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Re: Forrest J Ackerman
« Reply #30 on: February 12, 2008, 07:13:37 PM »
Forry's address (which he posts at his "official website", too) is:
Forry Ackerman, 4511 Russell Ave.,  Hollywood CA 90027

As Joe has often said, Forry LOVES getting mail and hearing from his fans.  Drop him a line!
Robert in Ohio

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Re: Forrest J Ackerman
« Reply #31 on: February 12, 2008, 08:43:56 PM »
Hey bud, How ya doing?? Tell Forry HHWolfman gives a howl out to him.  HHW

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Re: Forrest J Ackerman
« Reply #32 on: February 13, 2008, 02:23:20 PM »
Thanks for posting the Acker-mini-mansion address! And you can do more than just drop Forry a line. You're all welcome to drop your body by the place anytime you're in town. Forry still holds open houses regularly Sat. 11-Noon, but you're all welcome to stop by whenever you're in the neighborhood. Forry only gets out of the house occasionally nowadays, so he's happy to have guests at the spur of a moment. You can always call 323-MOON-FAN to make an appointment too.



Forry, beside himself at the thought of your visit...

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Re: Forrest J Ackerman
« Reply #33 on: February 16, 2008, 01:09:48 PM »
My first post here in this wilderness known as the Universal Monster Army (which came to me heartily endorsed by my longtime pal and occasional creative cohort George “E-gor” Chastain) and of course the subject is Forry.  I’m very pleased to see that he has a thread of his own here and that he is surrounded by well-wishers, fans and friends.

Now politics aside, we have a Senator here in New York who is currently engaged in a campaign for President of the United States (you might have heard).  Back in the day she authored a tome called “It Takes a Village (to Raise a Child),” a singularly nonpartisan notion.  Some time ago I glommed onto (read: swiped) the gist of this and reworked into “It Takes a Forrest (to Raise a Fandom),” a very-much partisan notion which probably needs little defending here. 

FJA has long since passed being just an iconic figure, these days I mostly see him as living-breathing Time Machine on two legs; you only need to ask him When or Where and listen closely.  You could find yourself standing in New York City in 1939, surrounded by the nucleus of fandom at the Worlds Fair.  Or you could find yourself in a recording studio in 1967, listening intently as no less than Boris Karloff records for posterity a brief history of film horror.  You could find yourself watching METROPLIS with Fritz Lang, or standing alongside Basil Rathbone as the cameras roll.  All you need to do is ask and 4e punches your ticket to board the Imagination Express (first stop the House of Pies!).  And off you go.

Forry is 91 now, a bit worn around the edges by nine decades of living on a not always hospitable planet, but at the heart of it still The Boy from Mars, with the same gleam in his eye that’s been there since that issue of AMAZING STORIES back in ‘26 called him out. 

I for one look forward to seeing FJA achieve his oft-stated goal of becoming the “George Burns of Science Fiction,” just eight and one-half years hence (not as long as it seems, particularly for fans of a certain age). 

The Imagination Express rolls on.  See you onboard…

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Re: Forrest J Ackerman
« Reply #34 on: February 16, 2008, 08:24:37 PM »
Thoroughly enjoyable post, Jeff!  You painted a brilliant portrait of Our Forry, the living Time Machine.  I think "It takes a Forry..." is a button-worthy phrase!
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Re: Forrest J Ackerman
« Reply #35 on: March 05, 2008, 12:47:05 PM »
You are most welcome, Paul! We're working hard to prepare Forry for Monster Bash this year. He really wants to go. I hope you and many friends here might be there. Forry just attended a signing with Rays - Harryhausen and Bradbury last week, so he is still driven to get out and visit with the fans. Forry has had injury and some infections in the past decade, but he has no degenerative problems. Every day I see him get a little stronger. As I've mentioned on other boards, he hasn't regained his sense of taste since his hip replacement. This often makes him a little depressed about going out of the house as his favorite social activity was eating at restaurants and flirting with waitresses. Any of you with experience in this taste bud phenomenon or advice, I'd love to hear it. Truth be told, Forry's taste has returned a small degree. So there's hope. Sorry, Forry's taste will never evolve to rule out painful puns...

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Re: Forrest J Ackerman
« Reply #36 on: March 05, 2008, 04:29:30 PM »
Joe, Forry's loss of taste, I think he referred to everything tasting "like chewing on a jellyfish", is surely troubling.  One of my good friends lost her sense of taste after a long round of antibiotics (that's what we blamed, anyhow) after gall bladder surgery, but it did eventually--after a protracted period of time--return.  We If you see a small return of Forry's sense of taste, I'm hopeful that this may signal a gradual recovery and fresh relish for The House of Pies.  As for the puns--well, I'm afraid (and delighted!) that, as the proverb says, "What can't be cured must be endured."  After 50 years of reading and hearing 4e's puns, I'll have to admit--they've GROAN on me.
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Re: Forrest J Ackerman
« Reply #37 on: March 05, 2008, 06:25:46 PM »
Relish pie?  I think he's better off without a sense of taste.
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Re: Forrest J Ackerman
« Reply #38 on: March 07, 2008, 08:03:10 PM »
Hello Ghouls and gals,

My 12 year old son and I are planning on attending MONSTER BASH this summer, mainly because Mr. Ackerman is scheduled to be there. Does anyone know what day he will be there? A look at the official schedule availed nothing.

