Please read Jeff Yang's "The 'Robotech' master" article in SF Gate. This is one of the best articles I've come across honoring Carl Macek, original producer of Robotech. Read the full article here.
"But it's in the world of anime where Macek made his most indelible mark. Indeed, it's fair to say that Macek is directly responsible for the mainstreaming of Japanese animation in America, both as a content industry and as a primary creative influence for many of today's most interesting comic and cartoon artists."