I’m still getting over the shock of hearing about Carl Macek’s untimely death. He was the original producer/writer of Robotech. I recently saw him at a party and he looked wonderfully healthy. Carl, gave me the opportunity to have my 15 minutes, no make that 25 years of fame, when he produced a series that no one had any idea would change the face of anime forever. Before Robotech, we were just cranking out this strange sort of stuff, we never had any idea of where it was going. Suddenly, the Robotech phenomenon took over and hasn’t stopped to this day.
Carl was a lovely and very generous soul. I remember spending the day with him in Philadelphia at one of the first of a series of Robotech conventions. We went to a delicious restaurant on South Street. He truly loved to enjoy the good things in life. He’s had the blessing of a love-filled marriage with Svea for many years, which is not always possible in our industry.
Because of Carl, I was able to meet so many incredible people including Ulpio Minocci, who was one of the kindest and most talented individuals I have ever met.
I will miss him so much. He was someone who was so filled with interesting stories and was a true gentleman.
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