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Trivia Fact of the Month for July 2015

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Edgar Rice Burroughs was best known for his creations of the jungle hero Tarzan and the heroic Mars adventurer John Carter, although he produced works in many genres.

He actually led a pretty exciting life of his own.

Graduating in 1895, and failing the entrance exam for the United States Military Academy (West Point), he ended up as an enlisted soldier with the 7th U.S. Cavalry in Fort Grant, Arizona Territory. After being diagnosed with a heart problem and thus ineligible to serve, he was discharged in 1897.

By 1911, after seven years of low wages, he was working as a pencil-sharpener wholesaler and began to write fiction. During this period, he had copious spare time and he began reading many pulp fiction magazines. In 1929 he recalled thinking that

…if people were paid for writing rot such as I read in some of those magazines, that I could write stories just as rotten. As a matter of fact, although I had never written a story, I knew absolutely that I could write stories just as entertaining and probably a whole lot more so than any I chanced to read in those magazines.

In either 1915 or 1919, Burroughs purchased a large ranch north of Los Angeles, California, which he named “Tarzana.” The citizens of the community that sprang up around the ranch voted to adopt the ranch’s name when their community, Tarzana, California was formed in 1927. In addition, the unincorporated community of Tarzan, Texas, was formally named in 1927 when the US Postal Service accepted the name.

In the 1920s Burroughs became a pilot, purchasing a Security Airster S-1 and encouraged his family to learn to fly.

In 1923 Burroughs set up his own company, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., and began printing his own books through the 1930s.

Burroughs was in his late 60s and a resident of Hawaii at the time of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Despite his age, he applied for and received permission to become a war correspondent, becoming one of the oldest U.S. war correspondents during World War II.

After the war ended, Burroughs moved back to Encino, California, where, after many health problems, he died of a heart attack on March 19, 1950. He is buried at Tarzana, Los Angeles County in California.

He wrote almost 80 novels. The Science Fiction Hall of Fame inducted Burroughs in 2003.

 

Calendar for the Week of July 6, 2015

Day Time Event Location
Monday 1:00 pm Movie, Wild Lounge
Tuesday 8:15 am Walking Buddies
Wednesday 9:30 am – 11:00 am Blood Pressure Screening Lobby, drop-in, no appointment
Wednesday 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm HICAP Counseling appointment required
Thursday 8:15 am Walking Buddies
Friday noon – 1:00 pm Ice Cream Social Assembly Hall

This calendar publishes the activities that change from week to week. See the Weekly Activity page for weekly activities, and the newsletter for more details on activities.

Some activities for Walnut Creek Seniors Club members only. Membership open to everyone 50 or better.

New Trivia Discussion Board

We have a new Trivia Discussion Board where Trivia Fanatics can post information for the whole discussion board to read. We don’t have time to research every question asked in the game; this is your chance to have the last word. Unless someone else posts a response to your post. I will also post the date of the next trivia meeting.

The URL is http://boards2go.com/boards/board.cgi?user=triviafan. I realize that this is long and difficult – but the board is free. I have posted this link in the Senior Club blog in the list of links on the right side of the page. Have fun with the discussion board.

Other moderators of Senior Club groups – if you create a discussion board, I will post the link on our website.

 

Calendar for the Week of June 29, 2015

Day Time Event Location
Monday 9:00 am Card Making reservations required
Tuesday 8:15 am Walking Buddies
Wednesday 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Trivia Fan-atics Conference Room
Thursday 8:15 am Walking Buddies
Friday Fourth of July – Senior Center Closed

This calendar publishes the activities that change from week to week. See the Weekly Activity page for weekly activities, and the newsletter for more details on activities.

Some activities for Walnut Creek Seniors Club members only. Membership open to everyone 50 or better.

The Walnut Creek C.C. Cafe

Meet new friends and have a nutritious lunch!  Monday through Thursday at 12:00 pm, Friday at 11:30 am.

Meals are designed to meet the nutritional needs of people over 60.  They are low fat and contain no added salt.

Resevations: call 925-280-7310     Monday – Friday
Reservations must be made the day before by 12 noon (call Friday for Monday reservations)

$2 donation per meal for those 60 or over, $5 donation per meal for under 60

Advisory Board Minutes for January 12, 2015

Walnut Creek Senior Club
Advisory Board Meeting
May 18, 2015

 

Vice President Annette Hammond called the meeting to order at 9:34 am.

In attendance were members: Rolando Salazar, Kent Clancy, Cindy Mohler, Dorothy Carver, Wayne Slater, Jody Johnson, Dick Dennis, Evan Almdale. Also in attendance were city staff Leo Harrod , Manager, Debra Landesman, Coordinator.

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Calendar for the Week of June 22, 2015

Day Time Event Location
Monday 5:00 pm Wine ‘n Dine, Peony Gardens reservations required
Tuesday 8:15 am Walking Buddies
Tuesday 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm HICAP Counseling appointment required
Tuesday 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Petanque! (French Bocce Ball) back patio
Thursday 8:15 am Walking Buddies
Thursday 11:00 am – 1:15 pm Senior Legal Services appointment required
Thursday 2:00 pm Women’s Fashion Show Social Hall

This calendar publishes the activities that change from week to week. See the Weekly Activity page for weekly activities, and the newsletter for more details on activities.

Some activities for Walnut Creek Seniors Club members only. Membership open to everyone 50 or better.

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