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Old 12-05-2008, 06:02 PM   #1
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Unhappy Forrest J Ackerman gone from us

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Another S/F pioneer gone. Without his agency, there would have been no Cornwainer Smith stories...
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Old 12-05-2008, 06:15 PM   #3
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Nice article detailing some of his contributions: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28073967/
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Old 12-05-2008, 06:19 PM   #4
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Sad news. Forry was one of a kind.
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Old 12-05-2008, 10:17 PM   #5
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I wandered around his house (Ackermansion) in the Hollywood hills about 15 years ago looking at his collection of Sci-Fi memorabilia. The sheer quantity was amazing. Tens of thousands of books and magazines. Every possible piece of floor space had display cases. The walls were covered in book cover and magazine paintings (most featuring nude women), and movie posters. Shelves full of books, awards and movie props covered every wall including the staircases.

An old-school Cylon was propped up in his living room and his kitchen table held an impressive mountain of unopened mail. Walking down the stairs to his basement I turned around and noticed an Original Series Star Trek phaser just sitting on a shelf on the stairway.

People wandered around the maze of hallways and rooms (including his bedroom) on their own looking at things, always respectful that they were in someone's house and occasionally running into Forry as he wandered about as well. A couple times I saw him grab objects from shelves with a smile (as if he just discovered it) and look around for someone to show it to.

Even though he had people in his house every week, he loved playing the host. He didn’t tire of telling stories and wanted to show off his more obscure pieces. When he saw me trying to figure out what a sad looking stuffed creature was (sitting next to the robot from Metropolis) he grinned and showed me a frame from the original King Kong-- It was the remains of one of the dinosaur creatures from the movie.

Later after most people had cleared out he invited everyone to sit in his living room and he told stories about his days in the ancient history of Hollywood and quirks about his author friends. He was proud of being cast as "President of the Earth" and told us of his grandfather who was involved in designing the Bradbury building (which was featured in Bladerunner). When someone sat down on a wooden chair he told them it was 150 years old and was made for Lincoln. He laughed when they quickly jumped up-- "No, no. Sit. That's what chairs are for!"

Forrest Ackerman was a generous, kind and trusting man who had a passion for both sci-fi and people. A great man.
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