When the VES announced that it was bestowing its first George Méliés Pioneer Award on the late Bob Abel
, Ellen Wolff, one of VFXWORLDs regular contributors, expressed an interest in writing a remembrance of this frustrated magician turned vfx pioneer. Ellen, who knew Abel quite well and wrote his speeches and SIGGRAPH presentations, wanted to let us know what Bob wouldve thought of such an honor. Well, her tender and informed account of his power to do magic goes live today, coinciding with the VES 2005 Awards tonight at the Hollywood Palladium. Good luck to all the nominees and be sure to check back tomorrow to find out the results and what the winners had to say about their work and the industry.