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Peter Jackson Eulogizes Uncle Forry...

Hey folks, Harry here... Peter Jackson wrote a lengthy piece about his love for Forrest Ackerman, and sent in a personal photo, from quite some time ago now. Peter and I became friends initially through our passion for the original KING KONG, however I can't even begin to tell you how often we've discussed our mutual admiration for all things Ackerman. He sent this in today and wanted me to share it with all of you. Here's Peter...

Forry's death was not unexpected. Thanks to Harry, we had a few weeks to prepare ourselves, and I've found myself thinking about Forry a lot recently. Telling people about him, finding old photographs like this one.

Forry was such a strong part of my growing up and becoming a film maker. I dreamt of making movies one day - and giving Forry some of my props for his collection. I dreamt of getting Forry to do a cameo in one of my films. His magazine, Famous Monsters of Filmland, became an obsession. I wanted to collect every issue. He united a generation - more than one generation actually, and that's obvious because whenever you read anybody's tribute to Forry, you only have to substitute names and locations and it pretty much becomes your story. I was at the tail end. I remember standing in a bookstore on holiday with my parents reading the FM issue with the Seventh Voyage skeleton fight on the cover. It was in the early "100's". I found a single bookstore back home that sold FM ... # 115 was one of the first I bought. You couldn't separate Famous Monsters from Forry. People sometimes criticize him for that today, saying he was on some kind of ego trip, featuring photos and stories about himself in every issue. But what fun! We were all very fond of Forry and his silly puns, but behind it you recognized a deep love and respect for the genre and people who devoted their lives to entertaining others. When FM was reborn a few years ago without Forry, it wasn't the same. Not even close - what was the point? Forry became the Uncle we all wanted. The wise adult who whispered to us kids that it was ok to love Dracula and Frankenstein. But Forry's self-deprecating humour also told us not to take it too seriously ... in fact very little in life should be taken seriously. Good lessons for kids. My favourite part of the magazine was the "Captain Company" classified ads. Just as the magazine celebrated fantasy, I would actually fill in the forms to buy every amazing mask and Super 8 movie I wanted. These forms never got ripped out, or sent - I had no money, but I loved writing down the lists and pretending I was going to order them! My old issues are full of young teen Peter's dream shopping lists. I did get good marks in one school exam, and my Mum and Dad bought me a set of four Seventh Voyage Super 8 films as reward. Another time, I saved up and got the Jason skeleton fight film reel. I cried when I ripped that Captain Company envelope open (it took about 6 months to deliver anything to New Zealand). My parents took me to England for 3 months when I was 12 years old. It was the first time I ever flew, and I had to write out my "last will and testament" before leaving. I never told my parents, but I left everything to Forry. At that stage, my worldly goods amounted to several Tintin books and a pencil case - but Forry meant so much to me, it was all going to him if the Jumbo Jet had gone down. I remember a turning point in 1977, when Star Wars arrived. That movie has been responsible for inspiring huge numbers of kids into making careers in genre entertainment - the most inspirational film since the original King Kong, but I always feel it was the beginning of the end of Famous Monsters magazine. I used to look forward to each issue and it's wonderful Gogos (or Gogos-inspired) cover painting. When Star Wars arrived, the paintings gave way to colour photographs. A flood of genre magazines hit the news stands and FM took a wrong turn - trying to compete with them all, instead of hanging on to what made it unique. It was never quite the same again. The first time I saw Forry, I was too scared to meet him. I went to an LA Sci-Fi convention with a friend from NZ, and saw Forry signing autographs. I was too shy to say hello, because I somehow didn't know what to say. How much he'd meant to me? How I'd once willed him everything I owned? It was too big a moment for me and I froze. A few years later, he came down to New Zealand as the main guest of a Wellington Sci-Fi Convention. In my home town! I was able to give him a mask from Bad Taste, and a puppet from Meet the Feebles for his collection. I'm sure he'd never seen the movies, but he received them with enthusiasm. One dream fulfilled! He was only in Wellington for a few days, and I was hoping to make Braindead (Dead Alive) a few months later. I had no budget and no script, but knew one scene would take place at the zoo. So I asked Forry to do a cameo and took him up to the zoo in my car, along with my 16mm Bolex camera. I gave him a 1950's hat and coat to wear, and he supplied a copy of FM#1, which he seemed to carry around where ever he went. The movie was set in 1957, so it was perfect! I shot a few angles of him reading the magazine, then "reacting with horror" to whatever we would shoot months later. It was all cut short in the most embarrassing way - a zoo official came charging up, demanding to know what we were doing, and I tried to calm him down. He was pretty angry and I felt myself turning bright red as Forry looked on. We scuttled away, but I had enough footage in the can to get a genuine Forry Ackerman cameo out of it! Later he came to my house, and posed for the dream photo I include here - Forry in my house, holding an issue of FM featuring the Kong Pterodactyl, with me holding the actual Pterodactyl model from Forry's collection. It's real headspinning geekout stuff! I cringe a little now, when I realise how carried away I was, asking Forry to sign my issues of Famous Monsters ... all of them. I can still see the rather helpless smile on his face when I showed up with the great stack of magazines. A couple of years later, I visited him in LA and got to have a tour of the old Ackermansion. I was glad I did, because Forry went through hard times soon after that. He starting selling his stuff. Hopefully it found good homes. I bought some of the Kong armatures I'd worshipped for nearly 40 years. I didn't haggle with Forry - I just paid whatever he asked for them, happy to be looking after them for a while, and happy to be helping Forry in his older years. I'm hoping to get them on display in the not-to-distant future. Treasures like those need to be available for people to enjoy - that was a lesson from Forry. Forry was a product of his time - a unique blend of the individual and world in which he lived. It could never happen again quite like that, and all of us who grew up with him share a very special experience that's hard to describe. Forry's own account of his death makes for somber reading - but I for one don't quite buy into all his theories. He hasn't disappeared into an endless nothingness. He's up to mischief of some sort, wherever he is. Peter J

