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Super sci-fi fan

Super sci-fi fan

April 26, 1982: Forrest J. Ackerman shows off a head from Frankenstein’s Bride, one of  300,000 pieces of science-fiction, horror and fantasy memorabilia in his Los Feliz home. He gave informal tours to the public but eventually had to sell most of his collection to pay bills.

As reported in this Los Angeles Times 2008 obituary, not only was Ackerman a super sci-fi fan, he is credited with coining the term “sci-fi.”

This portrait by retired Los Angeles Times Director of Photography Larry Armstong was used with a 1982 Times profile of Ackerman. In that story, Ackerman is quoted:

“My wife and I were listening to the radio, and when someone said ‘hi-fi’ the word ‘sci-fi’ suddenly hit me,” Ackerman said. “If my interest had been soap operas, I guess it would have been ‘cry-fi,’ or James Bond, ‘spy-fi.’ “

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2 Comments

  1. October 25, 2010, 8:37 am

    As the publisher of Famous Monsters of Filmland, Ackerman brought nightmares to kids across the country. He was my hero just the same, and I always dreamed of visiting his house. Thanks for this reminder.

    -Robert from Buffalo

    By: Robert
  2. October 27, 2010, 1:40 pm

    Thanks for posting this wonderful photo. I'm the current Editor of Famous Monsters of Filmland, and had the pleasure of knowing Forry personally for several years. He was a terrific guy and loads of fun to hang with. A note to Robert in Buffalo, Jim Warren published FM, Forrest J was the Editor.

    Jessie Lilley
    Karloff-ornia

    By: jessielilley

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