Animation Promoter Prescott Wright Passes Away at 71
Ehrlich, who teaches at Dartmouth and was an international ASIFA board member for many years, told Cohen about Wright, Pres and I go back to 1979, with my first Annecy Festival. He was very kind to my wife and me, graciously introducing us to his friends from around the world and making us feel less awkward and shy. A year later he surprised me by choosing one of my abstract films for the 16th Tournee, over the objections of his more conservative co-producers. Perhaps it was the laughter that would burst from him, or the way he'd always look you directly in the eye, but he absolutely refused to allow any of us to view him as the important personage that he really was. We became good friends through the years, spending hours on coast-to-coast phone calls talking about ASIFA until I ended up running for the Board myself. Pres always had so much vitality and he's done so much for animators and for animation throughout the world, it's sad to see him so ill. I hope what Karl is doing now to convey our words to Pres will let Pres see just how much we love him and are grateful for all he has given us.
"I doubt that ASIFA-SF would exist today if Pres hadnt been so dedicated to his love of animation," said Cohen. "He was a guiding light for me and I know his advice and suggestions were helpful to many other people who love this art form."
Wright's daughter Maureen Wright, her family, and his brother Roger Wright from Florida and a few friends will have a small ceremony in his honor in Santa Fe in the first week of January. His ashes will be buried with full military honors at the Santa Fe National Cemetery (TBA). The Aspen Funeral Alternatives in Albuquerque is handling the arrangements, (505) 323-9000. Maureen Wright's email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cohen said, "We will dedicate some time at our Fri., Jan. 5 ASIFA 12th Night Party to honor his memory. Im also inviting those of you who knew him to send our newsletter a memory of him to share with others for our February newsletter." Send submissions to email@example.com.