Disney's new 'Tarzan' swings onto Broadway
Monterey County Herald AP ~ May 25, 2006
Rika Okamoto and John Elliott Oyzon are clearly having great fun these days. As characters who look more like smiling cavemen than apes, they fly through the green jungle that has taken over Broadway's Richard Rodgers Theatre, swinging out over audiences packed with gleeful, screaming children. . . . "I earned my wings in 'De La Guarda'," says Oyzon, who also prowls the jungle as a leopard and battles with Tarzan. . . Both Okamoto and Oyzon are members of the stage family of gorillas, who seem to swing for the pure pleasure of it. More>>>
Mid-Michigan native has swinging role in 'Tarzan'
Saginaw News ~ May 20, 2006
While he's not cast in the title role of "Tarzan, The Broadway Musical," 1996 Cass City High School graduate Whitney Osentoski plans to get in plenty of swinging-in-the-trees time anyway. . . . "I was hired as a 'swing' member of the cast, which means I cover for six male members of the ensemble when they are unable to perform," says Osentoski of the Disney Theatrical Productions show that opened May 10 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on Broadway. 

"I have to know the entire show, and I am the replacement for actors who portray humans, a gorilla, a fern, a butterfly. All sorts of things where I am hanging in the air and bungee-jumping, specialty stuff. Singing and dancing too. Tarzan' got mixed reviews from the critics, but the audiences are loving it," says Osentoski, who received tickets to attend opening night and an invitation to the opening night party for the cast. "There is such an advance sale on this show, I don't fear it will close because of the reviews. . . . It's just we all wanted critical validation for what we've been working on for five months, sometimes up to 12 hours a day with rehearsals and previews. I don't think they (the critics) realize what it takes to get some of the movements. I know I'm proud of the show." More>>>

Where Jane Goes Without 'Tarzan' NY Times (Real Estate Section) ~ May 19, 2006
JENN GAMBATESE'S weekend home in the Catskills is much more than 45 minutes from Broadway, and that's just fine with her. Ms. Gambatese is swinging through the theatrical jungle these days, starring as Jane in "Tarzan," the new multimillion-dollar Disney musical, which opened last week at the Richard Rodgers Theater on West 46th Street. . . .  "I'd never been to an audition where I put on a helmet and was set in a harness and climbed 30 feet in the air and they said, 'Let go.' And you swing across and catch on the other side, or hang in the air with nothing to catch onto." . . . The critics were generally not kind to "Tarzan." (On the other hand, the show has a reported $20 million advance.) "I don't read them," Ms. Gambatese said of the critics. "Either way they go, it gets in your head." Mostly, she said, she is "looking forward to getting back to some form of normalcy." More>>>
Tarzan Preview Notes
Opening Night Notes
Review Highlights
Tarzan Souvenirs
Before & After Notes
We're learning more about Mars
By Ben Bova ~ naplesnews.com ~ June 4, 2006
After a seven-month journey from Earth, a robotic spacecraft is now looping around the red planet . . . The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter is the largest and most sophisticated probe ever to study Mars. At 2.4 tons, it's more than twice as big as any of the previous spacecraft sent there. . . .  Lowell's concept of Mars became the basis for fantastic fiction by the likes of H.G. Wells and, later, Edgar Rice Burroughs. Yet, it was those lurid tales by Burroughs that inspired a youngster named Carl Sagan to spend his life investigating the possibilities of life on Mars — and elsewhere in space. It turns out that the canals Lowell saw were mainly the result of eyestrain. The professionals were right and Lowell was, to say the least, overly optimistic. Once spacecraft began probing Mars in the 1960s they found that there were no canals, and no canal builders. More>>>

Edgar Rice Burroughs Adapted: New Princess of Mars comics series
IDW Goes To Mars
The ComicBookBin.com ~ Jun 1, 2006, 23:26
In August, IDW Publishing is proud to offer up the  definitive comic re-telling of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ A Princess of  Mars . . . “A Princess of Mars, like most of Burroughs’ literary classics, is  a natural choice to adapt into a comic book series,” says IDW Editor  Taylor, who’s penning the adaptation. “The elements that Burroughs  put into his stories lend themselves quite well to comics—imaginative tales filled with wondrous vision. Besides, I’m not one  who can pass up on good, old-fashioned, swashbuckling science-fiction  adventure.”

