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Herman Brix
A Salute to the Memory of
Herman Brix - Bruce Bennett
May 19, 1906 - February 24, 2007
Each of his 100 years was a 
New Adventure
Herman Brix dies at 100
LA Times ~ February 28, 2007
Bruce Bennett '40s Studio PortraitHerman Brix, who parlayed a silver medal for the shot put in the 1928 Olympics into a Hollywood career that included playing Tarzan in a 1935 movie, has died. He was 100. Brix, who later adopted the stage name Bruce Bennett and appeared as Joan Crawford's husband in "Mildred Pierce" and as an ill-fated gold prospector in "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre," died of complications from a broken hip Saturday at Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center, his son Christopher said Tuesday. A former University of Washington football and track and field star who played in the 1926 Rose Bowl, Brix moved to Los Angeles in 1929 after being invited to compete for the Los Angeles Athletic Club. He became friends with actor Douglas Fairbanks, who arranged a screen test for the handsome young athlete at Paramount. But while playing a small role as a running back in the 1931 Paramount college football movie "Touchdown," Brix broke a shoulder. The injury caused the world record-setting shot-putter to fail to qualify for the 1932 Olympic trials. It also ended his chance to play Tarzan at MGM, where he is said to have been the studio's leading candidate for the role. Instead, the star-making role in MGM's 1932 hit "Tarzan the Ape Man" went to Olympic swimmer Johnny Weissmuller, who went on to appear in a string of Tarzan movies.

But two years later, Brix got his chance to play the jungle hero in "The New Adventures of Tarzan," which was produced by an independent film company whose principals included Tarzan author Edgar Rice Burroughs. In fact, Brix was picked by Burroughs to star in the 1935 movie. "Herman Brix brought a presence to the screen that many people feel personifies the Tarzan of the books," Danton Burroughs, Edgar Rice Burroughs' grandson, wrote in the foreword to "Please Don't Call Me Tarzan: The Life Story of Herman Brix/Bruce Bennett," a 2001 book by Mike Chapman. Brix, Burroughs wrote, "was lean and muscular, articulate and dignified. He moved with the superb athletic grace that my grandfather envisioned … and played the role to perfection."

Jeannette, Brix's wife of 67 years, died in 2000. In addition to his son, Chris, he is survived by his daughter, Christina Katich; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Memorial donations may be sent to the Olympic Committee, National Headquarters, 1 Olympic Plaza, Colorado Springs, CO 80909. Services will be private. More>>>
See also The Washington Post

ERB's Favourite Tarzan 
 Herman Brix 
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Pressbook: 8 pages - cast, credits, synopsis, ads, stories, posters, publicity, promotion, etc.
Starring Herman Brix ~ Olympic Champion 
Only in California
It was fitting that Britney chose the home of Tarzan to shear her locks 
Toronto Sun ~ February 25, 2007 
TARZANA, Calif. -- So this is the place where Britney lost her head. Esther's Haircutting Studio is a tiny shoebox set back from Ventura Blvd., a shy little building that looks as if it's trying to hide from the rest of big California. Clever writers dubbed it the Buzzcut Heard Round The World. Not since Elvis joined the army has there been a more talked-about haircut. 

Esther's is at 18360 Ventura Blvd. just east of Reseda Blvd. in Tarzana, a city named in honour of Edgar Rice Burroughs, who founded this city in his spare time while he wasn't writing his popular Tarzan stories. You'll find this out if you knock on the door of the ranch-style bungalow barely five metres from Esther's salon. You'll be invited in to talk about the Britney fiasco next door and suddenly you're surrounded by wall-to-wall Tarzan memorabilia, with a balding man politely and gregariously talking about his grandfather. Upon questioning he'll tell you his grandfather is Edgar Rice Burroughs, creator of Tarzan. Only in California are such surreal afternoons possible. 

"My granddad liked the homey atmosphere, so he had a fireplace here, he had a shower here, he tied his horse up out in the back, and he'd come in here and create," says Danton Burroughs, 63, who manages the office. His grandfather, originally from Chicago, liked California so much that by the time he was rich from his novels he was able to buy a 550-acre ranch that had belonged to General Harrison Gray Otis, founder of the Los Angeles Times, for $125,000. He called it Tarzana Ranch after the success of his Tarzan character and moved his family there in February 1919. Later on Burroughs divided the land up and sold it for residential use, and the locals of the burgeoning town called it Tarzana in honour of him. 

