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Forrest Ackerman, R.I.P. 
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Post Forrest Ackerman, R.I.P.
http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/la-me-ackerman6-2008dec06,0,7179199.story

On balance, belongs in the Heinlein Unlimited forum because of their association. It was during a tour of the Ackermansion that I spied Heinlein's home address on a letter-in-progress in an Ackertypewriter and memorized it so I could send Heinlein my first and only fan letter.


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Post Re: Forrest Ackerman, R.I.P.
I wish I'd had that opportunity before Heinlein died.

Forrie didn't introduce me to Heinlein, but he added immeasurably to what I know about Isaac Asimov and some other writers when he filled in for Ray Bradbury, who was too sick to appear, at Loscon in I think 2001. He then showed up at a party I was at that evening and held court, with many of us sitting around, listening, and firing questions at him.

I'm sorry he's gone. I hope it's to somewhere better.

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Post Re: Forrest Ackerman, R.I.P.
It will be hard to think of SF fandom without Forrest Ackerman active in it. 4sj was born a couple of weeks after my late uncle Donald Franson, another Los Angeles fan and writer and member of First Fandom.

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Post Re: Forrest Ackerman, R.I.P.
Without Forry, I never would have tracked down the stuff I did about Leslyn, or recovered the audiotape of Heinlein's Denvention speech. Forry was utterly gracious with his time and information, and he let me borrow the tape made from the original records long enough for the HS to make a clean copy on cd.

Generosity was the man's middle name.

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Post Re: Forrest Ackerman, R.I.P.
I'm not sure how I came by Heinlein's address for the couple of fan letters I wrote him. Could have been from my uncle, Donald L. Franson -- who himself may gotten it from 4sj: he and my uncle were Los Angeles contemporaries.

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