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There never was a Lord "Greystoke." That particular name was made up; pulled right out of the air.But the actual character, the person on whom the entire series was based, did live.

Did you ever grab hold of a treeborne rope, give yourself a mighty swing, drop down 20 or 30 feet away, right in front of where your kid sister was playing, pummel yourself on the chest, letting out a ululating howl to announce: "Me Tarzan, you Jane," an act of bravura which brought your mother on the run to restore semblance of peace and quiet to the neighborhood? And like countless other boys and young adults, we were 100% fans of Edgar Rice Burroughs' fabulous hero, Tarzan of the Apes.

So did I and a million other young 'uns in the past 30 years or so.

It wasn't until late 1957, some 74 years after the event, that the spotlight was first thrown on the entire affair. And since that time, the family solicitors of the Mildins have made every effort to hush the story up.

For 15 years, between 18 his life was the prototype of Tarzan.

Although many of the details were unknown at the time, the broad outlines of his story were fully known to the public.

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