Hey folks, Harry here... The following letter comes from a fan of Forry's. A fan, who was once pictured in the magazine with the phrase, "More Fans Like This One!" - he has come to tell you his tale of the Ackermonster...

Harry, I know you have had hundreds of readers' emails sent to you about how Forrest J. Ackerman influenced their lives and even their careers. I am not a special effects wizard or an academy award winning director but I am someone who was personally influenced by the man known as the Ackermonster. Growing up during the sixties, I had always felt like an outsider as a child. While my older brother was into building model cars, I only wanted Aurora kits featuring the Wolf Man, Frankenstein, Dracula and so on. My parents wondered what was going on with a child that wanted to only watch and play with things that scared him half the time and gave him nightmares quite often. I was fortunate enough to have a local grocery store nearby that sold Famous Monsters of Filmland so that at the age of six in 1962, I was able to be scared silly by this magazine. I wrote letters to Forrest J. Ackerman when I was a child wanting to tell him how I could relate to the Frankenstein monster or Larry Talbot. They were people who had no control over being different from others and yet they did their best to overcome the odds against them. With all the letters and requests that Mr. Ackerman was receiving from around the world, he took the time to write me a letter back telling me he was impressed by how I felt about the monsters and my perception of their plight. We began a yearly correspondence from 1962 through 1970 in which he published many of the letters I would send into Famous Monsters complimenting him on his articles. I was even fortunate enough to have my picture printed in one of the issues with the byline: "we need more fans like him". I have to tell you, I was in seventh heaven when that magazine was purchased. It was like winning the Nobel Peace Prize having Uncle Forry choose me as an example of an FM fan. When I became a teenager, I drifted away from the magazine and writing letters to Mr. Ackerman. I still was in love with horror films but other interests took up much of my time. Throughout the years, I always swore that I would visit the Ackermansion and of course I never did for a very long time. Finally, during the 1990's, I was in a position to make that pilgrimage to the Holy Land of Horror. In 1994, I had my first visit to Forrest J. Ackerman's home. It was on a Saturday and I was there at 11:00 a.m. on the spot to be greeted by the man himself. It was an unbelievable experience to meet Mr. Ackerman and be led throughout the different levels of his home filled to the brim with everything involving horror, science fiction and fantasy. I was amazed that people from places as far as Japan and France were their that day to to see Mr. Ackerman. Once inside, Mr. Ackerman gave us a guided tour of the volumes of science fiction books and magazines he had collected throughout the years , many of which were first editions. I walked among science fiction and horror props scattered everywhere. I saw dinosaurs from King Kong, flying saucers from Earth vs. the Flying Saucers, even sheet music from James Bernard of the original score for Horror of Dracula. After we toured the house, Mr. Ackereman took us into his den and started reminiscing about all the actors, writers and directors that had visited his mansion. All of us were like children listening to our favorite uncle telling us our favorite bedtime stories. For the next six years, I came back to visit that wonderful magical mansion. I found out memorable tidbits during those visits including that fact that John Landis is afraid of the Chucky doll and would ask Mr. Ackerman to put the doll away when he would visit. I aslo found out that the hated rivalry between Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff shown in the film Ed Wood was just Hollywood gossip concocted by the screenwriters. When Mr. Ackerman spoke about details like this, I really felt like an insider to his world which made me feel fantastic. But as all of you who met this man will know, he made everyone feel important and special in his home. He never took his readers for granted and was never cavalier about all he had done. He was a humble man and anyone who says differently from that