Danton Burroughs is happy with the attention Britney Spears has brought upon Tarzana. He says we're all "amateur psychologists" trying to make sense of her fall from grace. "She's precious. She's a wonderful, cute little thing, but she's vulnerable now, and she doesn't have anybody," Burroughs says. "She's just a little lost soul. And she's making all these decisions herself. Boy." 

Burroughs wishes he would've seen Britney outside the night she cut her hair. He would've invited the pop star and her people inside to find some refuge inside the quaint cottage. "Oh, she would've loved it in here. It would've taken her mind off all the weird things. I would've given her a bunch of books to read. She would've liked that." 

The Latest Dateline Jasoom Podcast from Panthan Press
Episode 28. The BBC interviews Johnny Clayton, recently rescued from the jungles of Africa, before he sets sail for America. Sam Moskowitz at the 1994 Dum-Dum discusses the Edgar Rice Burroughs / Otis Adelbert Kline feud. Guillermo del Toro talks Tarzan with Jimmy Kimmel. 
Louisville Life meets Denny Miller and the McWhorter ERB Collection
Louisville Life ~ February 26 , 2007
The star of the 1959 version of Tarzan , Bloomington, Ind., native Denny Miller talks about his 50 years in Hollywood, followed by a peep into one of the world's largest collections of Tarzan memorabilia on the next edition of Louisville Life . Hosted by Candyce Clifft, the program airs Thursday, March 15 at 7:30/6:30 p.m. CT. Actor Denny Miller has spent five decades appearing on popular television series such as "The Rifleman," "Wagon Train," "The Fugitive," "The Six Million Dollar Man," "Fantasy Island," "Murder, She Wrote," "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman" and scores of others--many of them Westerns. In 1959, at the outset of his career, he captured the starring role in the theatrical release Tarzan, The Ape Man . In this segment, Miller talks about his days as Tarzan as well as his connection to former University of Louisville coach Denny Crum, a close friend since the days the two played basketball together at UCLA. 

Next, the program looks at one of the premier collections of Tarzan memorabilia and pays a visit to a unique and little-known collection in the University of Louisville photographic archives.

More on Britney's Tarzana Adventure
From the Marv Wolfman Blog ~ February 21, 2007
So the other day Noel and I were driving along Ventura Blvd. when we saw TV news crews lining the street. Well, we see them all the time, and besides, they were in front of what I knew to be the Edgar Rice Burroughs offices so I assumed there was some announcement going on inside. There is supposedly a John Carter movie in the works and there's always something happening with Tarzan. I was wrong. Butting the ERB offices happens to be Esther's Hair Salon. The place I've gone to for a zillion years to have my admittedly sparse hairline trimmed and styled as best any human can make it, and Esther is about the best I know. But they weren't there to ask Esther about fringing my follicles. They were there because just a short bit before what's her name the pop tart shaved off her own hair and Esther applied the finishing touches. 
(The cut locks are being auctioned off on eBay for a possible cool million)
ME TARZAN? Well almost.
I sat anxiously in the waiting room of Orlando, Florida, attorney Russel Hornsby, (deceased). I had just been interviewed by the board of directors of a planned multi-million dollar TARZAN LAND attraction adjacent to the highly secretive planned DISNEY WORLD attraction on farm land near Kisssimmee, Florida. Several years prior I had leased the MARINE WONDERLAND, facilities located on US  Highway 1, in Titusville Florida, to winter my Dolphins, Sea lions, and other aquatic animals. I met JOHNNY WEISMUELLER, and his agent JERRY EDEN, when they stopped by unannounced and visited the attraction one day. We became friends, and continued to remain friends throughout the years. Unknown to me at the time Johnny, and his company were conducting a nation wide media search for someone of description and talent to portray JOHNNY WEISMUELLER, in his life story (MGM) and continue on as the next TARZAN. I later learned that Johnny, had wanted  me to portrait him in his life story and that was the reason I had been called for an interview with the TARZAN LAND, board of directors for  their approval.

JERRY EDEN, came out of the meeting room and asked me to come back in. The chairman, informed me that they had all agreed, and that I would portrait JOHNNY WEISMUELLER, in his life's story, become the next movie TARZAN, and also appear at the proposed TARZAN LAND attraction until the age 50, when the contract would expire. I was 37 at the time.  Financial agreements had already been drawn up and were signed. It was a surreal moment to believe that me,  an uneducated country hick from the back woods of Kentucky, would someday carry on the legacy of movie land Tarzans. BUT, IT WAS NOT TO BE!  From my understanding the heirs of EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS, exercised  their proprietary rights and demanded a larger portion of the revenue. A satisfactory mutual agreement could not be achieved and my contract  to become the next TARZAN, was rendered useless when the project was abandoned.

Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Martian novels ahead of their time
Dr. Ronnie Faulkner by Shannon RyalsCampbell University News Release ~ February 16, 2007
Tharks, Therns and a race of black supremacists called the Pirates of Barsroom inhabit early 20th century writer Edgar Rice Burroughs’ series of novels about the planet Mars. Dr. Ronnie Faulkner, director of Campbell University’s Carrie Rich Memorial Library, contends that far from expressing the views of his time, Burroughs’ attitudes about race relations were as futuristic as his novels. "The Martian novels of Edgar Rice Burroughs provide an early paradigm of racial tolerance by displacing the race conflicts involving whites, Native Americans, African Americans and Asians to a remote interplanetary location," Faulkner said at a recent program sponsored by the Department of Government, History and Justice.

Ironically, in novels like A Princess of Mars, The Gods of Mars and Thuvia, Maid of Mars, Burroughs’ hero is a Virginian and a Confederate soldier, Captain John Carter, who has been mysteriously transported to the Red Planet. Through conflicts with the different ethnic groups—Red Men, Green Men (Tharks), white men (Therns) and so on, Carter introduces a level of racial acceptance, integration and harmony almost unheard of on earth at the time. Burroughs also endows the Pirates of Barsoom, his race of black supremacists, with superior powers. They aren’t portrayed negatively, but as fearless fighters who raid the Therns and carry off female captives. The figure who sits at the apex of Martian religion, the Goddess Issus, is also of the black race. Unlike other novelists of his day Burroughs broke racial stereotypes. For example, Thomas Dixon, author of  The Clansman (1905), describes a black Union soldier in his novel as "short, heavy-set, with a neck like the lower order of animals," but Burroughs' race of black Martian men have "clear cut, handsome features and skin of polished ebony."

"The popular racial attitudes in the United States at the beginning of the 20th century centered on the concept of white supremacy and Anglo-Saxon superiority," Faulkner said. "Burroughs' hero served as a catalyst to move all of the races on the planet Mars toward a unified humanity, a lesson that could benefit the 21st century world." Born in 1875, Edgar Rice Burroughs is also the author of the Tarzan books. 

Serb village to erect monument to 'famous son Tarzan' 
AFP News ~ February 16, 2007
A tiny Serbian hamlet on the border with Romania has launched an initiative to build a monument to Johnny Weissmuller, the late actor famed for his role as "Tarzan." Weissmuller, a five-time Olympic swimming gold-medallist, was born in 1904 in the village of Medja, in the Banat region that straddles the two countries but was then part of the Austro-Hungarian empire. He died in 1984. The inhabitants of the hamlet were inspired by the decision earlier this week by another Serbian village to erect a statue of Sylvester Stallone's famous film character, boxer Rocky Balboa, in a bid to rid itself of bad luck. The house in which Weissmuller was born still exists, and several members of his family were buried in the local cemetery, said Kosnic, adding a family descendant, Tereza Stojanovic, lives in the Serbian capital Belgrade. The monument would be the third such initiative launched in the former Yugoslavia in recent years to honour Hollywood icons. In neighbouring Bosnia in November 2005, the southern town of Mostar unveiled a statue of late martial arts legend Bruce Lee as a symbolic protest against ethnic division. More>>>
Johnny Weissmuller Tells Me:
1938.01.29 LAX Hollywood Parade blog reprint
That he has disappointed and disillusioned more people than probably any other actor that ever came to the screen. The brawny star of jungle pictures who deserts the superman standard set by his Tarzan in his new film, Man of Borneo, is delighted over his change of character. "It’s been several years since I began the first Tarzan, and now I don’t mind telling you that the toughest part of it was the off-screen role I had to play."At parties I was a definite disappointment to those who expected me to grab the first pretty brunette to the right and depart via the chandelier and a tree outside the window. "After her first meal, every new cook we ever had would look upon me with undisguised scorn just because I didn’t eat a meal that would choke a horse. "Once, to please a bunch of kids, I attempted the Tarzan yell — you know, that ear-shattering howl which the sound men create by dubbing the voices of three men with iron lungs. Well, for three weeks I couldn’t speak, either on the screen or off."
1939.01.29 ~ SFC Douglas Churchill blog reprint
Tarzan is becoming downright garrulous. In his current artistic masterpiece, Tarzan in Exile, he will speak 118 words, which Johnny Weissmuller says puts him in the young intellectual class. Weissmuller says further that if the trend persists he will have to begin studying his role. With Tarzan rated as one of the better minds, his followers will no longer be content with chest-thumping and occasional grunts. The ape-man’s vocabulary resulted from MGM’s recognition of the fact that it would be impossible for a man to live with a woman for five years without being able to say something in his own defense. Tarzan in Exile – the title probably will be changed to Son of Tarzan – picks up the purveyor of anthropoid grunts five years after he and Maureen O’Sullivan find Master John Sheffield in the wreckage of a plane which crashed and killed the youngster’s parents. Metro felt that the plot has been used in the other Tarzan films has worn itself out and that novelties must be injected in future epics. In keeping with this theory Tarzan Jr., is brought into the picture and Miss O’Sullivan dies under the feet of an elephant stampede, although studio attaches have great faith in her ultimate survival and believe that in the next one her miraculous escape will be accounted for. 

