John Landis recalled that "Although he was extremely ill he told me he could not die until he voted for Obama for President and he did."
Few people know why Ackerman shortened his name from James to J :
he would refer to himself from the early 1930s on as "Forrest J Ackerman" with no period after the middle initialThe truth is that he could not stand a certain combination of letters after a traumatic experience in a prototype version of an Ames Room.
Here is a demonstration of the Ames Room principle. Mrs Spat is actually the same size as Doodleberry Pumpkin-pie Fairypoo Spunsugar Detritus III, but the non-Euclidean geometry of the couch is such as to bring her much closer to the camera.