never met him. The last time I saw him in 2000, I had brought my son to visit for the first time. Our flight had arrived late on that special Saturday. I knew that the tour that day was over so since it was almost evening, I just dropped by the Ackermansion in hopes that my son would get to say a quick hello. I buzzed Mr. Ackerman on his intercom and he answered right away. I explained my plight and said I only wanted my son to meet him and shake his hand. (The hand of the man who had influenced my taste in books, movies and television) This influence in turn had been passed onto my son. Well, Mr. Ackerman was actually packing his suitcases since he was going out of the country the next day. I apologized for inconveniencing him and said we would leave right away. Mr. Ackerman said we didn't have to leave and that he would make time to show my son around his mansion. I told him that I could just tell him about the mansion in general so Forry could finish his packing. And then the surprise came. Forry stated that since I had been to his mansion many times before, it would be alright for me to give my son a tour of the mansion. I have to tell you that there are no words to describe the glee I felt in being trusted by Mr. Ackerman to take me son throughout his mansion and guide him through all the artifacts. It's an experience that my son and I always talk about especially when we go to horror conventions. To top it off, I saw the magazine rack where old issues of Famous Monsters could be bought from Mr. Ackerman. On the top rack was a watch case, which when opened contained an Ackermonster wrist watch in mint condition. I told Mr. Ackerman that I would pay anythimng he wanted for it but that I really had to have it. And as you probably guessed, he told me to take it as a gift for being such a loyal fan of his magazine. I am looking at that watch right now and my eyes are tearing up. He was and will always be my Uncle Forry. I was able to reach him by phone three weeks ago and tell him what he meant to me, my son and my daughter. I so wanted him to meet my daughter. She also loves horror, science fiction and fantasy because of Mr. Ackerman. My son is a dad now and his five year old son loves horror films. I know I have been rambling here but this is a person who has influenced a whole generation of my family from me, to my son, to my daughter and to my grandson. I have pictures and videos of the Ackermansion in all its glory and the man himself. I just watched a video of him I took where he said Ed Wood Jr. would call him at three in the morning with a great idea for a new film. All Mr. Ackerman had to do was lend him three thousand dollars and he could get started on it. The next image is of Forrest J. Ackerman laughing about the outcome of his story. I miss him know and will always remember him. I just wish all these directors that were influenced by him had done something to keep Forrest from losing the Ackermansion and selling many of his prized possessions. I know he will be buried with Bele Lugosi's ring from Dracula, as it should be. He shall not be forgotten and the world is a little less fun and scary without his presence. Thank you for taking the time to read this. DRP Nashville
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  • Dec. 6, 2008, 11:19 p.m. CST


    by tristeele

    forry was the man

  • Dec. 6, 2008, 11:23 p.m. CST

    Right on Peter!

    by uberman

    My sentiments exactly.

  • Dec. 6, 2008, 11:25 p.m. CST

    Nice rememberance

    by Aloy

    Thanks for taking the time Peter.

  • Dec. 6, 2008, 11:26 p.m. CST


    by Goonie

    Well written Peter.

  • Dec. 6, 2008, 11:32 p.m. CST


    by TheMandrakeRoot

    That was a fantastic tribute from one great man to another. Might have to watch both the original and Jackson's King Kong in the very near future.

  • Dec. 6, 2008, 11:35 p.m. CST

    Jackson is such a great geek!

    by BadMrWonka

    "My parents took me to England for 3 months when I was 12 years old. It was the first time I ever flew, and I had to write out my "last will and testament" before leaving. I never told my parents, but I left everything to Forry. At that stage, my worldly goods amounted to several Tintin books and a pencil case - but Forry meant so much to me, it was all going to him if the Jumbo Jet had gone down."<p> I mean come on...he's one of us...