Edgar Rice Burroughs’ A Princess of Mars (Diamond Item Code JUN06  3201) #1, the first issue of a five-issue series with 32 full-color  pages, debuts from IDW Publishing in August 2006. More>>>

The Cave That Time Forgot
BBC News ~ June 1, 2006
Eight previously unknown invertebrate creatures have been discovered in a 5 million-year-old underwater cave in central Israel. The largest is a white shrimp-like crustacean. Another resembles a species of scorpion and is blind. Scientists say it is a unique ecosystem that has been sealed off from the world for five million years and could contain other ancient lifeforms. . . . "They can give a very good insight into how robust life, and the evolutionary process driving it, can be. . ." More>>>
Kelso's literary lioness -- 
Pioneer descendant Margaret Wallace never forgot her roots
Margaret Wallace's romantic side
Daily News: Longview, Washington ~ May 28, 2006
Wallace took her book reviews seriously, but her other venue, pulp fiction, allowed her to be playful. 
Pulp magazines contained serialized novels, short stories and poetry in every imaginable category. Many great writers, such as Edgar Rice Burroughs, Tennessee Williams, Dashiell Hammett and Robert E. Howard, got their start in pulps. More>>>
HIV origin 'found in wild chimps' 
BBC News ~ May 25, 2006
The origin of HIV has been found in wild chimpanzees living in southern Cameroon, researchers report. . . . Chimpanzees in south-east Cameroon were found to have the viruses most similar to the form of HIV that has spread throughout the world. . . . The researchers say that, as well as solving the mystery about the origin of the virus, the findings open up avenues for future research. . . . But SIVcpz has not been found to cause any Aids-like illnesses in chimpanzees, so researchers are investigating why the animals do not suffer any symptoms, when humans - who are so genetically similar - do. More>>>
'Hobbit' stirs scientific clash 
BBC News ~ May 19, 2006
A US-British team of scientists has challenged the idea that the tiny skeleton from Indonesia dubbed the "Hobbit" is a new human species. Writing in Science magazine, the team presents an alternative theory that the remains could be those of a modern human with a brain disorder. Their arguments appear in a technical critique of previous research into the Hobbit brain also published in Science. More>>>
Evolution's human and chimp twist 
BBC News ~ May 18, 2006
Humans and chimpanzees may have split away from a common ancestor far more recently than was previously thought. A detailed analysis of human and chimp DNA suggests the lines finally diverged less than 5.4 million years ago. The finding, published in the journal Nature, is about 1-2 million years later than the fossils have indicated. A US team says its results hint at the possibility that interbreeding occurred between the two lines for thousands, even millions, of years. More>>>

New York Post ~ May 14, 2006 
Now that he's done playing Aquaman, David Blaine wants to try another mythical hero on for size: Tarzan the Ape Man. The waterlogged escape artist, who last week failed in his attempt to set a world breath-holding record after submerging himself for seven days in a 2,000-gallon tank outside Lincoln Center, says his next stunt will involve living "among wild beasts . . . alone in the jungle." 
"I'd be amazed if he lasted a week in a place like the Sunderbunds" - a vast, swampy reserve park in northern India, said Animal Planet zoologist Dave Salmoni. Salmoni says the latter-day Houdini would also be hard-pressed to last a week in the wilds of the East African nation of Tanzania, where lions have eaten about 170 people thus far this year. More>>>
Brutal lives of Stone Age Britons 
BBC News ~ May 11, 2006
A survey of British skulls from the early part of the New Stone Age, or Neolithic, shows societies then were more violent than was supposed. Early Neolithic Britons had a one in 20 chance of suffering a skull fracture at the hands of someone else and a one in 50 chance of dying from their injuries. Blunt instruments such as clubs were responsible for most of the traumas. . . . "We could also be seeing raiding parties, cattle rustling, somebody suspecting the other tribe across the hill is practising witchcraft," the University of Central Lancashire forensic anthropologist explained. "Some of the violence may be domestic; some of it may even be ritualised." More>>>
Disney Producer Bonnie Arnold: 
Pushing the State of the Heart "Over the Hedge"
Toon Zone ~ May 14, 2006
. . . Tarzan was one of my favorite stories from the time when I was a little kid. I had seen every Johnny Weissmuller film ever made, and I just loved the material. Also I knew Phil Collins was involved for the music, and all the elements added up. There was just something about it that I fell in love with from the get-go. For me, it's about loving what you do every day, because you have to work on these things for three or four years. . . .
Well, I think with Tarzan, a lot of the challenge was first just trying to do justice to a story that is just so grand and so big, and to figure out what piece of that story to tell in animation. There have also been so many versions of Tarzan, so how do we make our version feel different and unique and special? Why do this again? That was the basic challenge for Tarzan. . . . 
I think with Tarzan, a lot of the challenge was first just trying to do justice to a story that is just so grand and so big, and to figure out what piece of that story to tell in animation. There have also been so many versions of Tarzan, so how do we make our version feel different and unique and special? Why do this again? That was the basic challenge for Tarzan. 
Journeys into the Hollow Earth
About Paranormal ~ May 2006
If you were to fly north from New York City, across Canada directly to the Earth's physical North Pole, then kept going straight... you'd end up somewhere in Russia, right? 
Not necessarily, say those who believe the Earth is hollow. Why? Because there's a big gaping hole at the North Pole, they allege, and if you'd fly (or walk, for that matter) across the pole, you'd find yourself entering the interior of the planet. . . .
Putting science aside, it's easy to understand the appeal of a hollow Earth. It's the same romance and sense of adventure that inspired novels by the likes of Jules Verne (A Journey to the Center of the Earth), Edgar Allan Poe (MS Found in a Bottle) and Edgar Rice Burroughs (At the Earth's Core) in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. . . . 
Also: John Cleves Symmes ~ John Cleves Symmes ~ Dr. Fridtjof Nansen ~ Admiral Byrd
Dateline Jasoom Episode 7: 
May 7, 2006 Podcast has been uploaded to Jeff "Elmo" Long's:
Herbo Gooli gives a shocking eye-witness report from Barsoom on the latest surprise development in the Paramount John Carter and Princess of Mars film project. 
Greg Phillips reports on the Burroughs and Bradbury panel discussion at Oak Park, Illinois which featured George McWhorter, Jerry Spannraft, Greg Phillips, Joan Bledig, Jim Hadac and Randy Kryn. The podcast concludes with George McWhorter's famous Tarzan Yell!

