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Serb village to erect monument to 'famous son Tarzan'

By RobotGod     Feb 17, 2007 in World
A tiny Serbian hamlet on the border with Romania has launched an initiative to build a monument to Johnny Weissmuller, the late actor famed for his role as "Tarzan."
Weissmuller, a five-time Olympic swimming gold-medallist, was born in 1904 in the village of Medja, in the Banat region that straddles the two countries but was then part of the Austro-Hungarian empire. He died in 1984.
The inhabitants of the hamlet were inspired by the decision earlier this week by another Serbian village to erect a statue of Sylvester Stallone's famous film character, boxer Rocky Balboa, in a bid to rid itself of bad luck.
"We have been speaking for while about this possibility, but the details, the time of construction of the monument, will be developed this weekend," Nebojsa Kosnic, one of the backers of the plan, told Beta news agency Friday.
The house where he was born is still standing. Weissmuller was perhaps the best Tarzan. I remember as a very young kid, watching the old black and white serials that they would show on uhf. It was a weekend event. He would face alligators,snakes,natives. It is nice that they are honoring the man. He had a great impact with his career.
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