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ERBzine News: Chapman Honoured ~ Birthdays ~ Australian Rant ~ Foster ~ Tarzan & Spies ~ Barsoom Interior

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  • Bill and Sue-On Hillman
    ERBzine News www.ERBzine.com/news A good weekend for birthdays ~ Here s a few of the many celebrating this weekend: Johnny Weissmuller ~ Sue-On Hillman ~
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      ERBzine News
      A good weekend for birthdays ~ Here's a few of the many celebrating this weekend:
      Johnny Weissmuller ~ Sue-On Hillman ~ Angelina Jolie ~ Ron Wood & Charlie Watts ~ Pat Boone ~ Tony Curtis ~ Josephine Baker ~ Maurice Evans ~ Marilyn Monroe ~ Henry VIII
      More at: www.brainyhistory.com
      Mike Chapman honoured at Wrestling Hall of Fame
      National Wrestling Hall of Fame ~ June 3, 2007
      Mike Chapman of Newton, Iowa has been elected to receive the Order of Merit from the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum in Stillwater, Okla. The Order of Merit is presented to an individual who has made significant contribution to the advancement of wrestling, other than success as an athlete or coach. The winner is selected by a vote of the Distinguished Members of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. Chapman, a professional journalist with a passion for wrestling, has been a leader within the sport for decades with a
      focus on the promotion of the sport. His involvement has been at many levels, including as a publisher, author, historian, publicist and speaker. Gifted as a writer and communicator, Chapman has used those skills to tell the stories of wrestling's heroes and bring the excitement and drama of the sport to millions of people worldwide. He has also written biographies of three movie stars from the past - Herman Brix, Glenn Morris and Tom Tyler. Because of his interest in Tarzan, Chapman received the Golden Lion Award, given annually to a person who has helped further the worldwide popularity of Tarzan. More>>>
      Me Thorpie, you Jane
      The Australian ~ June 02, 2007
      Many an athlete descending from Olympian heights seems excessively subject to the forces of gravity. Take . . . To head off the flab I urge an Australian film producer to send a cheque to the descendants of Edgar Rice Burroughs and travel to some remaining skerrick of Queensland's tropical rainforests to star young Ian in a Tarzan film. That used to be standard procedure. Herman Brix, who died recently (at 100!), won Olympic silver as a putter of shot. He then started tossing himself around as Tarzan. As did other Olympians - Buster Crabbe, Glenn Morris and Johnny Weissmuller, the Thorpie of his era. Each of them took turns in thumping their pectorals and yodelling in the treetops. More>>>
      Valiant effort to honor cartoonist is paying off
      A Skokie man's tenacity gets 'Prince Valiant' creator Hal Foster's work prominent showing
      Chicago Tribune ~ June 3, 2007 ~ More>>>
      See also the Harold Foster Tribute Pages in ERBzine:
      C'est Vrai: 'Tarzan' filming helped reveal German spying
      The Daily Advertiser ~ June 3, 2007
      You may remember an earlier discussion here about how the filming of the first Tarzan movie was interrupted by the outbreak of World War I. That's apparently why one of its crew members was arrested as a spy. Some military craft were being built by the Union Bridge & Iron Works in a shipyard across Bayou Boeuf "in full view from Avoca Island, where much of the filming of Tarzan was done," according to newspaper accounts. The Morgan City Review of Dec. 20, 1917, reported that Beebe Bean, a woman in the crew who posed as a man and went by the name of Jack Bean, was arrested in San Francisco "at the home of Franz Schulenberg, a master spy for the German Secret Service." Schulenberg reportedly had worked as an extra on several movies, but I don't know whether he was involved with the Tarzan filming. Be that as it may, the arresting agents uncovered plans "for the establishment of a German U-boat base in South Louisiana and authorities were investigating the presence of German sailors hiding in the inland waterways and swamps of South Louisiana," according to the report. The account assured, "The possibility of sabotage (of the shipyard) and of the Atchafalaya Bay Ship Channel by German U-boats lurking in the Gulf of Mexico was very real." There were similar tales during World War II of submarines coming into (entirely too shallow) Louisiana bayous to stop and shop for Evangeline Maid bread and Regal beer.
      Entrance to Barsoom Interior
      NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day Site ~ 2007
      Black spots have been discovered on Mars that are so dark that nothing inside can be seen. Quite possibly, the spots are entrances to deep underground caves capable of protecting Martian life, were it to exist. The unusual hole pictured at the NASA photo site was found on the slopes of the giant Martian volcano Arsia Mons. It was captured by the HiRISE instrument onboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter currently
      circling Mars. The holes were originally identified on lower resolution images from the Mars Odyssey spacecraft. The hole is about the size of a football field and is so deep that it is completely unilluminated by the Sun. Such holes and underground caves might be prime targets for future spacecraft, robots, and even the next generation of human interplanetary explorers. More>>>
      Man Clad In Underwear Pins Leopard
      Yahoo! News ~ May 29, 2007
      A man clad only in underwear and a T-shirt wrestled a wild leopard to the floor and pinned it for 20 minutes after the cat leapt through a window of his home and hopped into bed with his sleeping family. "This kind of thing doesn't happen every day," said 49-year-old Arthur Du Mosch, a nature guide. "I don't know why I did it. I wasn't thinking, I just acted." Authorities said it was probably food that lured the big cat. Du Mosch's pet cat was in the bed with him at the time, along with his young daughter who had been frightened by a mosquito in her own room. The leopard was very weak when park rangers arrived at Du Mosch's home after the surprise late-night visit. He said nature officials would likely release it back into the wild. More>>>
      Tarzan's Big Weekend Holiday Didn't Go As Planned . . .

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