What is Dum Dum 2015?


Written by Jadan Washington  |

Edgar Rice Burroghs was an American author who is best known for his creation of the characterBurroughs Dum Dum Tarzan. His family, holding him in high regard had decided to promote his legacy. Founded in 1960,  just ten years after Edgar Rice Burroughs’ death, the Burroughs Bibliophiles sponsored an annual convention known as a “Dum Dum”. This year the event will be held at Clinton Connecticut’s Andrews Memorial Town Hall, August 20-23. The Dum Dum is being organized and hosted by Peggy Adler & Harry Swaun, both of Clinton.

To promote this great convention for Morgan students, The Morgan School will be holding an essay and art contest. The Burroughs Bibliophiles publish a quarterly journal called the “Burroughs Bulletin” where the winners work will be published. The winners will also receive a small tote bag which will include: a t-shirt, Audio CD of “Tarzan” radio show, A DVD tribute to Denny Miller, “Broadway Tails” a book by Bill Berloni, a gift card, and a slew of different Dum Dum informational items.

The event will have a plethora of guest speakers and interesting events. There will be a movie marathon, Tarzan yell competition, auction of Edgar Rice Burroughs memorabilia. There will be a large number of vendors. A great concept change to this event, is to make sure that a majority of these events will be free for the public.  The only fee will be to attend the banquet which will be held at the Clinton Country Club. If you are planning to attend this banquet,  the money must be sent in by August 12th. For a detailed schedule of events look below, and for more general information, please visit Erbzine.com.

Burroughs BulletinThursday, August 20
Noon – 6:00 pm, Dealer & Banquet Registration Check-in/Huckster room set-up, (Green Room) 
Tarzan Yell Competition Sign-up (Green Room) 
2:00 pm, Book Barn @ Niantic 
Dinner on your own (see Economic Development Commission [EDC] Restaurant Guide) 
6:30 pm, “Beatles Forever” Outdoor Concert at Vece Gazebo, 75 East Main Street (free) 
(In case of rain the concert will be in Andrews Memorial Town Hall’s Auditorium)
  (Sponsored by the Clinton Chamber of Commerce)
7:30 pm, “The Many Faces of Tarzan” (1989) [by permission of Tom Lavagnino] (Auditorium) 
8:45 pm, Burroughs Bibliophile Board Meeting (Rose Room)

Friday, August 21
Breakfast, on your own (see EDC Restaurant Guide) 
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, Huckster Room open in the Green Room 
9:00 am, Banquet Registration Check-in
Tarzan Yell Competition Sign-up (Green Room) 
9:00 am, “Tarzan Finds a Son” (1939) Johnny Weissmuller * (Auditorium) 
10:30 am, “Tarzan’s Magic Fountain” (1949), Lex Barker [by permission of ERB, Inc.] (Auditorium) 
12:00 pm, Lunch on your own (see EDC Restaurant Guide) 
1:00 pm, “Tarzan” TV Series (1967), Ron Ely (Auditorium) * 
“The Perils of Charity Jones” [Parts 1 & 2] (guest starring Julie Harris) 
3:00 pm, “Tarzan” (1999), Disney Animated Feature (Auditorium) * 
4:30 pm, “Tarzan’s Many Genres” ( Books, Comics, Radio, Stage, Screen (live action &
          animation and TV).  Panel moderator: Scott Tracy Griffin
          Panelists: Will Murray, Joe DeVito, Alexander Simmons & Michael R. Hudson
6:00 pm, Dinner on your own (see EDC Restaurant Guide) 
7:30 pm, Video Tribute to Denny Miller (Auditorium)
8:30 pm, Chicago Muckers/The National Capital Panthans Joint Meeting (Rose Room)

Saturday, August 22
Breakfast on your own (see EDC Restaurant Guide) 
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, Huckster Room open in the Green Room 
9:00 am, “John Carter” (2012) (Auditorium)
11:15 am, ERB’s influence on modern Sci-Fi (Auditorium)
           Panel discussion will be moderated by Scott Tracy Griffin: 
     Panelists: Jake (Buddy Saunders), Diana Leto, Mark Ellis & Thomas Yeates 
12:00 pm, Lunch on your own (see EDC Restaurant Guide) 
1:00 pm, Tarzan Yell Competition – Emcee will be Clinton’s own Dennis Donovan (Auditorium) 
2:00 pm, “The Search for Sandy” [by permission of Bill Berloni] (Auditorium) 
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Public Auction of ERB memorabilia (Rose Room) 
 (Bill Ross auctioneer “extraordinairre”)
6:00 pm, Cash Bar & Banquet (Clinton Country Club/128 Old Post Road aka Rte 145) 
> 2015 Outstanding Achievement Award, posthumously, to Denny Miller
> Guest of Honor: Bill Berloni, Tony Award Winning Animal Trainer 
  [Stage (i.e. “Annie”), screen & television] Training Animals to Perform – Then & Now
9:00 pm, Fireworks Extravaganza (Clinton Town Beach) 
         [Clinton Chamber of Commerce]

Sunday, August 23
8:30 am, Farewell Breakfast at the Clinton Town Beach’s 
picnic pavilion, with the food (Dutch Treat) from the beach’s Hazy Daze concession. 

* In Partnership with the Henry Carter Hull Library of Clinton, CT

Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a responsible adult

Additionally, there will be presentations in the Andrews Memorial Town Hall’s  Rose Room.