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From the Archives: Super sci-fi fan Forrest J. Ackerman

From the Archives: Super sci-fi fan Forrest J. Ackerman
April 1982: Science fiction collector Forrest J. Ackerman shows off a Frankenstein's Bride mask. (Larry Armstrong / Los Angeles Times)

An avid collector, Forrest J. Ackerman kept about 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 Dec. 6, 2008, Los Angeles Times 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 accompanied an April 26, 1982, Times profile of Ackerman. In that story, Ackerman said, "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.' "

An earlier version of this post was published on Oct. 25, 2010.

Oct. 1985: Forrest J. Ackerman of Los Feliz has a collection of 300,000 science fiction items in his
October 1985: Forrest J. Ackerman of Los Feliz has a collection of 300,000 science fiction items in his home. An agreement with the city of Los Angeels for a science fiction museum fell through. John Mccoy / Los Angeles Times

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