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 presentations from 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 Awards banquet.

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.