Forrest J Ackerman
(November 24, 1916 – December 4, 2008)
Forrest J (he affected no period after the "J") Ackerman — 4e — was a fan (indeed, one of the founders of fandom), collector of books and movie memorabilia (he was called The Grand Aquisitor), magazine editor, science fiction writer, Esperanto enthusiast (using ktp instead of "etc"), and literary agent.
He was central to creation and growth of science fiction fandom. Famous for his word play, simplifyd spelng, and neologisms, he coined the genre nickname "sci-fi". In 1953, he was voted "#1 Fan Personality" by the members of the Worldcon, a unique Hugo Award never granted to anyone else.
He found SF when as a ten-year-old he saw the Frank R. Paul cover of the October 1926 Amazing. He became active as a fan around 1930. (See Aubrey MacDermott on the Origins of Fandom for a dubiously reliable report.)
He attended the First Worldcon in 1939, where he and Morojo wore the first "futuristicostumes" (a typical Ackermanism) and sparked fan costuming. He attended every Worldcon but two thereafter during his lifetime. He invited the very young Ray Bradbury to attend the Los Angeles Chapter of the Science Fiction League, later LASFS. He was not a founder of LASFS, but joined in its first year and became so active in and important to the club, that in essence he ran it.
He originated the Big Pond Fund, the first fan fund and was also active in the National Fantasy Fan Federation (N3F) and was for many year its only lifetime member. He was West Coast Representative for Silvercon. (And, embarrassingly, he was a supporter of Claude Degler and effectively the only member of the Futurian Society of California and the Futurian Society of Los Angeles.) His publishing included the publishing houses dyktawo, Snafucius Pubs, and Fubar Pubs.
For many years, he served as a de facto agent for sf writers who were dead or couldn’t be located, allowing their stories to be reprinted and holding payments in escrow until heirs were located.
He accumulated an extremely large collection of science fiction, fantasy and horror film memorabilia, which he stored in a house and museum known as the "Son of Ackermansion." (The original Ackermansion was where he lived from the early 50s until the mid-70s.) The Ackermansion contained some 300,000 books and pieces of movie and science-fiction memorabilia. One of his attempts to deal with the accumulation was the Fantasy Foundation. He was a candidate for TAFF in 1956.
He was married to Wendayne Ackerman, whom he met in a Los Angeles department store where she worked as a clerk selling books. They married in 1949. After nine years of marriage, she and FJA divorced — but, after a brief hiatus, remained friends and companions, reconciling and remarrying in 1972. Forry and her son from a previous marriage, Michael Porjes, did not get along.
He suffered heart problems in 1966, but recovered and on December 2, 1966, 185 people paid $5 each to attend a not-quite-a-surprise Birthday Dinner and Testimonial at the Hollywood Knickerbocker Hotel. It was organized by Walt Daugherty, Robert Bloch was toastmaster. Speakers included Ray Bradbury, Jim Warren, Guy Gifford, Carel Borland, A. E. van Vogt, Walt Leibscher and many others. He was presented with a plethora of plaques, trophies, scrolls and other stuff. The tradition of huge birthday celebrations continued and on November 21, 1986, there was a fan gathering called (in the best Ackerman tradition) 4E 2B 70.
- The Alden Press
- Amazing Forries
- Baroque Bagatales Brobdignagian
- Black and White
- A Checklist of Fantasy Magazines
- The Damn Thing (with T. Bruce Yerke)
- Hollerbochen Comes Back 
- I Remember Morojo
- Madge's Prize Mss.
- Madman of Mars (for FAPA)
- Outlandi 
- Polaris: Paul Freehafer, The Good Die Young
- Rahuun Ta-Ka
- VOM (and the VOMbozine)
- Yngvi (Ackerman)
He is the subject of a Founding Members profile by Jon D. Swartz in .
For an early biography, see.