  • Dec. 6, 2008, 11:39 p.m. CST

    That was simply mind-numbing and eye-welling...

    by Laya Maheshwari

    This is not the eulogy of a famous director paying tribute to this idol. This is the remembrance of a film geek to his God. And it is simply brilliant...

  • Dec. 6, 2008, 11:41 p.m. CST

    Amen Peter

    by Purgatori

    I don't buy into some of his theories either. You know he's conversing with his old friends and watching us young uns following in his footsteps. I got to go through the Ackermansion many years ago, and was so thrilled with getting to see all of it in its glory. And the Bela ring of course. It was a great day. Thank you for sharing Peter.

  • Dec. 6, 2008, 11:58 p.m. CST

    Very sweet letter

    by NoodlesHahn

    Nicely done, PJ.

  • Dec. 6, 2008, 11:59 p.m. CST

    Well said, Mr. Jackson.

    by Boromir

    A warm and kind remembrance.

  • Dec. 7, 2008, 12:14 a.m. CST

    Hah ha ha, you had him sign ALL your FMs?

    by Frisco

    This is a great tribute, Mr. Jackson. Thanks for sharing your thoughts about Forrest Ackerman. I'm a big ol' geek, but I missed FM's glory years. I am grateful to Ackerman though for inspiring so many people who have inspired and delighted me. By the way, I do hope you know that now you are in danger of having stacks of Fangorias and Cinemafantastiques handed to you by fans from now on...

  • Dec. 7, 2008, 12:28 a.m. CST

    Nice Thoughts by Peter Jackson.

    by vic twenty

    Not to be confused with Deep Thoughts by Jack Handy. <p> Nicely done, Peter, and many of us share your sentiments on ol' 4E. <p> RIP you begoggled wellspring!!

  • Dec. 7, 2008, 12:41 a.m. CST


    by 24200124

    That was the nicest thing I think I've ever read in my 32 years on this planet. While I wasn't familiar with the legend that was Forrest Ackerman, I can understand from Jackson's piece why he was so beloved, and that is what great writing does. All I can say is "Wow" and I'm sorry for not having known about this guy earlier.

  • Dec. 7, 2008, 12:46 a.m. CST


    by disfigurehead

  • Dec. 7, 2008, 12:59 a.m. CST

    Man, this has been a rough year.

    by digitalcos

    Death has not been kind to us geeks in 2008.

  • Dec. 7, 2008, 1:04 a.m. CST

    very good read

    by Westonian

    Beyond this being a very eloquent and well written eulogy it was interesting to hear Peter talk about himself being a nerd. Sometimes these great movie directors seem like unknowable gods but to hear Pete talk about the excitement with which he followed FM and to listen to the tale of him being completely unprepared while shooting at the zoo brings it all down to a regular human level. Its just cool to know the people you regard so highly are just like you.

  • Dec. 7, 2008, 1:59 a.m. CST

    Peter Jackson: The new JMS.

    by ArcadianDS

    Those of us old enough to remember the days before the world wide web, where endless streams of pure text was all we had, and a flashy, talented geek-turned-director was our online digital messiah.<p> Im glad to see that Peter Jackson has been cut from the same bolt of cloth.

  • Dec. 7, 2008, 2:07 a.m. CST

    by DarthChimay

    I have to admit... I was born after the heyday of Ackerman, so I never was familiar with his stuff. This was a truly moving tribute never-the-less. It makes me reflect on my heroes growing up and how desperately I want to meet them, no matter how much I dislike the movies they've done lately (Spielberg, Lucas, Ford, I'm looking at you). And now I want to get into Famous Monsters.

  • Dec. 7, 2008, 2:09 a.m. CST

    Thanks Peter

    by Tacoloft

  • Dec. 7, 2008, 2:50 a.m. CST


    by sonnyfern

    That was a great good-bye Mr. Jackson.

  • Dec. 7, 2008, 2:51 a.m. CST

    thank you peter

    by bacci40

    i just started crying again...when i was a kid, i did the same thing as peter...looked through the ads and made constant wish lists of stuff i could never get...and to those of you who think we neither need or can afford a universal health care system here in the us...think of forry being forced to sell off his collection to pay his medical wasnt right

  • Dec. 7, 2008, 3:27 a.m. CST

    He lived RIGHT DOWN THE STREET from me

    by IndustryKiller!

