R.I.P. The Ackermonster
Sad news... Forrest J. Ackerman has died.
From his Wikipedia entry:
Forrest J Ackerman (November 24, 1916 - December 4, 2008) was an American collector of science fiction books and movie memorabilia and a science fiction fan. Ackerman, known as "Forry" or "4e" or "4SJ", is influential not only in the formation, organization, and spread of science fiction fandom, but has long also been a key figure in the wider cultural acceptance of science fiction as a literary, art and film genre. Ackerman is also known as the editor-writer of the magazine Famous Monsters of Filmland, as well as an occasional author, actor, producer (Vampirella), and literary agent.
Who amongst us hasn't been influenced by Forry? A sad day indeed.