John King Tarpinian is helping Ray Bradbury invite people to wish Forry Ackerman a happy birthday on camera at Mystery and Imagination Bookshop on November 22. As everyone knows, Ackerman is dangerously ill, but has responded to the affection and encouragement of friends and fans.
Full details after the jump.
Hosted by Ray Bradbury
Saturday, November 22nd from
BOOKFELLOWS MYSTERY AND IMAGINATION BOOKSHOP
On November 22nd Ray Bradbury is hosting a birthday party for his dear friend Forrest J Ackerman. As most of you have heard, Forry is quite ill and will not be able to attend the event. We will be videotaping this function so that Forry will have a DVD with all of his friends wishing him happy birthday to watch on his birthday, the 24th.
We’d like to have people wish Forry the very best and let him know how much he is loved. All of Forry’s long time friends have been invited. People can give testimony/tributes to Forry. A microphone for those inclined to tell a Forry story, or tell us (and him) what he means to them.
We’ll have a full sheet cake with an image of 4E and a monster collage on it. The event is quasi-private. Instead of a come-one come-all event the word has gone out to friends of Forry first. We’ll possibly be doing a video conference if Forry is up to it. He may be able to briefly greet us. Hopefully, we’ll be able to wish him happy birthday in real-time.
If people, here, wish to post a tribute to Forry I will print it out and make sure it gets to Forry. If you’d prefer to make your letter private please email UncleEinar@earthlink.net. I will print that out and make sure it gets to Forry. You can still put a stamp on a birthday card and mail it directly to him:
Forrest J Ackerman
This is not a formal signing event but a celebration of the Ackermonster, hosted by Ray Bradbury. Although, Mr. B may be inclined to sign an item or two that is purchased from the bookshop.