... in the original CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON, passed away this morning. Bob Burns, who e-mailed me and asked me to post this, doesn't have any further details as yet. "I knew that he was not doing well and I wrote him a week ago," Bob writes; "I just didn't know he was this bad. I'm still in a state of shock. He was such a sweet guy." Probably the last time most of us saw "Benny" was at last summer's Monster Bash, where he was under the weather the very first night and then too sick even to leave his bed the rest of the weekend. But when I called him subsequently, he said he was going to try to rally his strength and do a few more cons. I don't know if he did or not. R.I.P., Benny.