November 24, 1916 - Science fiction lover and collector extraordinaire, Forrest Ackerman was born on this day. Up until his death in 2008, Ackerman was perhaps the biggest force in science fiction fandom, and he spent his life promoting/elevating the genre as both an art form and a cultural movement.
Ackerman was the editor and writer behind the landmark magazine, Famous Monsters of Filmland. A wizard of word play, he is credited with coining the word, "sci-fi."
During his colorful life he amassed what is possibly the world's largest collection of science fiction, fantasy and horror memorabilia. For many years he opened his home (AKA Ackermansion) on weekends so that fellow fans could come and explore his sprawling array of props and artifacts. Best of all, Forry would entertain his guests with stories and anecdotes from his many years in the business.
Here's a video of Forry describing his collection: