This is from Clyde Lewis, a greater fan of B-Movies and classic horror movies you will not find. With the sad news that Forrest J. Ackerman is slowly passing into the great back-lot of beyond, I wanted to pass along Clyde’s beautiful words. Although these are sad times, take pleasure in knowing we fans get to say “goodbye”…
Dear Forrest J. Ackerman I love you.
I remember you and I watching Evil Dead together at the Tower Theater. You leaned over to me and said “This is a great horror film, Bruce Campbell is fantastic, but it ain’t Vincent price.” I laughed and then we went to a late night coffee shop. I gave you some collected Universal Monster Toys I had, and you signed some Famous Monster Magazines. I was with a hot blonde and you charmed her almost out of her panties. I was jealous of an 85-year-old man. You were a killer talking about Uncle Bela and your times with Karloff.
It was a dream come true for this B-movie geek. I also heard that you said something to Carol Stryken (Lurch from The Addams Family) about how much you enjoyed spending time when you were on the set of Fatal Kiss. Now I hear that you are slowly fading away. That your 92-year-old body is now getting weak and that your birthday is coming up. I want to say Happy Birthday and before you leave this earth to go hang out with Ed Wood, Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, and Maila Nurmy, that you Forrest were my inspiration. You taught me that even if you were a B-movie fan, you could still charm the ladies.
Forrest J. Ackerman as a long lost friend lost in the Ackermansion, I want to thank you for my Dracula ring. (Even though it was stolen from me)..The autographed magazines you gave me when we hung together in Salt Lake City. I love you Forry… be at peace and know that every member of the Count Dracula society, and every member of the real horror community hope that when you leave us you will know that we love you. You will surely be missed.
Thanks Clyde, I couldn’t have said it better myself.