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9909Re: Martin Gear, RIP

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  • Pierre & Sandy Pettinger
    Jul 19, 2013
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      At 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.

      Pierre

      >Thanks for getting this started, Byron. I met Marty, only once, at
      >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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