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2004 Dum-Dum ~ June 25-26
Fort Collins, Colorado
Ramada Inn - Fort Collins
The Ramada Inn Fort Collins is a great hotel that offers easy access to I-25. It is located 70 minutes northwest of the Denver International Airport. This property is 5 minutes away from Colorado State University and only a short distance to Hewlett Packard, Kodak, Epic Center and Lincoln Center. The hotel features a large indoor swimming pool, children's wading pool, game and exercise area, lounge and restaurant. Whether your stay is for business or pleasure, you are sure to enjoy staying here. Each of the 197 tastefully appointed guest rooms feature all the standard amenities that today's modern traveler has come to expect. All rooms have a coffee maker, hair dryer, iron/ironing boards and much more. Comfortable facilities and convenience are qualities that you will come to expect as a guest of the Ramada Inn Fort Collins. A cordial and attentive staff is available to assist you with any needs that you might have. The hotel is minutes away from dining, shopping and entertainment venues. 
Shuttle Service from Denver to Fort Collins: Shamrock Airport Express: Phone: 970 - 482 - 0505.  One-way fare is something like $26.00 
Ramada Inn on Interstate 25
 $59 a night ~ Reservations: 970-484-4660

Registration Fee: $65.00
Send the check and registration to George McWhorter
The Burroughs Memorial Collection, University of Louisville Library, 
University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky 40292

FRIDAY: June 25

  • Huckster room opens at 10 a.m.
  • Glenn Morris 5k Run at 6 p.m.
  • Showing of three Glenn Morris films at 8 p.m.
 SATURDAY: June 26 
  • Huckster Room opens at 9 a.m.
  • Panel Discussion on Olympic Tarzans at 11 a.m.
  • Showing of three Glenn Morris films throughout day. 
  • Banquet at 7 p.m. ? Mike Chapman, master of ceremonies

 SUNDAY: June 27 

  • Farewell breakfast brunch at 8 a.m.

Glenn Morris bio by Mike Chapman
Honoring Glenn Morris, 1936 Olympic champion and film Tarzan No. 9, and enjoying the beauty of Colorado will be two of the main attractions of the 2004 Dum Dum. It is set for June 25-26 in Fort Collins, the home of Colorado State University.

Mike Chapman will host the event. He is author of the book The Gold and The Glory, which is the biography of Glenn Morris. He also hosted the 1997 Dum Dum in Newton, Iowa.

Mike offered Fort Collins to be the 2004 host site due to Glenn Morris’s connection to Tarzan, and because of the geographical beauty of the setting. Mike currently lives in Newton, Iowa, but was sports editor of the Fort Collins newspaper in the 1970s.

 “Dum-Dum people who have never been to Fort Collins are in for a real treat,” said Mike. “The Rocky Mountains flank Fort Collins on its western side and provide a majestic landscape. It is a beautiful setting.”

Mike’s two daughters live there and he visits the city frequently. He spent several days in Fort Collins in November to begin building interest in the Dum Dum. He met with the mayor, the executive director of the Fort Collins Convention and Visitors Bureau, and was also the guest speaker at seven different service organizations … all within a three-day period. He was also interviewed on the largest radio station in Fort Collins.

 “The mayor is going to declare Saturday, June 26, as Glenn Morris Day in Fort Collins,” said Mike. “He has pledged to help support the weekend event in any way he can. And so has the director of the convention and visitors bureau. They are really excited about this event coming to Fort Collins.”

The Dum Dum will be held at the Ramada Inn, which sits just 100 yards off of Interstate 25, the busiest freeway in the entire state. It connects Fort Collins (a city of 150,000) to Denver (50 miles south) and Cheyenne, Wyoming (35 miles north). 

The basic rate is $59 a night for Dum-Dum attendees. 
You can call 970-484-4660 to make your reservation.

Mike also met with officials from Colorado State University, where Morris was a standout athlete in both football and track. The college officials are also excited about the event coming to Fort Collins. “Colorado State University athletic people think this is wonderful,” said Mike. “They are going to promote the event on their web site and in press releases.”

The Dum Dum weekend will include showing of Glenn’s Tarzan film, “Tarzan’s Revenge,” and two other films he appeared in. “Decathlon Champion” is a ten-minute short produced shortly after his gold-medal performance in the Berlin Olympics. “Hold That Co-Ed” is a campus comedy starring George Murphy, Joan Davis and John Barrymore. Morris plays a college football star and is seen throughout the film.

