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Sunday, November 16, 2008

Forrest J. Ackerman Update!

As we reported earlier, horror and sci-fi fan #1, Forrest J. Ackerman (otherwise known as Uncle Forry, 4E, 4SJ, the Ackermonster, and "the poor man's Vincent Price", among other aliases) has been alien--err, ailin'--to the great concern of his many fans and friends.

But you just can't keep a good monster down, and it's with great relish (plus a dash of mustard) that we can convey some encouraging news via Forry's close friend and caregiver, Joe Moe, who recently posted the following on FJA's Facebook page:

"Following a long depressing haul, there is some GOOD NEWS.

"All of your cards, letters and well-wishes have really caused Forry to rally! The torrent of love flooding the Ackerminimansion has encouraged Forry to fight for his life. I can't predict how much longer we'll have him around. A day? A week? A month? Who knows? But I CAN tell you we're taking full advantage of this upturn to really encourage Forry to get stronger and hang around a while more. I am actually feeling hopeful he'll make it to his 92nd birthday on Nov. 24th.

Please pass this message on and let everyone know that their tributes, stories and prayers have had a miraculous effect on Forry. We should all continue to support him (and each other) and enjoy his presence as long as we are able... Thank you all so much! Joe"

Now that's the kind of news that can put a Kong-sized smile on the fiendish face of any Monster Kid! We here at HK and Cult Film News continue to wish Uncle Forry the very best and are sending our warmest regards, best wishes, and lots of love to the man who's been a lifelong inspiration to so many of us. If you want to drop him a line via scare-mail and let him know how you feel, the address is:

Forrest J Ackerman
4511 Russell Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90027

And again, the best place we know of to talk about 4SJ with our fellow Monster Kids and learn of any latest developments from those in the know is in this thread, which can be found in the cobwebbed corridors of Kerry "Count Gamula" Gammill's Classic Horror Film Board.

We also have it on good authority that Uncle Forry recently received a visit from "the Tall Man" himself, Angus Scrimm, who delivered a steaming batch of his very own chicken soup. And upon seeing him, the Ackermonster sat up in bed and growled, "Boooooy!" Talk about a fan-tasm! It's enough to make old Drac raise his glass and say, "I never drink wine--except to offer a toast to Mr. Monster himself, Forrest J. Ackerman." We'll drink to that!

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