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Saturday, August 18, 2012

SAN FERNANDO VALLEY CELEBRATES EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS

CHERISHING OUR VALLEY      2012

On Friday, August 17th, the San Fernando Valley (indeed all America) celebrated the centennial of the publishing of the original Tarzan by Edgar Rice Burroughs with the unveiling of a new "forever" United State postage stamp.

With The Museum of the San Fernando Valley's own Willard Simms as master of ceremonies, a crowd of over 400 were treated to special music created for the occasion by Theatre of Will, biographies of Burroughs, and even a young Tarzan and one of his famous Apes. The afternoon was warm, but comfortable under a great tent provided at the Tarzana Community Center.



First Day of Issue stamp and envelope signed by members of the family of Edgar Rice Burroughs, U.S. Congressman Brad Sherman, California State Senator Fran Pavley, Los Angeles City Councilman Dennis Zine, and Members of the Board of Directors of The Museum. 


Mel Sofian, whose signature appears to the left within the circle, worked tirelessly to encourage the U.S. Postal Service to issue the Burroughs stamp.


 Tarzan #12, Denny Miller of Las Vegas, starred as Tarzan in the 1959 remake of "Tarzan the Ape-Man attended the special event.



The Museum of the San Fernando Valley board members along with U.S. Congressman Brad Sherman enjoyed the memorable occasion. (From LtoR - Michel Stevens, Scott Sterling, Congressman Sherman, Kristine Keller, Willard Simms and Gerald Fecht)

Interested in being part of The Museum's commitment to preserving the history of Edgar Rice Burroughs?  Contact us:

Willard Simms - Chairman of The Edgar Rice Burroughs Project 


The Museum of the San Fernando Valley 
Mailing Address:
21031 Ventura Blvd., Suite 419
Woodland Hills, CA 91364-2230 
Museum messages for Willard Simms; Tel: 1 (818) 347-9665

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