Now in our ninth calendar year!
PCR #454 (Vol. 9, No. 49) This edition is for the week of December 1--7, 2008.
FORREST J ACKERMAN IS GONE
Well gang. I just don't know what to say right now, so I'll just type what hits me.
Today has been a whirlwind of sadness before learning this news, as today is the 20th anniversary of my fathers death from cancer. All day at work the feeling of his loss was with me harder than years past. Ready to put the day behind me, I clocked out and headed to my car.
Once in, I noticed my cell has a message. It was my brother, Mark, who knows too well my affection for Forry Ackerman and FM, and just wanted to know if I'd heard the news he passed on. I hadn't.
My first thought was of how much Forry has impacted my life by hooking me with FM. My second was of my dear friend I see far too litle of, who shares this common bond of uncommon appreciation for Forrest J Ackerman. When Nolan answered the phone,the reality hit hard as I braced to break the news. As I knew he would be, he was crushed by the news. Surely a feeling reverberating throughout the planet earth.
What an amazing life for an incredibly amazing man; THE MAN who personally INVENTED the term Sci-Fi (when he heard some radio dude say 'hi fi'), gave Farenheit 451 and Martian Chronicles writer Ray Bradbury his first shot, gave Jim Warren a reason to want a monster magazine, which led to Famous Monsters of Filmland.
Personally answered one of my emails.
Forry rubbed shoulders and was friends with the likes of Boris Karloff, Vincent Price, Lon Chaney Jr....all the classic greats, and continued to open his home and share his illustrious collection of sci fi with fans across the globe.
A gentle and peaceful man who loved and appreciated his fans as much as he did life itself.
Forry's long time friend and confidant, Joe Moe, broke this news to fandom that Forry passed away Nov 4th at 11:58pm. And that he did so with complete lucidity, quickly and peacefully. He was 92.
Thanks for the memories Forry.
NFL LEGAL BLUES
In a world where the rich seem to be able to buy themselves out of trouble, ala OJ, NY Giants wide receiver Plaxico Buress may be the poster boy for how that has changed.
Buress is in legal trouble because for some reason intelligent people can not ascertain, he decided to take a gun into a nightclub. It wouldn't have been a big deal if the gun wasn't loaded, which it was, and it hadn't gone off injuring Plax, but it did. We can be thankful that no one else was injured, or killed, when this went off.
Worse yet for the SUPER BOWL Super Star, his weapon isn't Registered in the state of New York, which happens to have the toughest gun laws in the nation. This is something Buress has discovered, as he now faces the MINIMUM sentence of 3 and a half years in prison. Yes sports fans, that's right. The MINIMUM is 3.5 years.
With Mayor Bloomberg screaming for Buress' head, demanding that they throw the book at him, it is looking like the 31 year old receiver may have played his last game in the NFL, as he was placed on the Inactive list, and suspended for 4 games, ending his season.
Buress has posted bail to the tune of 100 large, and awaits a court date in March. Until then, at least, he is a free man. Let's hope he will show he is a much wiser one, too.
Many scientists and theorists say it's on it's way! But exactly what is it?
It's a wayward planet on its own orbit, contrary to that of our orbital spin, that will be near the earth December 12, 2012, just as the Mayans say.
FANTASY FOOTBALL HEAVEN
Not that any of you care, but I am quite excited to tell you that I have made the playoffs in 5 of 6 leagues I was in this year.
One of those leagues is TBFFL (Tampa Bay Fantasy Football League) of which our very own Mike Smith is a participant. While I am in the playoffs with...ahem...the best record in the league at 11-2, Mike is still in the running for the final playoff spot! (good luck buddy)
Of course, if I get spanked next week my sadness will certainly surpass my present joy, but that's for next weeks rail.
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