In addition to Cheetah, the ape, who has aided Tarzan in many of his major acts of mercy, the jungle household now includes a goat with Cheetah serving as dairymaid, a sloth, whose disposition is not all it should be, and a baby elephant for Junior to ride. This tiny pachyderm supposedly is the smallest one in the United States, it is 16 months old, 45 inches tall and weighs 560 pounds. The young beast has been adopted by Tarzan’s two mature elephants, which are owned by Frank Whitbeck, head of MGM’s advertising department. Having once been with a circus, Whitbeck has his two animals around for pets and to keep from being homesick for the sawdust. Certain people around the lot who feel that Tarzan pictures should make an occasional concession to fact called attention to a glaring flaw. Tarzan lives in Africa; the three elephants are from India. So the makeup department was called upon and rubber ears were built to make them indistinguishable from the African variety and forestall criticism from mammologists.

Kintaro - Tarzan of the Japanese Jungle
Intermediate Lesson #47 - Podcast ~ February 16th, 2007 
Learn intermediate Japanese with! Today we are back with another mukashi banashi, or folk tale. In this lesson, we introduce a classic that pretty much every native Japanese person will know - Kintaro. In many ways similar to the Tarzan of the west, this is a tale that many of us can find something familiar in. Tune in to listen. More>>>
Interview Excerpt: Joe R. Lansdale Channels Edgar Rice Burroughs ~ February 13, 2007
SciFi: Your book Tarzan: The Lost Adventure was co-authored by the late Edgar Rice Burroughs. How did that project come about? What were you given to work with to write this book? 
Lansdale: I was given the first pages of the book he started. About 80 or so. I moved some of the scenes he wrote to later places in the book, used lines of his in later places. Used most of the opening as was. Had I not moved these things about, Tarzan would have whacked a lion or panther on every other page. I also changed the dialogue, which was kind of out of step. The blacks were all Stepin Fetchit characters. It wasn't Burrough's best work, and that may have been the reason it had lain in the safe. It was fun to work with, though. Sentimentally, Burroughs is my favorite writer. More>>>
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FILMFAX #113 January/March 2007 - a giant double issue - is currently on newstands and has a four-page interview with Lee Chase done by Scott Tracy Griffin of the L.A. subERBs.  The interview had originally been conducted in 2002 at Lee's home as part of Patrice Bonnyrat's planned documentary on ERB. The magazine features the St. John jacket illo from Tarzan at the Earth's Core and displays the headline: "The Boy Who Knew TARZAN! Lee Chase Remembers His Stepfather Edgar Rice Burroughs!"  Interior photos, dj illos, and graphics were provided by George McWhorter, Phil Normand and Frank Puncer. Look for a photo of Glenn Morris's wife that is mistakenly identified as Florence Gilbert (Burroughs).
Episode 27: 1st Anniversary Edition of Jeff "Elmo" Long's 
Dateline Jasoom Podcast
ERB DictatesPhoto Copyright Bill Hillman  .Photo by Bill Hillman ~ Copyright
is currently beaming to all ERB Worlds via Gridley Wave. 
It's been a year of podcasting on the Gridley Wave Network. 
Thanks to Pete Ogden at ERBANIA
this week's Podcast brings you a 1960s interview with 
Joan (Burroughs) Pierce
 that includes a soundbite of ERB dictating a Tarzan novel
Also: Johnny Carson as the Apeman. 
Guillermo del Toro, filmmaker, speaks:
Hollywood Reporter ~ February 8, 2007
"We're developing the screenplay with (screenwriter) John Collee (for Warners). What I'm fascinated about Tarzan is the same thing I'm fascinated about Hellboy or about the story of Ofelia in "Pan's Labyrinth," which is how we are shaped by the choices we make, how we basically will ourselves into being. I love the fact that Tarzan is a character that has to learn to become an ape, and then he has to learn to become a man. His final life and persona are shaped by these two decisions." More>>>
More del Toro Motes & Quotes
The celebrated Mexican moviemaker says he has always felt cheated by Tarzan films because they never focus on the jungle hero's childhood. He says, "The idea is to try to do a version unlike any other, in the sense that Tarzan's formative years, growing through the jungle, are incredibly tough and brutal. . . . There's always this idyllic sense of the jungle being like a Disney set and I want to portray how this guy becomes the toughest animal in the jungle." I’m reading mostly Tarzan novels right now. I’m reading the entire canon of Tarzan, in order. He’s one of those characters that you remember one way as a kid, and you say, ‘Was he that cool?’ I had read 15 of the novels – I was lacking a good chunk – so I said, why don’t I go complete the collection, buy them all, and read them in order? They’re much nastier than the Tarzan in the movies, and much more complex than the Tarzan in the movies. They have more monsters and adventures and lost cities. They have a lot more going in the fantasy aspects.