    In my first apartment in LA. And I had no idea who he was or the incredible effect his life had on my life and my passion for film. Had I known I would have knocked on his door, Ackermansion or not, and asked to talk to him. I'm really pissed he didn't come up earlier on this site.

  • Dec. 7, 2008, 4:02 a.m. CST

    The new JMS: You mean he ruined Spider Man

    by IndustryKiller!

    Because taht's really how J. Micheal Strazinski is known nowadays, as teh guy who wrote some of teh worst SPider Man stories in the history of the character. Seriously he made Gwen Stacy be raped by Norman Osbourne and have super fast growing offspring. He also wrote the comic for like 10 years and didn't write a single memorable villain, which is pathetic, and then made Peter Parker make a deal with satan. It makes you long for the days of the clone saga.

  • Dec. 7, 2008, 5:20 a.m. CST

    I still have that issue of Famous Monsters!

    by Big Dumb Ape

    Nice one from Jackson. Down to Earth, sentimental, and very sincere and honest. What I like about Jackson is that unlike certain other film people (who shall remain nameless), for all his success, fame or money, he's still a geek at heart who proudly talks about his geek roots. Which makes what he has to say about Forry all the more touching because you just know that he genuinely means everything coming out of his mouth. So, it's nice to see Forry getting this kind of heartfelt praise from people of Jackson's stature.<p>Plus, I can't believe Jackson mentioned that particular issue of FAMOUS MONSTERS (#117) since that was one of my earliest memories of it as well. As a kid, I was a huge Harryhausen fan and the moment I saw that issue on the magazine rack of my local stationary store -- with such a cool painting of Sinbad fighting back the skeleton -- I just had to have it. In fact, I still have it packed away in the other room!<p>Oh, and for those that are here who are younger than some of us old farts, who don't understand what all excitement was about, it simply comes down to this. Back when there was no Internet and jpegs and file trading... back when home video was in the dawn of its infancy... the only way we geeks could get information or have stills to look at and drool over was from a magazine like FAMOUS MONSTERS. What Forry did with FM truly inspired an generation and he gave a home to us geeks that we never had before. Here's a site with all the covers. Take a look and now imagine being a young geek and the excitement you felt when each new issue hit the stands...<p>

  • Dec. 7, 2008, 7:08 a.m. CST

    Wonderful piece, PJ...

    by DocPazuzu

    ...Truly heartwarming. <p> There must be something special about that issue of FMOF because that issue, 117, is the ONLY issue I ever owned. It's not that I wasn't a geek or a monster fan, it was just that I was more of a comic kid at the time. I did own all the old Thomas G. Aylesworth monster books, though, and read them hundreds of times. <p> I used to read all my friend's FMOFs and was always impressed with the awesome merchandise at the back of the magazines, as I was with Eerie, Creepy and all those other Warren magazines.

  • Dec. 7, 2008, 8:04 a.m. CST

    Respect to you Mr. Jackson

    by kendragon

    Wow... its nice to see someone who has made himself a hugely successful career in films being so humble and open about himself and his geeky respect for someone who was obviously very influential to him. Right on Mr. Jackson, you've got a new fan right here now.

  • Dec. 7, 2008, 8:35 a.m. CST

    HARRY: How about something pemanent for Forry

    by Alfie Boy

    on the sie? Maybe replacing the ID4 backdrop w/ a pic of Forry?

  • Dec. 7, 2008, 8:47 a.m. CST

    Bittersweet irony....

    by RenoNevada2000

    In a bit of bittersweet irony, Jackson's BRAINDEAD had a screening Friday night at the Philadelphia suburbs theater where the original THE BLOB was filmed. I'm sure Forry would have appreciated the fact that one of his cameo film appearances was showing there...

  • Dec. 7, 2008, 10:16 a.m. CST

    In the meantime, the old JMS ...

    by berserkrl

    is not a fan of Ackerman:

  • Dec. 7, 2008, 10:17 a.m. CST

    (Take out the space

    by berserkrl

    before the = sign.)

  • Dec. 7, 2008, 10:45 a.m. CST

    R.I.P Forry

    by Hanshot1st

    Well written DRP, keep up the family tradition.Mr. Jackson, keep cranking out those beauties and hope 'The Lovely Bones' kicks ass.

  • Dec. 7, 2008, 10:54 a.m. CST

    Us geeks gotta stick together.

