The man who found Ray Bradbury, made “sci-fi” a popular term, served as head burrito at Famous Monsters of Filmland and also served as custodian for a tremendous collection of genre memorabilia (“the Ackermansion”) has died at age 92. I got to see him once at DragonCon and it was an excellent presentation from one of the ultimate fans of the genres. We actually tried to call him the other day while recording a Weekend Justice. I hope he went knowing that our thoughts were with him.
Here’s a couple of choice clips. First, from the opening of That Little Monster, a pitch-perfect Frankenstein prologue parody:
And here is giving some perspective on early fandom, in an interview from 1996.
Thanks for everything, Forry.