My husband spotted this new sign for the Woodland Hills-Tarzana Chamber of Commerce at Peet’s in Tarzana when we went there for coffee this morning.
At first I didn’t see that the logo included an image of Tarzan and a lion, because the logo is all green. After I took this photo, a woman came up and said, “Oh, I love it when someone notices the Chamber of Commerce logo!” She said that there would have been more colors for Tarzan and lion on the right except that it would have been too expensive to produce. Here’s what the image–from the cover of Tarzan and the Lion Man–looks like in full color:
The woman who talked to me was Jen Svejda, Director of Business Development for the Woodland Hills-Tarzana Chamber of Commerce (http://www.woodlandhillscc.net/index.php), which includes, she said, some 800 businesses and is the largest Chamber of Commerce in the Valley. We chatted about how the economic downturn had affected the area (not as bad as it could have been) and the enthusiasm that lots of local Chamber Ambassadors have for this area–to the point, Jen said, of coming out on weekends and painting curbs on their own time!
Jen is very enthusiastic about her job, and she admitted she played the part of Jane at the Tarzan Centennial Celebration at Safari Walk back in August (2012)!
Speaking of Jane now rather than Jen, a new book called Jane: The Woman Who Loved Tarzan just came out. It’s by historical novel author Robin Maxwell and tells Jane’s story from Jane’s point of view–with the support of the Edgar Rice Burroughs estate.Here is a link to some blog posts the author wrote about writing the novel and her interest in the Tarzan story: http://www.tor.com/blogs/2012/09/edgar-rice-burroughs-and-darwin-revisited-the-science-of-jane#more
- 100 years on, we’re still wild about Tarzan (triblive.com)