One of the coolest original ILM guys has to be Lorne Peterson.
in Mr Petersons own words
"I was doing sculptures for McDonaldland, and I came across a person I went to college with—Bob Shephard. He was working with John Dykstra, and they talked about this project they were working on—a science fiction film—and they said they could use some help. Three months later, I heard from them again."
I think we all owe a massive thank you to Bob Shephard and Jon Dykstra