A local running club is hosting a Glenn Morris 5K run on Friday, June 25. It will begin at 6 p.m. at the South College Fieldhouse ? the very spot where Glenn Morris trained for the Olympics in 1936. Dum Dum attendees will be able to walk on the indoor track where Glenn trained and see the brand new “Glenn Morris-CSU Track Hall of Fame” that has been established in the South College Fieldhouse.

The gold medal that Glenn won in 1936 in Berlin in the decathlon will be on display during the Dum Dum. Morris Ververs, a former high school principal in Glenn’s hometown of Simla, Colorado, is the custodian of the gold medal. He and Jim Larson, who served with Glenn Morris in the Navy during World War II, will both attend the convention.

Denny Miller, who played Tarzan in 1959 and starred on the TV hit series “Wagon Train,” will be one of the special guests in Fort Collins. He has just written his autobiography and it will be available at the Dum Dum.

A panel discussion is being planned to discuss the careers of the four Olympic athletes who played Tarzan ? Johnny Weissmuller, Herman Brix, Buster Crabbe and Glenn Morris. Mike says he is working on several other major guests.

More details will be forthcoming soon.
Read a Glenn Morris Article Reprint in ERBzine 0643

August 12-14, 2004

ECOF 2004 Flyer
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MEMBERSHIP: $75 includes

  • Registration Goody Bag 
  • Saturday Dinner Ticket 
  • Entry to all Events 
  • Door Prizes 
  • Free Table in Huckster Room



    We are offering associate memberships free of charge to family members/significant others. 
    These memberships allow entry into the huckster room.
    Additional Saturday Dinner Tickets available. 
    Contact Don Gray at 916.933.8050 or dgrayjr@sbcglobal.net
    Make cheques out to Don Gray ~ 3331 Besana Dr., El Dorado Hills, CA  95762


  • Dan Parsons - Artist (Official ECOF 2004 Artist) 
  • Tom Yeates - Artist 
  • John Eric Holmes - (author of Mahars of Pellucidar, Red  Axe, and Mordred a Buck Rogers story)
  • Richard Lupoff
  • Dick Lupoff - (science fiction author and editor of ERB's Canaveral Press firsts and reprints)

  • EVENTS: 

  • Thursday Night Dinner at Ralph Brown's House 
  • Huckster Room 
  • Complimentary Lunch 
  • Saturday Auction 
  • Saturday Night Dinner

  • HOTEL: 
    Vagabond, Inn ~ Sacramento, CA
    Vagabond Inn ~ 2030 Arden Way ~ Sacramento, CA 95823   ~ 800.793.2030 
    Reserve Room Under "CHAIN OF FRIENDSHIP"
    Single / Double Room Per Night: $79 (plus 12% & $1.25 County Assessment Fee)
    Mini-Suite: $89 ~ King w/ Queen Sofa Sleeper

    Close to stores & restaurants ~ 24 hr coffee service in lobby ~ Complimentary CA Breakfast 
    Computer and Internet Access ~ Microwave and Refrigerator in room ~ 
    Free Airport Shuttle (Reservations Required)
    Ask for one of the following rooms: 169-187 Ground Floor or 269-287 Second Floor
    These rooms are reserved for us and open to a quiet private and grassy area.

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    Those who pay the $75 registration fee prior to July 12th, 
    will receive, with their registration package,
    a high quality tee shirt printed with an original drawing created especially for the 2004 ECOF. 

    When your check is received at least 30 days in advance of the ECOF (July 12th)
    make sure you choose from the following.

    1. Colors:  Let us know your first and second choice of 
    White, Black, Forest Green (dark green), Gold, Light Blue, Lime Green, Maroon, Navy Blue, Orange, Red, Royal Blue (a little lighter than the Navy), Kelly Green (more a traditional green), Teal Blue, or Yellow. 

    2. Image Color:  Black OR White. (White printing will look better on the darker colored shirts)

    3. Size:  Small, Medium, Large, Xlarge, 2Xlarge, 3Xlarge

    4. One of the following two original drawings:

    Extra Tee Shirts Are Available At $10 Per Shirt

    Don Gray
    Ralph Brown
    Tom Tolley

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