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December 06, 2008


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Forry also appeared in John Landis's "Schlock". There's this scene where the recently resurrected caveman wanders into a cinema where a movie about resurrected dinosaurs & a caveman is playing. Schlock (that's the caveman's name) sits right next to Forry, who is totally oblivious to him, so engrossed is he by the movie and by his popcorn.

Repose en paix.

Aren't the SFWA embarrassed to put up an obituary which apparently no one bothered to proofread? These are supposed to be writers!

"Normally the phrase he is best known for & comes into a piece like this on a person's life and loves."


"Bela Lugosi presented him with Dracula's cape and ring, King Kong's paw, the golden Idol that Indiana Jones stole in Raiders of the Lost Ark, Tribbles from Star Trek, and Yoda from Star Wars."

No, really, other than the ring and cape, he didn't. Lugosi died in 1956.

"By my count has only missed 2 or 3 Worldcons."

Can I buy a subject, please?

And there's more!


Susan... Huh?

To say the least.

I had one encounter with Ackerman so undramatic that there's no point in trying to relate it. Instead, I'll say (as I have elsewhere), "Thanks, Forry, for your contributions to my lifelong goddam hobby."

Hi Susan. This is sad news. I might not have heard about it for weeks if you had not posted it here, what with final exams and all. I never encountered Forrest Ackerman at all; I knew him only by reputation. Wish I had.

I never fully appreciated all the interesting things he'd done in his life until I read the various obits.

I met him, more or less, working registration at a Loscon in Pasadena in the late 80s. He was buying a membership, apparently forgetting he had one as a program participant.

I had only seen him referenced on B movie sites and thought he was just a guy who did a lot of work as an extra in a lot of bombs. I had no idea that he was some sort of uber-fan, and I feel rather sad that I didn't learn who he was until after his death.

I'm boggling over the fact that he was a literary agent. That, I never knew before. The line between fan and pro was very, very fine back then, and he crossed back and forth over and over again.

Susan... He must have been wearing something that clued me in, or maybe he just looked fannish.

This reminds me of Chicago's worldcon in 1982(*). I was on the big shuttle bus taking my room-mate and I from the airport to the hotel, and we got to wondering how many other passengers were also on their way to the con. We soon found out, as the bus drove past the "Battlefield Earth" billboard: everybody onboard was a fan.


(*) Our then-teenage Rixosous Hostess's first worldcon, if I remember correctly.

Yes, Chicon IV in 1982 was my first.

I think a lot of pros start out as fans, and they don't stop being such once they go pro. For instance, if I ever get published, I'm certainly not going to stop dressing up like a faerie for conventions*, reading authors and comics I like, or any of the other nerdy things I do.

*Ok, I probably won't wear my wings if I'm at a signing, it would be really bad if I put one of my fans' eyes out.

Some pros do, some don't, especially nowadays. Some fans who turn into pros stay fannish. Some don't; I remember being told by one, in a horrified tone of voice, that he wouldn't go to a particular convention where he was not getting an all-expenses-paid trip because, "I'd have to pay for it!" The person in question still considers himself a fan, but I think he's crossed a mental line.

Turner Classic Movies remembers 2008 and includes Forrest Ackerman.

Thanks for the link, Serge! Wow, that was a lovely montage. It made me cry even though I only recognized a few of the people. I'm amused that he's in as a "film historian." I guess that's one way of describing Famous Monsters of Filmland! (Okay, he had several books on the topic as well.)

It was lovely that they included Arthur C. Clarke as well. And I liked how they toned down the color saturation in the color clips so that they blended in nicely with the black and white portions. Very well done.

(Serge cross-posted this from his own LJ entry, by the way, so hop on over there and give him some comments too!)

Thanks for the link, Susan. Their traditional yearly montages are beautiful. If you go to YouTube and enter "TCM remembers" followed by a year, you'll find most and maybe all of them.

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