Great book. Why isn't it a movie?
Toronto Star ~ Feb 03, 2007 
Good intentions aside, some of the best-known books of all time have yet to make it to the big screen. Will they ever? . . .thanks to prima donna authors, dying directors and the occasional world war, some of the best-known books of all time just never get made. 
A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs: Few books have flummoxed Hollywood quite as effectively as the Tarzan author's first novel about an American Civil War veteran who goes prospecting in Arizona and, when set upon by Indians, is mysteriously transported to Mars. Published in 1917, it was lined up to be Disney's first animated feature but was beaten to the toss by Snow White. Another attempt was made in the '80s with Tom Cruise but it bankrupted the production company. Paramount recently acquired the rights. More>>>
What Disney's deal with Robert Zemeckis really means for WDFA . . . and ERB
Jim Hill Toon Tuesday ~ February 6, 2007
The multi award-winning team of Robert Zemeckis, Jack Rapke and Steve Starkey join forces with The Walt Disney Studios to set-up a new performance capture film company, it was jointly announced by Dick Cook, chairman, The Walt Disney Studios and producer/director Robert Zemeckis. The company will create films using the performance capture technology, a technique of digitally recording actors' movements that are fed into a computer allowing for the development of state-of-the-art 3D motion pictures. In making the announcement Cook said, "The creation of this new company is yet another step in our leadership role in cutting edge technology as it relates to the movie industry." 

Following up on the success of "Polar Express," Zemeckis was executive producer on his second performance capture film, the Academy Award-nominated Best Animated Film "Monster House," with Rapke and Starkey producing. Additionally, Zemeckis is directing and producing the performance capture film, "Beowulf," with Rapke and Starkey also producing. The film is due out in theaters in 2007. 

Once John Lasseter & Robert Zemeckis join forces (This is reportedly why the Walt Disney Company just optioned Edgar Rice Burroughs' ( "John Carter of Mars" books. So that John & Robert could then then work together to develop this potential new franchise for the studio. The first installment of which will supposedly will be directed by "Finding Nemo" helmer Andrew Stanton) ... Well, there'll just be no stopping Mickey then. Disney will literally be able to steamroller right over its competition (I.E. DreamWorks Animation, Sony Animation, Blue Sky Studios et al). More>>>

FAA Approves Aeros Airship in Tarzana
San Fernando Business Journal ~ February 5, 2007
Worlwide Aeros Corp. received Federal Aviation Administration approval for its Aeros 40D Sky Dragon, the Tarzana company announced. The Type Certification is given by the FAA when an aircraft has met its regulations for airworthiness. The Sky Dragon was designed around the market demand for an airship capable of multi-mission applications ranging from advertising and broadcast camera work to sensor suites platform while maintaining a low cost of operation, the company said. The Sky Dragon is 153 feet long with 100,000 cubic feet of volume. More>>>
Brief bios tell tales behind the names on Author's Walk ~ January 30, 2007
 Back in November 1999 when the Library Center, the Springfield-Greene County Library District's first destination library, opened to the public, patrons were intrigued and appreciative of the innovative Authors' Walk. Eight years later, visitors to the Library Center still remark on the Authors' Walk of 93 names of classic and contemporary writers who represent the best of world literature.  Each name is separated by a brass leaf, the motif that is used throughout the 83,000-square-foot facility. In addition to the purely decorative and cool nature of the Authors' Walk, it could also serve as a quick primer to the literary greats. If you are of a mind to pursue this educational project, librarian Mary Harrison has made it easy for you.

