|Living Legend Reception for Philip Josť Farmer|
On May 19th, 2001 the Peoria Public Library held a Living Legend Reception for Philip Josť Farmer in
celebration of his having been awarded the Grand Master Award at the Nebula Award Banquet on Saturday
April 28, 2001, The award was presented to him by Harlan Ellison. Mike Croteau had helped to arrange it
so that many of us serious to rabid collectors had all of the information necessary to make plans to
attend not only the reception but also to have dinner with Phil and his wife Bette later that evening.
The reception started at 1:00PM with an introduction by Maggie Nelson, followed by
Gloria Harp representing the Illinios State House of Representatives and Sue Herring read a proclamation
from the Mayor of Peoria, next Tracy Knight read Harlan Ellison's presentation speech from the Nebula
Next Phil Started signing what must have seemed like an endless stream
of books, magazines and other items related to his work. While he was signing Bette was looking at
concept art from a project that James De V. Mansfield is working on. After
the line finally ran out Phil took a few minutes to look through Rick Beaulieu's collection of
foreign editions, most of which Phil said he didn't remember
ever seeing the cover art for.
After the reception was over Phil was going to rest for a couple of hours before going out to
dinner with the group, Bette graciously invited the group to come to their
house to watch the tape that had been made at the Nebula Awards banquet,
while we waited. After Phil had rested we all left for the restaurant,
where we had a great meal and even better conversation with not only Phil & Bette but with fellow
collectors and fans.
After dinner Mike asked all of us to sign a shirt that he had made just
for the occasion with many of Phil's books on the shelf, he also presented another similar shirt to the
Farmers after dinner.