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Ray Harryhausen’s 90th Birthday +1

June 30th, 2010

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For anyone needing an explanation as to who I’m talking about, click here. This will go into much more depth than I will, as I couldn’t possibly do the man’s career justice in just a few sentences. He was the genius behind many movies that really fueled my imagination. As a kid I couldn’t get enough of things like Jason’s battle with the skeletons, or the Talos striding across the beach.

Personal experience time:
In March of ’06 I had the good fortune of meeting Mr. Harryhausen when a local film festival flew him in to do a screening of JASON and the ARGONAUTS and later in the day he gave a talk giving a run down of his life’s work followed by a Q&A session. All of this was happening a grand total of about three blocks from the apartment I was living in at the time!

While due to some reason I’ve seemed to have forgotten in the last four years I wasn’t able to make it to the screening of Argonauts. I did make it to his retrospective and Q&A session. Which in one word was AWESOME. While there I got him to sign a copy of RAY HARRYHAUSEN: AN ANIMATED LIFE for me. Which is not only something that sits on my bookshelf in a place of pride, it was also an excuse to shake the man’s hand and say thank you.

I’ll be lucky to accomplish half as much in twice the time as he has.

So Happy Birthday Mr. Harryhausen, even if it is a day late. Thanks will never be enough.

As a post script: While searching for an image to run on this post I discovered he’s recently donated his life work to the National Media Museum in England. This is firmly added to things I need to see before the zombie holocaust takes us all.

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