OK, we're going with an actor here rather than a character or thing, but let's be real here: Ron Howard's younger brother Clint is, in addition to being one of the hardest working character actors anywhere, an absolute fixture in F&SF movies and, more generally, in geek culture. I mean, the guy has been in, as near as I can tell, just about everything. I mean, just go look at his filmography. It's astonishing how much stuff he's been in, and he's always so professional about it.
You want to know how cool Clint Howard is? In 1998 he was given MTV's Lifetime Achievement Award at the MTV Movie Awards. Now, this award was considered something of a spoof award, but when they gave it to Howard, it was an actual honor – so much so that they retired the award after he got it. Isn't that a hell of a thing!
So here's to you, Clint Howard. Geek culture and F&SF fandom would be poorer for your absence!
(That's Clint Howard, as a kid, voicing the child elephant.)
Finally, I can't embed this one, but it's a pretty funny send-up of movies like Armageddon, where early on the experts have to brief the President and use some handy metaphors to convey the direness of the situation.
Bravo, Clint Howard!