Ray Bradbury, the legendary author of such works as Fahrenheit 451 and The Martian Chronicles passes away in Los Angeles at age 91.
Our sympathies are extended to his family and friends.
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I had the opportunity to spend time with Ray some years back when he was promoting his book, Green Shadows, White Whale, an autobiographical reflection upon travelling to Ireland to write the screenplay for Moby Dick for director John Huston.
Dominating the room, Ray shared his memories in dramatic stage fashion, with a spot-on impression of an intimidating, stern and cantankerous John Huston much to the roaring delight of those present. It quickly became apparent that Ray was just as gifted and entertaining a speaker as he was a writer. He relished at our amusement which further fueled his boisterous impression.
It was a wonderful evening the memories of which I cherish.
Thank you, Ray, for allowing so many to maintain a childlike vision and reinforce the idea that to hope and dream is okay. Your postiive outlook has been a blessing and inspiration to many who found their own dreams trampled under the weight of responsibility or missed opportunity.