Monday, December 15, 2008

Forrest J Ackerman is still dead

(Reposted from 'Brief Window')






Dang it.

Legendary science-fiction fan and memorabilia collector Forrest J Ackerman passed away a few weeks back, but I didn't find out about it until now!

I knew that Ackerman had been ill and not expected to recover, but somehow I feel bad that I missed hearing of his death on December 4th, at the age of 92.

Our beloved 'Uncle Forry' was a pioneer in the world of sci-fi fandom.
Among other achievements, he 'discovered' author Ray Bradbury and coined the phrase
'sci-fi'.

The magazine he founded, 'Famous Monsters of Filmland', figured prominently in the 'perfectly maladjusted' upbringing of many happy nerds of my generation, and the tales of his guided tours of the vast collection of cool stuff in his 'Ackermansion' in L.A. totally rocked.

Forrest J Ackerman is gone. He was unique, and he will be missed.

- Follow links to to a couple of obits; at the
Los Angeles Times, and Time magazine.

- Check out a gallery of 'Famous Monsters' magazine covers at Mad-Monsters.Com

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