She has researched and compiled brief biographies for each author: Isaac Asimov, Jane Austen, James Baldwin, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Truman Capote, Willa Cather, Anton Chekhov, Beverly Cleary, Emily Dickinson, John Dos Passos, Robert Frost, Carson McCullers, Sylvia Plath, Marcel Proust, John Steinbeck, Robert Louis Stevenson, Jonathan Swift, Leo Tolstoy, Kurt Vonnegut, Booker T. Washington, Walt Whitman and Oscar Wilde are some examples. This extensive list is on the library's Web site, thelibrary .org. Click on the "Library info" link at the top of the page and "Hours & locations." Zoom to the Library Center and find the link to the Authors' Walk. More>>>

Episode 26 of Jeff "Elmo" Long's Dateline Jasoom Podcast is currently beaming to all ERB Worlds via Gridley Wave. Visit to hear:  THIS IS POLODA ~ Introducing Della and, "Damsels in Distress" -- a panel discussion from WindyCon 2006 led by S. T. Clemmons.

Circus News ~ January 30, 2007
 “A Circus Season: Travels With Tarzan” has been re-released and is now available on DVD. “Travels With Tarzan” goes inside the world of a traveling tent circus for an intimate look at one of the few remaining family-owned shows in America—the Tarzan Zerbini Circus. The spellbinding performances along with the daily grind of constant travel, backbreaking work and changing weather form the background against which the characters are revealed struggling with love, loss, betrayal, and the weight of their family legacies during one hard season on the road. Featured performers are Patricia Zerbini with The Tarzan Zerbini Performing Elephants, Joseph Dominick Bauer on the Wheel of Thrills, Othmar Vohringer with his Siberian White Tigers, and many others. Produced by Pony Highway Productions, with an original score by Charles Gross, the feature-length “Travels With Tarzan” was broadcast nationally on PBS, and was previously available only on VHS. More>>>
Disney Theatrical Productions Press Release 
NEW YORK, Jan. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Following an historic 2006 marked by tremendous growth and unparalleled success on Broadway, in touring markets, and internationally, Disney Theatrical Productions (Thomas Schumacher, Producer, Disney Theatrical Productions) is preparing for a 2007 which promises exciting collaborations with some of theatre's most talented artists. . .
Disney Theatrical Productions started 2006 with the world premiere of Broadway's high-flying adventure, TARZAN(R), one of the most artistically innovative shows to come to Broadway in recent memory. Featuring direction, set, and costume design by multi-Tony Award(R) winner Bob Crowley, and music by Academy Award(R) and multiple-GRAMMY(R) winner Phil Collins, TARZAN(R) has thrilled audiences since opening in May 2006. Heralded by Time Magazine as "sensational" and by The Financial Times as "the only show of the [2005-2006] season that places us joyously in a world of wonder," TARZAN(R) has proven to be a hit, having set the box office record at the Richard Rodgers Theatre an impressive five times in 2006. Audiences have responded enthusiastically with over 368,000 people having seen the show on Broadway to date.
Disney's first international production of TARZAN(R) is currently in rehearsals and will open April 15, 2007 at the Circustheatre near Amsterdam. The production is a continuation of a long-standing partnership between Disney Theatrical Productions and Stage Entertainment, the collaboration that has mounted six Disney musicals in Europe, grossing over $400 million in ticket sales.

(C) 2006 Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., and Disney Enterprises Inc. All rights reserved. 
TARZAN(R) owned by Edgar Rice Burroughs Inc. and used by permission.

The Collected Comics Library 
The premiere site for news and information for DC Archive Editions, Marvel Masterworks, Marvel Essentials, other high-end comic books and trade paperbacks! This week's feature is all about Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle, the newspaper strips, the comic books and the collected editions.

"Prison Break" star Sarah Wayne Callies, who plays Dr. Sara Tancredi on the U.S. TV show, is expecting her first child with husband Josh Winterhalt. The baby is due in late summer, People magazine reports. Callies, 29, has been seen in several television shows throughout her career, including the short-lived series "Queens Supreme" and "Tarzan."

This Jane is the Tarzan of the wild
Economic Times News ~ January 23, 2007
KOLKATA: She is a legend. However, mention that to her and pat comes her reply: “But I am also real... I am me. When she arrived in Tanzania’s Gombe National Park in 1960, Jane Goodall was just in her mid-twenties, inspired by Tarzan and her intense love for animals and her passion for Africa. 

