Posted by Dark Whisperer on December 5, 2008
The Associated Press reports that legendary Famous Monsters of Filmland editor Forrest J Ackerman passed away on Thursday, December 4th at his Los Angeles home. Ackerman, or “Uncle Forry” as he was affectionately known by friends and fans alike, died of heart failure. He had recently celebrated his 92nd birthday.
Reports started circulating several weeks ago that the venerable pop culture icon was in failing health, as he welcomed his many friends and colleagues – including Ackerman “discovery” Ray Bradbury and Fangoria editor Anthony Timpone – to say their final goodbyes at his private Hollywood residence. Until 2002, Ackerman lived in an extraordinary 18-room mansion known as the “Ackermansion” which housed his astounding collection of over 300,000 pieces of film memorabilia.
Widely credited with coining the term “sci fi,” the internationally known science fiction fan and B-movie champion was the author and editor of numerous books and magazines, as well as the creator of the comic book character Vampirella. He made cameo appearances in more than fifty motion pictures, including The Howling, Amazon Women of the Moon, Beverly Hills Cop III, and Michael Jackson’s Thriller video.
Ackerman was a recipient of the HWA Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997.
Although Ackerman fell short of his “aim at hitting 100 and becoming the George Burns of science fiction”, he leaves behind an amazing legacy that will continue to inspire generations of science fiction and horror fans to come. Ackerman, who had no children, was preceded in death by his wife, Wendayne.
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Posted by Dark Whisperer on November 30, 2008
It is with great sadness that the HWA reports the passing of one of its members, Joseph W. McGee. McGee, 23, of Worcester, passed away suddenly Thursday, November 27, from complications with diabetes.
McGee was the author of the novels The Reaper and Snow Hill and a member of the New England Horror Writers Association. His family describes him as “a quiet giant with a mountain for a heart who left us better than he found us.”
Excerpted from the Worcester Telegram & Gazette:
He leaves his mother, Theresa (Kwiatkowski) Conte-McGee; his brother, Anthony J. Conte and his wife Francesca; his sister, Karin M. Conte and her partner Diedra Finney; his grandparents Joseph W. and Theresa (Ritacco) Kwiatkowski; his “Bestest” friend, Jen Swindell; his two nieces, Mia and Gabriella Conte, and his nephew, Alessandro Conte, whom he absolutely adored; his aunt and godmother, MaryAnn Ritacco and her husband Gianfranco; his godfather, William Ritacco, Jr, and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday from the Mercadante Funeral Home & Chapel at 370 Plantation Street, Worchester, MA, with a Mass of Christian burial at 11:00 AM in Our Lady of Mt. Carmel-St Ann Church at 24 Mulberry Street in Worchester. Calling hours will be held on Tuesday from 5-8 PM. Interment will be in St. John’s Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to: The Robert W. Hansen Diabetes Fund, c/o The Fraternal Order of Eagles, 53-55 Norfolk St., Worcester, MA 01604.
Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family of Mr. McGee.
Below is a video tribute created by one of Joe’s many friends:
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