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    When Peter wrote about "freezing" when first encountering Uncle Forry it made me think about my own similar story involving Peter Jackson. I had been a fan since I first saw "Bad Taste" while working in a videostore and saw "Dead Alive" at a local arthouse theater. FLESH GORDON and I were sitting in our seats at BNAT after just experiencing "Return of the King" for the first time when Harry introduced Peter Jackson to the crowd. He came running down the Alamo's deadly steps and fell, rolled over and crashed into the wall just a couple of feet from us. My first instincts were to run to his aid and help him up. I looked at Gordon and he looked at me. Our hero was lying on the ground right in front of us. We froze. Would security assault us if we approached him? Should we even move his broken body?!?!? We were frozen by hero worship and shock. Suddenly, Jackson sprung to his feet like Gene Wilder in "Willie Wonka" and continued running to the front of the theater like he meant to do that. We both breathed a collective sigh of relief. Maybe next time we meet Mr. Jackson we'll belatedly ask him if he's okay!

  • Dec. 7, 2008, 11:34 a.m. CST

    kinda shocked that jms didnt get forry

    by bacci40

    or that he would speak ill of the dead...i can see harlan doing that, cuz harlan basically hates everybody...

  • Dec. 7, 2008, 11:42 a.m. CST


    by gotilk

    Just made me tear up there, guy. So many of us are so crushed by this. Hearing your story somehow makes it less sad and more of a celebration. Thank you, from the bottom of my bloody heart.

  • Dec. 7, 2008, 12:24 p.m. CST

    Stuff that is coming out.

    by hallmitchell

    I just went to the JMS post. I"m shocked Forry would do that. Yet JMS has the right to publish it. Also I read about the lawsuit which Forry had to go through. An absolute disgrace that happened to him in his last years.

  • Dec. 7, 2008, 12:49 p.m. CST

    JMS post

    by wash

    How can anyone actually judge that story unless you know the full extent of Forry's relationship with RB? I have friends that that are way into sick humor, even in times of duress. I think it's in pretty poor taste to bring this up now.

  • Dec. 7, 2008, 2 p.m. CST

    Amazing story, Mr. Jackson!

    by Kirbymanly

    Thank you so much for sharing!

  • Dec. 7, 2008, 2:01 p.m. CST

    "...several Tintin books..."

    by performingmonkey

    That's interesting. I don't think I've actually seen Peter mention anything about Tintin before. He probably has but I've never read it. That's cool that he had Tintin books when he was 12. That's a great sign for his eventual Tintin flick.

  • Dec. 7, 2008, 3:08 p.m. CST

    <b>ABC Network disses Forry. Geeks unite!<b>

    by Alfie Boy

    This Week w/ George Stephanopoulos (who hasn't been able to hold a candle to the wonderful David Brinkley) failed to include Forry in their IN MEMORIAM segment. Sure, they included gospel singer and civil rights activist Odetta as a cultural loss, but certainly, Forry's contributions, through his championing imagination and hope in a techno-modern world through Sci-Fi is just as important, if not more important, to the Entire human race. Write, call, or e-Mail ABC news to show your displeasure!

  • Dec. 7, 2008, 3:45 p.m. CST

    Forry Shall Not Die!

    by FlyingToupee

    His influence will be felt forever. And I believe(sorry,Forry!) that his soul will live eternally. And may he experience great happiness in the presence of our benevolent Creator.

  • Dec. 7, 2008, 4:09 p.m. CST

    Weta could make a Statue of him


    Look what they sculpted up for Harry and Yoko for their wedding. <P> Also what happens to the remains of the Ackermansion. Forry tried to donate it to a Museum at one point. <P> Can't someone make an offer to buy what remains and build a Muesem in Forry's memory to contain it all? <P> Lets not let what made this man happy die with him. The Ackermansion tour must live! <P> It's time- "like he joked about in his farewell letter" to honor him. <P> And a movie about him. PJ could do it. <P> I was bummed out when night of the museum came out- That type of story would have been much cooler if it was Forrys Collection that came to life.

  • Dec. 7, 2008, 6:48 p.m. CST

    Thanks for the story, Peter

    by Rindain

    It's greatly appreciated.

