Wes Shank

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5:41 PM - Aug 10, 2018 #1

From an accidental fall. One of the nicest guys in fandom. Absolutely horrible news.
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5:54 PM - Aug 10, 2018 #2

Super-friendly, I liked him a lot. In addition to preserving some Blob and other BLOB memorabilia, he was responsible for the re-discovery and re-emergence of all the censored KING KONG footage. R.I.P.
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6:07 PM - Aug 10, 2018 #3

Never met the man, but certainly knew of him.  So sorry to hear this.
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thehorrorboy
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6:57 PM - Aug 10, 2018 #4

Met him a few times.  He had a 35mm projection system in his home.  Showed me a trailer reel containing mostly junk, but also MAN OF A THOUSAND FACES.  Let me read his original BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN pressbook.  And, of course, showed me... the Blob!  Very sad to hear about this. How old was he?  What was the exact cause of death?  What kind of fall?
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7:16 PM - Aug 10, 2018 #5

I met Wes (and his Blob) a few times at conventions. Very nice man. 

As a teenager, didn’t he make his own version of IT CONQUERED THE WORLD, complete with a life-size Beulah, that earned a page or two in FM?
GARY L. PRANGE
I'm not all bad, just mostly.

"Sic gorgiamus allos subjectos nunc." 
  
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7:47 PM - Aug 10, 2018 #6

My heartfelt condolences go out to Wes’s family & friends.
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7:55 PM - Aug 10, 2018 #7

"he was responsible for the re-discovery and re-emergence of all the censored KING KONG footage."

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! You changed the face of horror film history.
RIP

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8:06 PM - Aug 10, 2018 #8

Here is Wes with the Blob. 
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Judging from online stories, he apparently was in his 70s.
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8:08 PM - Aug 10, 2018 #9

Such sad news.  Wes was a lovely guy, friendly to all, and an absolute pleasure to talk with.  Condolences to his family and friends -- he shall truly be missed. I'm so happy I got to know him.
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9:23 PM - Aug 10, 2018 #10

Horrible news. I chatted with him at a number of east coast shows over the years. You couldn't find a nicer, more friendly guy.  RIP
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11:00 PM - Aug 10, 2018 #11

Very sad news.  He was a gracious host and it was always a treat to sit in his home theater and enjoy a show long before all the video options we enjoy today.  My deep condolences to his family. 
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11:09 PM - Aug 10, 2018 #12

I never met Wes (or his Blob) but he is certainly a legendary figure in monster fandom. I've seen his name over the years many times in magazines and books. 

So sorry to hear he is gone, especially from a fall. Tragic. 

Rest in peace to Wes and sincere condolences to all who loved him. 
Hey, how much for the Buick?
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11:51 PM - Aug 10, 2018 #13

VERY nice guy.  Bought some posters from him in the late 70s.  

Sad, sad news.  
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12:35 AM - Aug 11, 2018 #14

Met him at Monster Bash a few years back. He was a very nice guy who loved the same movies as we all did.
Very sorry to hear about his death. My condolences to all who were close to him.
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3:17 AM - Aug 11, 2018 #15

I heard the terrible news when I returned home from work this evening.  I am devastated by his loss.  I first met Wes at Forry Ackerman's original Famous Monsters of Filmland convention at Loew's Midtown Motor Inn in New York City in September, 1965.  We became instant friends.  Wes helped to launch me on my own collecting career.  I spent many happy evenings at his parents home in Rosemont, Pennsylvania, screening 35 mm prints of "Forbidden Planet," "The Blob," "The Thief of Bagdad," "King Kong," and countless other classic science fiction, fantasy, and monster films.  These were magical evenings in Wes's home theater, and these gatherings became the thing to do, and the place to be for any local, self respecting genre fans.  When I lost my job in television and went bankrupt financially, it was Wes who offered me a job at his side in his professional film lab.  We serviced, repaired, restored, and rejuvenated hundreds of 16mm and 35mm prints on loan from film libraries and television stations all over the country. Wes was a deservedly beloved, near legendary figure in fantasy film fandom.  His influence upon my own life and experience in fandom was incalculable.  I mourn his loss, and cherish his memory and friendship.  My heart goes out to his wife, Judy, and his son, David.  Life is so very brief, and so wonderfully precious.  We must cherish and value those we love as though they may leave us tomorrow for, in truth, they very well may.  Rest in peace, dear Wes.  It was my honor to call you my friend.

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10:36 AM - Aug 11, 2018 #16

My condolences to all.
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12:16 PM - Aug 11, 2018 #17

He had a lot of his BLOB stuff and he was yukking it up at Monster Bash just several weeks ago. Makes you contemplate the unhappy truth that aaaanybody can be here today and gone tomorrow.
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1:32 PM - Aug 11, 2018 #18

My condolences to his friends and family.  Death always gives us a reason to mourn but a sudden and unexpected death is even sadder. 
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5:36 PM - Aug 11, 2018 #19

Yes, I just saw him at the bash again a few weeks back. SUPER friendly and open, sharing man. Would just let you handle and stare at the BLOB stuff from an inch away, fascinating.
This is really surprising and sad news. What Tom said above...

RIP -

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8:30 PM - Aug 11, 2018 #20

Nice man - met him at Blobfest a few years ago
Signed his book - Memoirs of the Blob - with the inscription
"Always keep some CO2 handy!"

rest in peace
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