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Saturday, December 06, 2008

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)[1] 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.

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At 12/08/2008 7:10 AM, Blogger tom said...

One of the nicest men on the planet. I just showed up at his house in California one day back in 1980, a complete stranger, and he took me on a tour of his collection while his wife made tea and cookies for us. I spent the whole day there looking at his props and souvenirs and listening to his stories about everybody from Ray Bradbury to Bela Lugosi. Forry was an absolute gem, and once he found out you were a sci-fi fan, he treated you like a brother. Which, to him, you were.

At 12/10/2008 6:35 PM, Blogger Bill at Comix Connection said...

Wow, great story!


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