Saturday, August 22, 2009


Today is Ray Bradbury's 89th birthday, the amazing science fiction and fantasy author who was close friends with Walt Disney. Happy Birthday, dear Ray. What an amazing life you have had. I got to meet him once at a premiere of one his stories being adapted as a musical of all things called "Dandelion Wine" But I loved his other stories like "Something Wicked This way Comes" and "Fahrenheit 451". The Disney Studios tried to make a film adaptation of "Something Wicked", but under the Disney label they simply could not properly explore the much darker areas of the masterpiece novel. Having been influenced by science fiction heroes like Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers, Ray began to publish science fiction stories in fanzines in 1938. Ray was invited by Forrest J Ackerman to attend the now legendary Clifton’s Cafeteria Science Fiction Club. This was where Ray met the writers Robert A. Heinlein, Emil Petaja, Fredric Brown, Henry Kuttner, Leigh Brackett, and Jack Williamson. His first published story was "Hollerbochen's Dilemma", which appeared in the fan magazine Imagination! in January, 1938. Launching his own fanzine in 1939, titled Futuria Fantasia, he wrote most of its four issues, each limited to under a hundred copies. Ray Bradbury's first paid piece, "Pendulum", written with Henry Hasse, was published in the pulp magazine Super Science Stories in November, 1941, for which he earned $15.He became a full-time writer by the end of 1942. His first book, Dark Carnival, a collection of short works, was published in 1947 by Arkham House, a firm owned by writer August Derleth. A chance encounter in a Los Angeles bookstore with the British expatriate writer Christopher Isherwood gave Bradbury the opportunity to put The Martian Chronicles into the hands of a respected critic. Isherwood's glowing review followed and substantially boosted Bradbury's career.
Ray Bradbury married Marguerite McClure (1922–2003) in 1947, and they had four daughters. To date, Bradbury has never obtained a driver license. And today is kind of a funny memorial too-- for on this day in 1902, an American president of the United States too his first ride anywhere in an automobile. It was of course Teddy Roosevelt. Still on the look for work. I applied at Henry's yesterday, a new grocery Trader Joe's type of place that's opening in Burbank. I heard nothing from Trader Joe's itself. I also applied to Kelly's Paper in Burbank. Everything you apply for now is on line except the one interview that I got for a furniture store assistant manager job. Still hoping for that one. I was considering being a qualifier for ADT alarm company, but I just couldn't justify driving into Signal Hill everyday at 68 miles round trip without guarantee of at least minimum wage. Keep good thoughts for me.

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