She was presented a stuffed chimp called Jubilee by her father when she was 18 months old. “But, this had nothing to do with my later journey into the wilds, Ms Goodall told ET in an exclusive interview. “I saved up for the travel to Africa. It was Professor Lewis Leakey, the palaeontologist, who triggered this journey that finally created my destiny. This was in 1960,” she said. As her research into the behavioural mechanisms of primates progressed, she discovered and drove home how close chimpanzees were to humans. This silently revolutionised prevalent theories on primate behaviour. In 1977, the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) crystallised in Arlington, Virginia. But it was a Wildlife Congress in 1986 which brought about a radical transformation. “I realised that chimps were vanishing. This turned me into an activist.” More>>>

Pulp Artist: David Burton
SeaCoast News ~ January 21, 2007 
Leanta Books, based in Lee, is the brainchild of David Burton, Kate Wiggin and Kylen Wiggin. Leanta means "well-read" in Gaelic. Leanta opened in May 2006 and thus far, it has published two books, with two more to come before May. Burton worked as an illustrator for a British publisher that is now out of business. His beloved genre was classic science-fiction. He had illustrated five chapters of "A Princess of Mars." The fans loved his work. After the publisher went out of business, his fans begged him to publish himself. He researched the market, talked to an intelligent property lawyer and began last May. "We hope to bring these books to younger people, to bring the classics to a whole new generation." 

Read complete review at David Burton Artist Journal IV in ERBzine 1715

Caz in Time Magazine
Time ~ January 22, 2007 issue
Camille E. Cazedessus -- longtime ERB fan and scholar, and publisher of the award-winning fanzine, ERB-dom and of the current zine Pulpdom -- has appeared in TIME's Letters Section in response to the magazine's choice for Person of the Year: YOU (representatives of the New Digital Democracy). "U.S. Troops in Iraq were the People of the Year, not a select group of computer users sitting on their backsides. We may be watching videos online, but they are putting their lives on the line. ~ Camille E. Cazedessus - Chimney Rock, Colorado."
See the Caz & ERB-dom Tributes in ERBzine
'Half-Animal' Woman Is Discovered 
After Spending 19 Years Alone in Cambodian Jungle
Fox News ~ January 19, 2007
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia  — A woman who disappeared in the jungles of northeastern Cambodia as a child has apparently been found after living in the wild for 19 years, police said Thursday. The woman — believed to be Rochom P'ngieng, now 27 years old — cannot speak any intelligible language, so details of her saga have been difficult to confirm. The girl, then 8 years old, disappeared one day in 1988 when she was herding buffalo in a remote northeastern jungle area. She was discovered this month after a villager noticed that food disappeared from a lunch box he left at a site near his farm. "He decided to stake out the area and then spotted a naked human being, who looked like a jungle person, sneaking in to steal his rice," said Chea Bunthoeun.Since being found, the woman has had difficulty adjusting to normal life, apparently because of her long stay in the wild, said Mao San. Authorities want medical experts to take DNA samples from the parents and the woman to see if they match. The woman's parents have given verbal consent for such a test, he said. More>>>
Discover the long history of humans raised in the wild in our massive Feral Children Project.

Jungle Girl Comes Home
TimesNow.TV ~ January 22, 2007
It's a story which strongly resembles Edgar Rice Burrough's 'Tarzan of the Apes' but the difference is this story is true.
 A woman, believed to be about 26 years old, went missing 18 years ago in the jungles of Cambodia. More>>>
Cambodia's 'jungle woman' offered trauma treatment
Canadian Press ~  January 22, 2007 
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia - Human rights groups fear that Cambodia's "jungle woman" is suffering from the spotlight cast on her since she emerged from the wild, and offered Monday to provide any needed medical and psychiatric treatment. A family claims the woman is 27-year-old Rochom P'ngieng, who disappeared in the jungle of Cambodia's northeastern Rattanakiri province while herding water buffaloes when she was eight years old. The family claims she is their long lost daughter, based on a scar on her right arm from an accident that occurred before her disappearance from the remote village of Oyadao. Their hut has drawn crowds of villagers and journalists, keen to see the woman whose family says she was found Jan. 13 walking like a monkey out of the jungle. She pats her stomach when hungry and uses animal-like grunts to communicate. Licadho, a non-governmental human rights group, fears the woman is enduring trauma after returning to society and could have been a victim of abuse, said Kek Galabru, the group's president. "We believe that this woman is a victim of some kind of torture, maybe sexual or physical," said Kek Galabru. "She must have experienced traumatic events in the jungle that have affected her ability to speak." Since the woman is unable to speak, her identity remains unclear with many questioning if she is indeed Rochom P'ngieng. More>>>
Disney on mission for "Mars" rights
Reuters ~  January 17, 2007
John Coleman Burroughs art: ERB and BarsoomLOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Walt Disney Co. is in final negotiations to acquire the film rights to Edgar Rice Burroughs' novels known collectively as the "John Carter of Mars" series. The 11-volume series began with the story titled "A Princess of Mars," published serially in All-Story magazine in 1912 and in novel form in 1916. Burroughs wrote it in longhand, and the original manuscript lies in a vault at a Bank of America in Tarzana, the Los Angeles municipality that takes its name from Burroughs' more famous creation, Tarzan. The series told of a Civil War officer named John Carter who is transported to Mars and finds himself a captive of the savage green men from Thark. Carter eventually rises to become a great warrior, marries a princess, raises a family and embarks on numerous adventures.

