Saturday, December 06, 2008

Forest Ackerman Passes (4 December 2008)



One of the last direct links to HPL is gone into legend.

The Associated Press reports that Forest J Ackerman passed away in his Los Angeles home on Thursday, December 4, 2008. He had congestive heart failure and was preparing for the end at home where he could be happy, comfortable and surrounded by his friends. He was 92.

I'm sure virtually eveyone reading the blog knows of 4SJ, but if you want to reminisce or look at some links that may soon fade from the net, here are some below. I never met Ackerman, but many of you have told me anecdotes of his lectures and wit. He knew everyone who was of the fantasy movement: Friend of Lugosi, knew Ed Wood, Ray Harryhausen, Ray Bradbury, Isaac Asimov, Hannes Bok, Sam Moskowitz, and more names than I can type. He was an early, but quirky, champion of Esperanto. Click on the label below and there are more notes on Ackerman from blog posts with respect to him and Lovecraft. I don't think Ackerman's HPL letters have been published, but one assumes they exist. I've seen a few for sale and on exhibit on-line in the past. He may have thousands of historic documents, and one hopes that they will be published one day.

Feel free to post a tribute here - or honor him in the forum of your choice.

http://www.seeing-stars.com/Museums/ForrestAckerman.shtml

http://sfwa.org/news/2008/fackerman.htm

3 comments:

Brian Barker said...

Uncle Forry was a great pioneer for the international language, Esperanto.

Dankon al li!

Magister said...

In addition to his own numerous accomplishments, HPL immortalised him as "the Effjay of Akkamin" in "The Battle That Ended the Century".

RIP

Bill Chapman said...

It was good to see the mention of Esperanto here. Yes, Forrest Ackerman was a great advocate of this planned language.

Li ripozu pace.

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