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THREE  CANUCKS ... AND A CAMERA ...
LOST IN ACKERMANSION

Welcome to Ackermansion --
an estate originally owned by the poor man's Tarzan --
Ramar of the Jungle (Jon Hall).
Join me for a tour of my collection of
300,000 pieces of horror, sci-fi and fantasy memorabilia.
Forrest J. Ackerman

Ackermansion: Forrest J Ackerman's House of Horrors
Ackermansion: 
Forrest J Ackerman's House of Horrors
Bill & China-Li in the driveway with the SCI FI mobile
Bill and China-Li in the driveway 
with the SCI FI mobile
China-Li and Sue-On at the front gate
China-Li and Sue-On
at the front gate
Hillmans and Wayne & Edie James explore the vestibule
Hillmans and Wayne and Edie James 
explore the vestibule
Mr. and Mrs. Forrest J Ackerman: Welcome to Ackermansion
Mr. and Mrs. Forrest J Ackerman: 
Welcome to Ackermansion
A kitchen like no other
A kitchen like no other
Forry and the Galactica Robot
Forry and the Galactica Robot
Old buddies
Old buddies
Two robots
Two robots
Forry commenting on the thousands of artifacts contained in the mansion
Forry commenting on the thousands of
artifacts contained in the mansion
Rare manuscripts and first editions
Rare manuscripts and first editions
The main sitting room
The main sitting room
This wall is typical of every wall in the house
This wall is typical of every wall in the house
HUGOS
HUGOs
A small section of the myriad of awards and movie memorabilia
A small section of the myriad of 
awards and movie memorabilia
Father and daughter enthrolled by tales from the master storyteller
Father and daughter enthrolled 
by tales from the master storyteller
Fantastic view of the valley from the living room
Fantastic view of the valley 
from the living room
View from the deck
View from the deck
Forry leads us down the outer staircase
Forry leads us down 
the outer staircase
Down the outer staircase to the dungeon
Down the outer staircase
to the dungeon
Forry beats back the roaring monster to gain entry to the dungeon
Forry beats back the roaring monster
to gain entry to the dungeon
Dungeon monster tamed... for the moment
Dungeon monster tamed
. . . for the moment
Bill mistakenly opens a coffin... in use.
Bill mistakenly opens a coffin
. . . in use.
 
Sci-fi's grand old man, Forrest J Ackerman, dies
(1916-2008)
Forrest J. Ackerman in his memorabilia-crammed Ackermansion home in Los Angeles in 1990. (Alan Light)Associated Press ~ December 5, 2008
LOS ANGELES (AP) Forrest J Ackerman, the sometime actor, literary agent, magazine editor and full-time bon vivant who discovered author Ray Bradbury and was widely credited with coining the term "sci-fi," has died. He was 92. Ackerman died Thursday of heart failure at his Los Angeles home, said Kevin Burns, head of Prometheus Entertainment and a trustee of Ackerman's estate.

Although only marginally known to readers of mainstream literature, Ackerman was legendary in science-fiction circles as the founding editor of the pulp magazine Famous Monsters of Filmland. He was also the owner of a huge private collection of science-fiction movie and literary memorabilia that for years filled every nook and cranny of a hillside mansion overlooking Los Angeles. "He became the Pied Piper, the spiritual leader, of everything science fiction, fantasy and horror," Burns said Friday.

Every Saturday morning that he was home, Ackerman would open up the house to anyone who wanted to view his treasures. He sold some pieces and gave others away when he moved to a smaller house in 2002, but he continued to let people visit him every Saturday for as long as his health permitted. "My wife used to say, 'How can you let strangers into our home?' But what's the point of having a collection like this if you can't let people enjoy it?" an exuberant Ackerman told The Associated Press as he conducted a spirited tour of the mansion on his 85th birthday.

His collection once included more than 50,000 books, thousands of science-fiction magazines and such items as Bela Lugosi's cape from the 1931 film "Dracula." His greatest achievement, however, was likely discovering Bradbury, author of the literary classics "Fahrenheit 451" and "The Martian Chronicles." Ackerman had placed a flyer in a Los Angeles bookstore for a science-fiction club he was founding and a teenage Bradbury showed up.

Later, Ackerman gave Bradbury the money to start his own science-fiction magazine, Futuria Fantasia, and paid the author's way to New York for an authors meeting that Bradbury said helped launch his career. "I hadn't published yet, and I met a lot of these people who encouraged me and helped me get my career started, and that was all because of Forry Ackerman," the author told the AP in 2005.

Later, as a literary agent, Ackerman represented Bradbury, Isaac Asimov and numerous other science-fiction writers. He said the term "sci-fi" came to him in 1954 when he was listening to a car radio and heard an announcer mention the word "hi-fi." "My dear wife said, 'Forget it, Forry, it will never catch on,'" he recalled. Soon he was using it in Famous Monsters of Filmland, the magazine he helped found in 1958 and edited for 25 years. 

Ackerman himself appeared in numerous films over the years, usually in bit parts. His credits include "Queen of Blood," "Dracula vs. Frankenstein," "Amazon Women on the Moon," "Vampirella," "Transylvania Twist," "The Howling" and the Michael Jackson "Thriller" video. More recently, he appeared in 2007's "The Dead Undead" and 2006's "The Boneyard Collection." Ackerman returned briefly to Famous Monsters of Filmland in the 1990s, but he quickly fell out with the publisher over creative differences. He sued and was awarded a judgment of more than $375,000. 

Forrest James Ackerman was born in Los Angeles on Nov. 24, 1916. He fell in love with science-fiction, he once said, when he was 9 years old and saw a magazine called Amazing Stories. He would hold onto that publication for the rest of his life. Ackerman, who had no children, was preceded in death by his wife, Wendayne.

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Sci-fi's grand old man, Forrest J Ackerman, dies
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FORRY ACKERMAN'S "I HAVE TO HAND IT TO YOU" PROJECT
Forrest Ackerman Lives On by Guillermo del Toro
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