||[Feb. 23rd, 2009|04:41 pm]
The Time Machine Show
Tonight's show will be one of a great memorial to those who have recently departed us. I will be running a dedication show for them. Among the list of those being remembered are:|
Forrest J. Ackerman-
I've known Forry going quite some time back, and although we knew his time was coming, we still had a difficulty in accepting the news of his loss. Forrest J. Ackerman was a tremendous man, helping millions get on their way to a literary and movie-making career. He was the editor of Famous Monsters of Filmland, and have starred in many horror and science fiction films. He and I are both very close friends with Carla Laemmle, actress in the original Dracula (1931) and a prima ballerina dancer in Phantom of the Opera (1925). When I heard the news, I immediately called Carla and talked to her for a while, which was a great stroke of comfort for the both of us. Forry was quite the collector of science fiction memorabilia, and everyone saw Forry as their own uncle, for his advice, his help, and his concerns.
Patrick "Furp" Reed-
The furry community mourned the abrupt passing of Furp, a very well-respected fur amongst thousands of people, from those that didn't know him well enough but really wanted to, to those whom he had offered first aid when they needed it. Furp was also the type of guy that knew how to party and when, and never held any grudges against anyone for any reason. He always wished the best for the welfare of each and every one of us, and went above and beyond the call of duty to offer aid and help wherever it was needed. He was only 29.
Sam was a guy that constantly came into the record store when I worked there as an energetic teen, and I recall the many times he would come in to visit my boss, Doug, and we would all have a great time joking about things and playing some awesome guitar licks. Sam was recently removed from this earth by his own hand, as he committed suicide shortly after being prescribed sleep medications, which may have had a serious impact on his suicidal decision. Sam was very well respected, and was a supreme fan of music of many types, mostly classic rock and roll. Friends and loved ones of Sam's deeply mourned his loss, for he was more than a friend to some, and an all-around great guy.
Molly Bee was a very talented country singer, who started her singing career at age 10. She made her way to the Tennessee Ernie Ford Show, where she became a regular guest. Her voice was fantastic and her humor brought smiles to the many people that she worked with. I first met Molly Bee precisely one year ago. I was very eager to meet her, for I had listened to her music and loved the sound of her magnificent voice. She was a constant guest on the Tennessee Ernie Ford show, as well as Melody Ranch and I believe she was also on a couple episodes of Hee Haw, though I may be mistaken about that one. When I met with Molly Bee, I had nothing but great things to say about the experience. She was quite busy meeting with fans and friends alike, but she still had enough time set aside to hang out with me and relive some of those old memories by showing her some Youtube videos of her performances. She was very impressed with how much I admired her, and the visit we had with one another was indeed one to remember for eons to come. Recently, Ms. Bee died of a stroke at 69 years of age.
These people all meant something to me, and it really hurts when someone you love or admire is gone, but when multiple people in your life start to go, it doesn't make the pain of their loss that much easier to take. However, we must remember the people that we once knew, admired, and loved with fond memories of their existence on this earth and what they meant to us all. Then, think of them in a much better, more peaceful place, free of pain and worriment, and allow that thought to bring us relief. True that they will still be missed here on Earth, but we shall all reunite together at one point in time when it comes our turn to make that crossover into the afterlife, where we shall become one with those we loved and appreciated in life once again.
I hope to have a decent outcome in listener ratio for tonight's show. I will also be turning to the listeners for any words that they would like to impart onto anyone they've ever lost in life. If you've missed the link before, details on how to tune into the Time Machine Show are on the home page, left-hand navigation panel under the Planet Furry server on http://www.planetfurry.com/users/sonicblu. Feel free to tune in, post a message to my IM about anyone you wish to remember and any fond memories you've had, and come together with other listeners in the times of tragedy and loss. I, as well as the ones that have departed us, will most appreciate it.
Forrest J. Ackerman
November 24, 1916 – December 4, 2008
August 18, 1939 – February 7, 2009
Patrick "Furp" Reed
November 8, 1979 – February 18, 2009