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Author Topic: Ray Bradbury  (Read 2212 times)
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« on: June 06, 2012, 03:27 PM »

  About 20 years ago, my manager at Lockheed-Martin asked if I would

like to use his ticket to hear Ray Bradbury that night as he had a golf

game with friends. Probably left a burn mark on his fingers as quickly

as I grabbed the ticket.

  Mr. Bradbury was speaking at De Anza college in Cupertino, CA and the

talk was sponsored by L-M. It was across the street from my apartment.

The hall held about 1,500 people, but there were only about 500 in the

audience. As I arrived, the ushers were just opening the first 3 rows to the

public as only 1 reporter/photographer had come. No one else came up, I

was shocked. So I sat in the 2nd row, a little to the right of the podium and

maybe 15 feet from the microphone.

  The speech was magical. He spoke like he wrote, in simple, straightforward

prose that painted a vivid picture. He spoke of ideas for his books, space

travel, his life.

  After the talk, he had a book signing. I brought a hard copy of a

3D space model I made for satellite proposals. When it was my turn, I thanked

him for inspiring me and asked if he would sign the photo. I had him write

"I'll see you on the Moon". He asked if he could get a copy. My knees almost

buckled as I handed him the photo he had just signed. He gave it back and

asked me to send some photos to his secretary who gave me her information.

  The next day at work, I wrote to the president of L-M Missiles and Space to

ask permission for the release of L-M property. I had an answer back in 5 minutes.

So I attached the email with permission papers into a routing envelope and put

it in the out basket. Figured they would be back within a week.  That afternoon

one of the management hand carried back the photos with all signatures complete.

  I mailed them off to the secretary and we later spoke when she received them.

She would be forwarding them to Mr. Bradbury that afternoon. I'd like to think they

were hanging somewhere in his office for these past 2 decades.

  The only sad part was that I lost that photo in our move to Las Vegas.

If ever someone deserved to be in heaven, it's Ray Bradbury. R.I.P.
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« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2012, 03:50 PM »

R.I.P. Ray.. I remember reading several of his books in school ages ago.
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« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2012, 04:21 PM »

Great writer!  He could create an atmosphere with his words like few others could. 

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« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2012, 07:11 PM »

Neat story, John! Thanks.

I think I now have another author to look up.

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« Reply #4 on: June 07, 2012, 06:41 AM »

Read Fahrenheit 451 at a young and formative age, and I think it made a deeper impression on me than anything I've read before or since. I still like to read it every now and then.

As much as his longer works were incredible, I think Bradbury had a way with short stories like no other.  His voice will be missed.
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« Reply #5 on: June 07, 2012, 12:48 PM »

Great Writer, I loved the Martian series. You could almost taste the dust in the air as you read them. His short stories were arguably some of the best in any genre. Like his Martians he may be gone but his  works live on.
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« Reply #6 on: June 07, 2012, 02:16 PM »

Great story John! Smiley
I had the chance to go listen Steven Hawking once, however I didn't have a chance to offer him any knowledge.  Best I could have done is let him know where to get the best Fish and Chips in Seattle. Huh
Sorry to hear you lost his autographed picture Sad, I hope it turns up someday.
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