9912Re: Martin Gear, RIP
- Jul 21, 2013Hi Ric,
Having a masquerade award in Marty's honor is a great idea. A couple of things to consider on this specific idea:
1. There are multiple staged events at Costume-Con (historical, sci-fi/fantasy, single pattern and future fashion) that each present a "best in show" award.
2. Costume-Con is not an ICG event, and ICG does not currently present any awards at Costume-Con (although several chapters do).
--- In ICG-BOD@yahoogroups.com, Ric Rader and Ann Hamilton <ricrader@...> wrote:
> There is discussion within the GCFCG about possibly approaching the ICG to rename our "Best in Show" award at Costume Con after Marty. Our next meeting is August 18 where we are officially going to discuss. Just thought I'd throw that out there...
> -----Original Message-----
> >From: Pierre & Sandy Pettinger <costumrs@...>
> >Sent: Jul 19, 2013 4:48 PM
> >To: ICG-BOD@yahoogroups.com
> >Subject: [ICG-BOD] Re: Martin Gear, RIP
> >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.
> >>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
> >International Costumers' Guild Archivist
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