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Topic: Forrest J Ackerman

From: Bill Goodwin
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Date: 11/08/2008

Regret to inform that legendary editor and supercollector Forrest J Ackerman passed away early in the evening of November 6th, 2008. Peacefully and surrounded by friends, fans and tokens of affection.

Re: Forrest J Ackerman

From: Greg Bear
Date: 11/08/2008

Coming back from France, I sent a note to Forry apparently on his last day with us. He received my message and smiled, according to his caregiver, Joe. Farewell, Forry. You will be missed.

Re: Forrest J Ackerman

From: Greg Bear
Date: 11/08/2008

Not gone yet! Apparently this rumor was started at LOCUS, which has posted a correction. Forry is still with us.

Re: Forrest J Ackerman

From: Bill Goodwin
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Date: 11/08/2008

Dead/Not Dead? Only Forry! God bless 'im.

Re: Forrest J Ackerman and Poul Anderson

From: Sean M. Brooks
Location: Lawrence, MA
Date: 11/08/2008

Dear Mr. Bear: I'm glad Mr. Ackerman is still alive. As an SF fan, I have of course heard of him. Altho I was not STRONGLY famiilar with him.

I wss reminded of your father in law, Poul Anderson. I was dismayed to find out from another fan that he was dying in 2001. I used PA's email address kindly given me to send him a message expressing my good wishes and the pleasure, stimulating thought, and wisdom his books and stories have given me. And which they still do. Alas, my note was dated August 1. At least a few hours too late for it to have been read to Mr. Anderson.

I do wonder what happened to all those expressions of affection!

Sincerely, Sean M. Brooks

Re: Forrest J Ackerman

From: Mike Glosson
Location: San Diego, CA
Date: 11/08/2008

Greg & Bill:

My Wife just got an update of Forry's IMBD page, where a mail address is listed, and also that his care giver is reading comments on Facebook page to him.

The following was extracted from the comments on Forry's IMDB page from back on November 3:

___________________________

I talked to Joe Moe, Forry's caregiver and best friend. He told me to spread the word about Forry. Forry is leaving us quickly. If youre going to write or call, do it now before it's too late. He's in good spirits and not in any pain but his body is starting to shut down and he's sleeping alot now, hes very weak.

Even if you do what I did, just write "I love you" on a piece of paper and mail it, please do something................joey OBrien

FORREST J ACKERMAN
4511 Russell Avenue
Los Angeles, CA
90027
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You can also send him messages on facebook. Joe reads all the messages to him

___________________________________________________

So it sounds like his Facebook Account is active, while the MySpace has been already sent to "The Archives"

Thanks go to my wife for digging this info out.

Mike Glosson

Re: Forrest J Ackerman and Poul Anderson

From: Greg Bear
Date: 11/08/2008

A lot of the messages were printed out and read to Poul on his last day, and he was very pleased, as were Karen and Astrid by his side.

Re: Forrest J Ackerman

From: Greg Bear
Date: 11/08/2008

Thanks, Mike!

Re: Forrest J Ackerman

From: Bill Goodwin
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Date: 11/27/2008

I met Mr. Poul Anderson only once. It was at a Loscon--nine years ago this Thanksgiving weekend in fact. Someone had an enormous, homebuilt telescope set up in the parking lot, and a bunch of us were standing in line to see Saturn...when I realized with a start that the man waiting next to me was the author of half the books on my top shelf.

Somehow I found myself asking if crops could really be grown under the microwave receiver-grids that would catch beams from solar-power satellites. Silly, random question...but he cheerfully delivered an off-the-cuff essay on the subject. That's what I remember--the combination of sure intellect and good humor. Rare and delightful.

Re: Forrest J Ackerman

From: Greg Bear
Date: 12/03/2008

Poul knocked around ideas with me long before I was married to his daughter--a gentleman who was always happy to exchange ideas and share his knowledge.

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