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Ricky Thompson
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posted 01-02-2005 02:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ricky Thompson   Click Here to Email Ricky Thompson     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just received word that Frank Kelly Freas passed away early this morning.

Freas was a NASA mission artist. His space paintings hang in the Smithsonian.

He was commissioned by the Skylab I astronauts to design their crew patch. He was also commissioned by NASA to complete a set of prints ("Broken Earth") in the early 70's to generate public support for the Apollo program.

Freas was recognized as the most prolific and popular science fiction artist worldwide. Nominated twenty times, Freas was the first to receive ten Hugo Awards (the world science fiction "Oscars") for achievement in the field as Best Professional Artist.

Freas was a kind, gentle man that will be missed.

Hawkman
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posted 01-02-2005 03:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkman   Click Here to Email Hawkman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It was the rock group Queen's love of his work that led them to commission him to do their 'News Of The World' album cover.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 01-02-2005 09:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
From Freas' website:
For those in the Los Angeles area, who wish to pay respects: the following events will happen Monday, January 3, 2005:

Kelly's Service:
Gates, Kingsley & Gates Priswater Mortuary
6909 Canoga Avenue
Caoga Park CA phone 818-348-3354
time: 1:00 pm

Kelly's Burial:
time: 2 pm
Oakwood Memorial Park
22601 Lassen St
Chatsworth CA
818-341-0344

For those who wish to send food to Freas' house:
Call Brent's Deli and ask them to deliver to the Freas' house [they know where it is]
19565 Parthenia
Northridge, CA
818-886-5679

The Kelly Freas Memorial will take place on Sunday, January 9, 2005 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with light reception to follow:

Church of Scientology Celebrity Center and Manor Hotel
5930 Franklin Avneue
Los Angeles, CA
Phone: (323) 960-3100
Enter on Branson St., first ramp south of Franklin Avenue,
Valet parking will be provided.

Gilbert
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From: Carrollton, GA USA
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posted 01-03-2005 09:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gilbert   Click Here to Email Gilbert     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Freas several times over the years at various SF conventions. He was one of the nicest people you could ever hope to meet.

Rob Joyner
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posted 01-04-2005 12:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rob Joyner   Click Here to Email Rob Joyner     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Hawkman:
It was the rock group Queen's love of his work that led them to commission him to do their 'News Of The World' album cover.
Thanks for the info about the Queen LP. I'm sorry to say that even though I've been drawing all my life, I was never one to keep up with contemporary art. But I knew I had heard or seen the name Kelly Freas before.

I literally have just pulled out my 'News of the World' LP. It's a gatefold album and at the bottom left of the inside painting is his signature. 'News of the World', by the way, is one of Queen's best albums.

I had no idea just how prolific and admired Freas was. My condolences go out to his family, friends and all of you who had the opportunity to appreciate him in his lifetime.

E2M Lem Man
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posted 01-08-2005 01:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for E2M Lem Man     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I asked Paul Weitz last year about how they got Freas to do the patch for their Skylab II mission insignia. He said that they had almost forgotten to do a patch, but as Pete Conrad and he were talking one day they remembered, so they nominated Joe Kerwin to do it as he wasn't around to object!

Kerwin suddenly became the "mission emblem officer", and was duly informed by telephone from mission commander Conrad.

Weitz went on to say that Kerwin read a lot of the classic science fiction pulp magazines, and that was how Joe came up with Kelly Freas, as Freas had done so many of those magazine illustrations – inside and out!

The original patch of the design hangs in Freas' entryway, along with one from Paul Weitz's personal collection that we obtained for him.

For Freas' view, see Gene Dorr's Space Patches website.

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