 ERBzine Weekly ERB Fanzine Volume 1679 features 
Journeys to Mars: Exploring the Many Worlds of Ray Bradbury and Edgar Rice Burroughs 
Panel Discussion in Oak Park, Illinois ~ May 3, 2006 ~ A Report by Ken Manson

Peruse the ERBzine News reports and archives for the latest developments on the current film and stage productions.
UFO study finds no sign of aliens 

The 400-page report was kept secret for six years 
BBC News ~ May 7, 2006
Alleged UFO sightings A confidential Ministry of Defence report on Unidentified Flying Objects has concluded that there is no proof of alien life forms. The four-year study - entitled Unidentified Aerial Phenomena in the UK - tackles the long-running question by UFO-spotters: "Is anyone out there?" The answer, it seems, is "no".

"No evidence exists to suggest that the phenomena seen are hostile or under any type of control, other than that of natural physical forces." It adds: "There is no evidence that 'solid' objects exist which could cause a collision hazard. . . . "Evidence suggests that meteors and their well-known effects and, possibly some other less-known effects are responsible for some unidentified aerial phenomena," concludes the report. 

People who claim to have had a "close encounter" are often difficult to persuade that they did not really see what they thought they saw. The report offers a possible medical explanation. "The close proximity of plasma related fields can adversely affect a vehicle or person," states the report. . . . There are, of course, other causes of UFOs - aeroplanes with particularly bright lights, stray odd-shaped balloons and strange flocks of birds, to name but a few. . . . More >>>


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Phil Collins to Sing on Tarzan Cast Recording
Walt Disney News ~ May 5, 2006 
Phil Collins, who wrote the score for the new Disney musical Tarzan, will be heard on the upcoming original cast recording of that musical.  Grammy winner Collins will be heard on a bonus track on the CD singing the Tarzan tune "Everything That I Am." "At one point," Collins said, "I thought I'd record all the [Tarzan] songs on a record, but, of course, that takes a bit of steam away from the cast album. So, [for] the cast album we did last week, I ended up playing percussion." 

The Tarzan cast recording is set to hit stores June 27 on Walt Disney Records. The recording is currently available for pre-order at the Richard Rodgers Theatre or on-line at www.tarzanonbroadway.com

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UK TV Host Ross: Me Tarzan, You Jane
The Sun (UK) ~ May 6, 2006
JONATHAN Ross has installed a thrill ride in his garden — so he can swing through the trees like TARZAN. The telly host, 45, spent more than £1,000 on the “zip wire” which is strung 15ft above the ground and allows him to zoom for 75ft attached to a harness. He and his wife — TV beauty JANE Goldman, 35 — will undergo basic training to learn how to use it safely. . . . The jungle-style ride is the newest addition to a £1.1million Grade II listed home that Wossy moved his family into last year.   More>>>
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