  • Dec. 7, 2008, 8:33 p.m. CST

    Sad Day Indeed....

    by Arcangel2020

    I was sadden to have learned that Mr. Forest J Ackerman finally passed away this weekend. Yet another light has gone out in the "Old School"/Old Hollywood Era. I too, just like Peter Jackson and probably everyone else who writes and posts in this Forum was greatly influenced as a kid growing up by Mr. Ackerman and his Famous Monsters Of Filmland Magazine. I too skrimped and saved my allowance and would go to the local Quick Stop or Drugstore or Magazine Stand to purchase a copy (along with my comic books and a candybar or two). I couldn't wait to read each and every issue! I loved the classic Hollywood Film Monsters...Frankenstien, Dracula, The Werewolf, The Mummy, The Creature From The Black Lagoon, The Mole People, The Thing, those classic, campy mutated Creatures from the governments Atomic Bomb tests in the Desert! (remember this was all pre Star Wars and way before CGI effects ever came into play) Mr Ackerman really knew how to tap into the minds and imagination of so many of his young and influential readers AND he really cared about the history of Horror and Sci Fi films too! I can honestly say that Mr Ackerman was one of those few people who caused me to get into and appreciate Horror Movies and Science Fiction films and had a hand in making me the Sci Fi Fan that I am today. He will be sorely and most assured missed by all his true fans Rest In Peace Mr Ackerman and Thank You sincerely

  • Dec. 7, 2008, 9:59 p.m. CST

    Wow... those two stories...

    by TheBigLebowsky

    ...made my eyes water... Being from a small town up here in Quebec, I never even thought I could ever meet him... He was on another planet as far as I was concerned... Everybody that ever met him is a bit richer than the rest of us, today...

  • Dec. 8, 2008, 4:29 a.m. CST

    Forry memorial

    by cineninja

    It would be nice if we could have a Forry memorial here in LA...

  • Dec. 8, 2008, 10:09 a.m. CST

    The JMS story via Harlan Ellison

    by NoDiggity

    What's important to note is that JMS got called by Harlan Ellison who read it to JMS over the phone. Apparently Ellison also told JMS that Forry's wife was in tears. I suspect it wasn't that big a deal, and Ellison was just making a big drama up for the usual reasons ... to make Ellison look good and make other people look bad to make Ellison look better. Ellison's an asshole. I expect the wife's being upset about Forry's request for an autograph was exaggerated by Ellison. Note how Ellison has apparently made a big deal about never speaking to Forry ever again. Sound like any other drama-queen stands Ellison has taken? He's constantly turning mountains into molehilss.And JMS hung out with Ellison and takes his nonsense at face value? That makes him an asshole too.

  • Dec. 8, 2008, 10:29 a.m. CST

    PJ looks like a hobbit, lol.

    by Warcraft

    ok, to get back on topic...PJ looks like a hobbit!

  • Dec. 8, 2008, 2:13 p.m. CST


    by Cobbio

    I honestly didn't know much about Forrest Ackerman, but thank you Peter Jackson for informing me of his greatness. Yes, I'm pretty much a geek and fan of wacko monsters in film, but I was never a magazine collector. Thus I missed out.<p> Damn.<p> Thanks, Forrest. I'll have to enjoy your work post-mortem, but I'm already looking up sites. And thank you Peter for that eulogy.

  • Dec. 8, 2008, 10:31 p.m. CST

    Pete Is the Man

    by Evil Chicken

    Wonderfully said.

  • Dec. 9, 2008, 7:52 p.m. CST

    Um, on the Bloch/Ackerman Thing...

    by lauriemann57

    Wendayne Ackerman died in 1990. Robert Bloch died in 1994. Wendayne, Forry's wife, was dead years before Robert Bloch was dying. She couldn't have responded in any way to anything Forry could have done at the time Robert Bloch was ill. I met Forry a few times over the years, and he was always extremely kind to fans.

  • Dec. 9, 2008, 8:20 p.m. CST

    My mistake, I meant Bloch's Wife, not Forry's.

    by NoDiggity


  • Dec. 11, 2008, 9:18 a.m. CST

    Iwould like to add that I did not know Forrest J ackerman..

    by emeraldboy

    But as a kid growing up. There were two things that I loved, the muppets and all of hensons stuff and the output of smallfilms. Oliver Postgate died there a couple of days. Two men. a cowshed. and superb imagination. Ivor the engine, bagpuss and the clangers are three of the greatest ids tv programms of all time. I loved bagpuss. I would happily watch it again and again.

  • Dec. 12, 2008, 6:15 a.m. CST


    by elbowburger


  • Dec. 12, 2008, 10:51 a.m. CST

    Nobody gives a shit

    by orcus


  • Dec. 12, 2008, 12:27 p.m. CST

    ..about rick astley

    by orcus

    just for clarification.