9909Re: Martin Gear, RIP
- Jul 19, 2013At 10:14 PM 7/18/2013, you wrote:
I strongly support such an award. Perhaps refine the name and the
recipient, but it is the least we can do. I am going to be thinking
if there is something else we can do.
>Thanks for getting this started, Byron. I met Marty, only once, atInternational Costumers' Guild Archivist
>Costume-Con 30 in Tempe. I wish that I could have spent more time
>with him because he was someone who had a lot of lessons to teach.
>The one thing I remember clearly was when we were first introduced.
>He looked me up and down sternly and said that he heard I was
>running for ICG President that year. I had heard stories and was
>more than a little nervous. Then he broke in to a smile and said
>that he guessed that I hadn't run fast enough.
>I have a feeling that I wasn't the first person that he tried that
>one on. Unfortunately, I was the last, and I'm deeply saddened to realize that.
>Since Marty is associated with masquerades, perhaps something
>related to that would be appropriate. The Greater Bay Area Costumers
>Guild occasionally gives a "Rising Star" award to recognize a novice
>who shows exceptional promise. Kathe won the award exactly 10 years
>ago at our first masquerade, and I think that it made a strong
>impression on her.
>Perhaps we could institute a similar award that we might dub the
>"Marty." The award would recognize a novice or a young adult at one
>of the International masquerades who shows exceptional promise as
>demonstrated by a combination of workmanship and performance, and
>who would benefit from our encouragement. There could even be a page
>on the ICG website to show past "Marty" recipients. It would be
>interesting to look back later to see what they've done since then.
>Any comments on this idea, or other ideas for ways we might honor
>Marty and his contribution to the costuming community?
>--- In <mailto:ICG-BOD%40yahoogroups.com>ICG-BOD@yahoogroups.com,
>Byron Connell <byronpconnell@...> wrote:
> > As you may have heard, Marty Gear died today. In addition to his
> many other contributions to the costuming community, for which we
> honored him as the second recipient of our Lifetime Achievement
> Award (in 1991), he was one of the founders of the ICG and served
> as its Executive Director from its establishment in 1985 until our
> incorporation in 1989.
> > Perhaps more than anyone else in our community, Marty was
> responsible for bringing masquerades and other costumed stage
> events to their present state.
> > I ask that the Board take appropriate action to honor him in his
> passing. We did so, for example, with the loss of Pat and Peggy
> Kennedy by naming our archives The Pat and Peggy Kennedy Memorial
> Archive. We should do something equally significant for Marty. I
> would be proud to co-sponsor any appropriate Board resolution.
> > Byron Connell
> > President
> > New Jersey-New York Chapter
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