Awards, Honors and GoHships:
- 1951 -- Festivention
- 1968 -- Order of St. Fantony
- 1972 -- Evans-Freehafer Trophy in 1972
- 1974 -- Lunacon 17, First Fandom Hall of Fame Award
- 1976 -- Rhocon I
- 1977 -- Clayton Con, Fantasy Faire VII, HBHS Minicon
- 1979 -- The Fantasy Symposium
- 1980 -- Kubla Khan Ate
- 1981 -- Toastmaster at Chattacon VI
- 1982 -- Atlanta Fantasy Fair 1982
- 1984 -- Tropicon III, Loscon Eleven, R-Con
- 1986 -- OKon 9
- 1987 -- VCON 15
- 1989 -- MileHiCon 21
- 1990 -- Toastmaster at DeepSouthCon 28
- 1991 -- Norwescon XIV, Rovacon 16, Baycon '91, ForryCon, Life, the Universe, & Everything 9
- 1994 -- Rivercon XIX
- 1995 -- Raymond Z. Gallun Award
- 1996 -- Archon 20, Baycon '96, First Fandom Hall of Fame award, 1946 Best Fanzine Retro Hugo
- 1997 -- Conquest (MB), Bram Stoker Lifetime Achievement Award
- 1998 -- ICON 23
- 1999 -- Sam Moskowitz Archive Award, toastmaster at Archon 23
- 2002 -- Astronomicon 2002, Forry Award, World Fantasy Convention Lifetime Achievement Award
- 2006 -- Big Heart Award
- Nycon II on
Also involved: - 1939 Best Fan Writer Retro Hugo - 1939 Best Fanzine Retro Hugo - 1941 Best Fan Writer Retro Hugo - 1941 Best Fanzine Retro Hugo - 1943 Best Fan Writer Retro Hugo - 1943 Best Fanzine Retro Hugo - 1944 Best Fanzine Retro Hugo - 1948 Fantasy Annual - 1950 Worldcon Site Selection - 1953 1 Fan Personality Hugo - 1956 TAFF Race - 1957 TAFF Race - Alberta Science Fiction Society - Atlanta Fantasy Fair 1983 - Baycon '92 - Bizarre (Miske) - Bjo Trimble - Brad Linaweaver - Chad Oliver - Con*Cept '98 - Cosmic Circle - Cosmos - The Serial Novel - Count Dracula Society Award - David A. Kyle - David A. Kyle: A Life of Science Fiction Ideas and Dreams - Denvention I - Ditmar Awards - Diversifier - Dr. David H. Keller - E. Everett Evans - Eastbay Club - Equicon '75 - Equicon '76 - Evans-Freehafer Award - Evans-Pavlat Fanzine Index - Faircon (NY) - Fancyclopedia 1 - Fantasy Fans Fraternity - Fantasy Fiction Field - Fantasy Publishing Company, Inc. - First Fandom Hall of Fame - Forry-FortyTwo Con - Forry: The Life of Forrest J Ackerman - Futuria Fantasia - Garrett Ford - Gernsback Award - Get Them Out on Time - HFL - Imagination! - Imaginative Tales - Inkpot Award - Jack Speer - John Magnus - Jules Verne Award - Julius Schwartz - Knights of St. Fantony - LASFS 50th Anniversary Banquet - Leslie Croutch - Leslie Perri - Light - Marcon 29 - Mort Weisinger - Mr Monster: A Tribute to Forrest J Ackerman - N3F - Noreascon 1 - Norwescon (OR) - Nova (Ashley) - Pacificon Combozine - Pacificon II - Paul Freehafer - Phoxphyre - Polaris Memorial - Presenting -- Adam Singlesheet - Relaxacon (CA) - SF Weekend - Science Fantasy Writers of America - Science Fiction Advertiser - Science Fiction Yearbook - Shangri L'Affaires - Somtow Sucharitkul - Space-Ex 1984 - Spacewarp - Spirits of Things Past - Stephan the STFAN - Tales of the Time Travelers: Adventures of Forrest J Ackerman and Julius Schwartz - The Acolyte - The Alchemist - The Battle That Ended the Century - The Fanzine Yearbook - The Gorgon - The Meteor - The Purple Dawn - The Science Fiction Fanzine Reader: Focal Points 1930-1960 - The Time Traveller - Thelma Evans - To the Stars - TusCon 17 - Unusual Stories - Up To Now: The Beginnings - Up To Now: The Situation in the West - Voice of the Imagi-Nation - Vomaidens Portfolio - WSFS, Inc.
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Also- 1939 Best Fan Writer Retro Hugo - 1939 Best Fanzine Retro Hugo - 1941 Best Fan Writer Retro Hugo - 1941 Best Fanzine Retro Hugo - 1943 Best Fan Writer Retro Hugo - 1943 Best Fanzine Retro Hugo - 1944 Best Fanzine Retro Hugo Also- 1953 #1 Fan Personality Hugo - Count Dracula Society Award - Ditmar Awards - Evans-Freehafer Award - First Fandom Hall of Fame - Gernsback Award - Inkpot Award - Jules Verne Award - Knights of St. Fantony