A representative of the Burroughs estate said the studio was acquiring the live-action rights for a possible franchise. However, sources at Disney believed "Mars" to be headed for animated adaptation through its Pixar unit. Disney declined comment. Disney had the rights to the series through most of the 1990s, when then-studio chief Jeffrey Katzenberg wanted to turn it into a cartoon. At one point, the project morphed into live action, and John McTiernan was involved as a director. Paramount Pictures nabbed the rights to the series in 2002, and more directors came and went, including Robert Rodriguez ("Sin City"), Kerry Conrad ("Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow") and Jon Favreau ("Iron Man"). Sources said Paramount let go of "Mars" about a year ago, and it was without a home until about a month ago, when Disney and Pixar came calling.

On Barsoom 
Britannica Blogs ~ January 15, 2007 
In June-July 2003 the National Aeronautics and Space Administration launched two probes toward the planet Mars. . . .What have they found? Among other things, powerful evidence that salty water deep enough to splash in once flowed over at least part of the surface. Other evidence of water in layered rocks. Clouds and dust devils in the atmosphere. . . .
The exploration of Mars, which in fact has hardly begun, stands in sharp contrast to the long history of wild speculation that has swirled about the “Red Planet,” some of it intended to be science fiction and some of it not. Two names stand out in the history of Mars-thought: H.G. Wells, whose novel War of the Worlds (1898) imagined a race of cruel creatures who invade Earth to destroy it, and Percival Lowell, who convinced himself that Mars had been inhabited once and that faint markings on the surface showed the locations of great canals constructed by the Martians. Then there was Edgar Rice Burroughs, the creator of Tarzan, who had his Virginia-born hero John Carter become a warlord among the various races of Mars in a long series ( of romantic novels. Ray Bradbury’s altogether different The Martian Chronicles (1950) is considered a masterpiece of science fiction. More>>>
Tarzan's children: Why movies about Africa require white saviors.
Tracing the history of the 'White folks to the rescue!' genre, from Tarzan to 'Blood Diamond.'
LA Times Opinion ~ January 14, 2007
. . . "White Folks to the Rescue!" is a glorious tradition that stretches back at least as far as the Tarzan movies, in which a selfless Caucasian — for mysterious self-actualization reasons — has taken up residence in the bowels of the primeval forest and repeatedly ensures that truth and justice prevail in sub-Saharan Africa, something the local black community has been unable to effectuate. 

In all these films, the underlying theme is the same: If you're black and you're poor, and your nation is torn by horrendous strife, and your neighbors are dropping like flies, there's no reason to get down in the dumps because sooner or later the Great White Hope will come through for you. Which, of course, is exactly the way things happen in real life. More>>>

ECOF 2007
Elaine Casella has planned ECOF 2007 for May 24, 25 & 26 at Vestal, New York
Attendees may stay at the Howard Johnson Express Inn where 14 rooms are being held until May 1st. 
Room Rates:
$69.95 for king-size bed (1 or 2 people)
$79.95 for 2 double beds, (1-4 people)  Tax is 11%. 
When calling for reservations, mention the "ECOF group."
3601 Vestal Parkway East (also known as Route 434 W.), Vestal, NY, 13850.
Phone: (607) 729-6181  ~  Fax: (607) 797-0309
(Telephone is the recommended method for reservations.)
The dealers' room will probably be at Courtyard Marriott .2 mi. east of the Howard Johnson.
Also mark your calendar for Dum-Dum 2007 Louisville, Kentucky -- August 2 - 5, 2007

Home of the Edgar Rice Burroughs Memorial Collection
There will be a formal dedication of the Bob Hyde Collection, and an exhibition of his ERB highlights.
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