We need to know before we book our flight and hotel room. Any information and tips about staying in Butler, PA is much appreciated!

Looking forward to your replies!

-Josh

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Re: Forrest J Ackerman
« Reply #39 on: March 08, 2008, 06:35:32 PM »
Josh, hello and welcome!  Good to have you here-- and wonderful to hear you are spreading the love and appreciation of monster fandom to your son!

If you are a Forry fan, you will enjoy scrolling back a bit through this thread to read some of the past posts on earlier pages, if you have not already had a chance to do that.  Forry's home address is here too, so you may want to drop him a note-- he love to receive mail!

Joe Moe, who has posted here under the handle of Moetown, is Forry's right-hand-guy, roommate and (to sort of twist on a Charlie Chan-ism) Number One Nephew to our Uncle Forry.  The news and updates that Joe shares here are straight from the Ackerminimansion.

Joe is juggling some exciting events at present, and probably has not had a chance to get back to update some more.  This would be how I've understood Joe's updates, with what we might expect this year:

Forry had some health challenges last year that prevented his being able to attend Monster Bash 2007.  One of these challenges was recovering from some surgery, necessitated after a fall, which created some issues with Forry moving around (and traveling).  Forry met all those challenges head-on, and this past November celebrated his 91st birthday, surrounded with friends.  Joe reports that Uncle Forry (ever the role model for being a hard worker and getting things done!) is working at strengthening this year with a goal of attending Monster Bash 2008. 

We all sincerely hope that Forry will be with us, Bashing in Pennsylvania! However, the small steps in-between (Forry regaining strength, doctors giving the thumbs up, the demands of a cross-country flight and such), would make it hard to predict Forry's schedule at the Bash at this point.

Joe will surely be back to update some more, so this will be the place to check back-- but best guess would be if Forry attends, he will be there for the entire weekend, and there will be multiple opportunities for guests to meet Uncle 4E.

Regardless of the particulars of the schedule, Josh-- you and your son are going to have a wonderful time at Monster Bash!

Hotel rooms for this event are at a premium; the host hotel is booked solid as is the overflow hotel across the street.  I strongly urge you to make your reservations now, if you are planning to attend.   (Depending on how far you will be from the host hotel, you may find a rental car handy.)

Look forward to seeing you there! :)

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Re: Forrest J Ackerman
« Reply #40 on: March 10, 2008, 04:49:39 PM »
Elizabeth,
 
Thanks so much for your reply. We've been looking forward to this for a long time, and what a treat to go and meet Hazel Court, Don Sullivan, and, especially, Mr. Ackerman.  I was stoked to hear that he is lately receiving guests at his mini-mansion in Hollyweird, and if the vedio on Youtube is any sign, ought to be a worthwile outing. 

My son and I have never taken a long trip such as this, and needless to say are way excited. Someone suggested having a travel agent take care of all the details...may be the way to go?

Josh

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Re: Forrest J Ackerman
« Reply #41 on: March 18, 2008, 01:21:51 PM »
Forry is one of, if not the, most important people in this hobby/lifestyle, period!

Here's a great Ackermonster mask done by the Mask Doctor, Kelly Mann.


I also have a copy of the Don Post Creature from the Black Lagoon that once lived in the Ackermansion (or at least according to the CoA).

(It's the one on the left)

I'm hoping to pay him a long overdue visit when I get to LA with my family this summer. Thanks for posting the contact info.

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Re: Forrest J Ackerman
« Reply #42 on: March 18, 2008, 06:38:27 PM »
Hey Josh! Glad to see your message here. Elizabeth, dear friend. Thanks for filling in for me while I was away. Yes, Forry insists on making the trip to PA this year. We are working hard to keep him healthy and strong for the trip. If and when he does make it to the MONSTER BASH, fans can expect to see him all three days. The Bash is the perfect venue for a Forry visit. It's so intimate and casual. If you miss Forry at the table, just let someone know and they'll arrange to get you together with him at lunch or dinner or at least tell you when he'll be signing next. On another note, fan Earl Roesel is visiting with us this week and Forry is telling him tales from the past. Some I've never heard! Forry's doing very well lately...

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Re: Forrest J Ackerman
« Reply #43 on: March 18, 2008, 08:55:58 PM »
MoeTown, it warms my blood to hear how well Forry is doing! Also, I got a surprise the other day. I was going through some papers and I tend to keep envelopes from friends and celebs. Never noticed until it fell into my lap, that I had received Forry's business card when I ordered a signed photo of him and Karloff. It cheered me up all day!!
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Re: Forrest J Ackerman
« Reply #44 on: March 19, 2008, 01:57:45 AM »
I'm very happy to hear that Mr. Ackerman is doing well, and we look forward gleefully to MONSTER BASH. We will certainly be bringing our copies of AMAZON WOMEN ON THE MOON and DRACULA VS. FRANKENSTEIN for him to sign.  Thanks so much for posting and being part of the group here!

Josh

 

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