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Kelly Flock, former General Manager of LucasArts, passes away 07 Jan, 2021 / 2 comments

Yesterday Gamasutra reported the passing of Kelly Flock, who was the General Manager of LucasArts in the early-to-mid 90s.

It is noteworthy when a management figure is as fondly remembered by developers as Flock seems to be. He wielded greenlight power during a time when the studio could boast being at a creative height, and various accounts portray him as instrumental in that status due to his championing of original titles.

It was Flock who approached Steve Purcell about licensing his comic strip characters to the company to initiate Sam & Max Hit the Road; Dave Grossman cites Flock as the influential force in the assignment of himself and Tim Schafer to a Maniac Mansion sequel as project leads; Mike Ebert remembers Flock as a counterbalance to "politics," and credits him for approving games like Zombies Ate My Neighbors and Metal Warriors. Ebert even suggests that he left LucasArts largely because Flock did.

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    ThunderPeel2001 on 08 Jan, 2021, 18:25…
    Wow, I'd always assumed Purcell pitched that himself.
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    Kroms on 07 Jan, 2021, 23:42…
    Condolences to his family and loved ones. Being remembered fondly is harder than you'd think; I hope they're comforted by the legacy he left behind.

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