05 December 2008
IN MEMORIAM: FORREST J ACKERMAN
This has nothing to do with New Mexico but since I have not seen any mention of it in main stream media I felt compelled to make mention of the passing of one of the heroes from my youth: Forrest J Ackerman, dead at 92.
Most of you won't know who he was but I'm sure there are one or two of you that do.
Uncle Forry as his fans called him was the founder, editor and chief writer for the first magazine of its kind devoted to horror and fantasy: Famous Monsters of Filmland.
Any fan of classic horror and 'sci-fi' [coined by Uncle Forry] worth his metal knows who he is. I grew up reading issue after issue of his magazines. There was nothing like it on the news stand and being a comic book collector and fan of sci/fi I guess I was destined to find the magazine.
I knew he had been ill and AICN recently asked fans to send him letters of well wishes knowing the end was near.
It's like losing a part of me.... kind of weird. It's a different kind of 'loss' then losing a parent.
Uncle Forry and Famous Monsters of Filmland were there in my private world as a kid.
None of my friends at the time read it. My parents didn't read it. My brothers and sisters didn't read it.
It was exclusive to me...until I moved to Los Angeles and realized how many people were part of the same family of Ackermaniacs.
I was in good company.