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American author Ray Bradbury is 90
August 22, 1920

Posted on 08/21/2010 9:58:49 PM PDT by EveningStar

Edited on 08/21/2010 10:53:49 PM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

Famed American author Ray Bradbury was born August 22, 1920 in Waukegan, Illinois - the birthplace of another great American, Jack Benny.

He has written in several genres including fantasy, horror, mystery, and science fiction.

Among his most famous works are The Martian Chronicles, Fahrenheit 451, The Illustrated Man, Dandelion Wine, Something Wicked This Way Comes, and the screenplay for the 1956 film version of Moby Dick.


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: bradbury; happybirthday; literature; raybradbury; scifi
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Waukegan's Bradbury party to include readings, trolley tours

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1 posted on 08/21/2010 9:58:51 PM PDT by EveningStar
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To: KevinDavis; Borges

ping


2 posted on 08/21/2010 9:59:27 PM PDT by EveningStar (Karl Marx is not one of our Founding Fathers.)
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To: EveningStar

Been reading him since 1949 when I first began to buy “Galaxy” Magazine.


3 posted on 08/21/2010 10:00:40 PM PDT by RobbyS (Pray with the suffering souls.)
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To: All

I live in Southern California where Mr. Bradbury lives, so I’ve had the honor of meeting him in person.


4 posted on 08/21/2010 10:01:55 PM PDT by EveningStar (Karl Marx is not one of our Founding Fathers.)
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To: EveningStar

Born August 22, 2010 ??? Something wrong there.


5 posted on 08/21/2010 10:02:09 PM PDT by OldNavyVet (One trillion days, at 365 days per year, is 2,739,726,027 years ... almost 3 billion years)
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To: EveningStar

:)

I have enjoyed many hours of good entertainment because of his work.


6 posted on 08/21/2010 10:04:00 PM PDT by NoLibZone (I am currently under federal investigation by the DNC for my opposition to the Ground Zero mosque.)
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To: OldNavyVet

I’m an idiot.


7 posted on 08/21/2010 10:04:08 PM PDT by EveningStar (Karl Marx is not one of our Founding Fathers.)
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To: NoLibZone

Should be the :( symbol.


8 posted on 08/21/2010 10:04:46 PM PDT by NoLibZone (I am currently under federal investigation by the DNC for my opposition to the Ground Zero mosque.)
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To: EveningStar; Admin Moderator

No you’re not ... AdminModerator might fix it and kill my post.


9 posted on 08/21/2010 10:05:41 PM PDT by OldNavyVet (One trillion days, at 365 days per year, is 2,739,726,027 years ... almost 3 billion years)
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To: EveningStar

ummmmmm 1920 maybe...

If he was born in 2010 he is a pretty prolific writer for his age ;)


10 posted on 08/21/2010 10:06:36 PM PDT by Syntyr (Happiness is two at low eight!)
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To: OldNavyVet

I can’t believe I did that. Well, yes I can. Sheesh. :(


11 posted on 08/21/2010 10:06:42 PM PDT by EveningStar (Karl Marx is not one of our Founding Fathers.)
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To: Syntyr

I know. :(


12 posted on 08/21/2010 10:07:34 PM PDT by EveningStar (Karl Marx is not one of our Founding Fathers.)
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To: EveningStar

I like him.


13 posted on 08/21/2010 10:08:00 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (I love BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: Admin Moderator

The correct birth year is August 20, 1920, of course.


14 posted on 08/21/2010 10:10:14 PM PDT by EveningStar (Karl Marx is not one of our Founding Fathers.)
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To: BunnySlippers

I like him too. It’s me that I’m not too thrilled with at the moment. :(


15 posted on 08/21/2010 10:11:26 PM PDT by EveningStar (Karl Marx is not one of our Founding Fathers.)
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To: EveningStar
In 2004:


16 posted on 08/21/2010 10:13:29 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (I love BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: BunnySlippers

Thanks. He’s a nice man. He could still walk when I met him eleven years ago.


17 posted on 08/21/2010 10:15:42 PM PDT by EveningStar (Karl Marx is not one of our Founding Fathers.)
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To: EveningStar

God Bless You, Mr. Bradbury, you are my favorite author. Happy birthday, Sir, and, sincerely, thank you for all the wonderful books.


18 posted on 08/21/2010 10:15:53 PM PDT by sayuncledave (A cruce salus)
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To: EveningStar
“Famed American author Ray Bradbury was born August 22, 2010 in Waukegan, Illinois”

Wrote a lot of time travel stories, did he?

19 posted on 08/21/2010 10:18:57 PM PDT by BigCinBigD (Northern flags in South winds flutter...)
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To: EveningStar

Dear Mr. Bradbury, here is my highest compliment. You are a pretty good writer, but you are a GREAT storyteller.


20 posted on 08/21/2010 10:20:42 PM PDT by Fantasywriter
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To: BigCinBigD

I wish I could travel back in time right now. :)


21 posted on 08/21/2010 10:20:46 PM PDT by EveningStar (Karl Marx is not one of our Founding Fathers.)
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To: EveningStar

To paraphrase Mark Twain:

The reports of my birth are slightly exaggerated.

PS: Welcome to the club. Laugh and be happy.


22 posted on 08/21/2010 10:31:31 PM PDT by OldNavyVet (One trillion days, at 365 days per year, is 2,739,726,027 years ... almost 3 billion years)
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To: EveningStar

Not my favorite author, but still one of the greatest science fiction writers ever.

Happy Birthday Ray!!!


23 posted on 08/21/2010 10:32:09 PM PDT by Ronin (If it werenÂ’t so gruesomely malevolent, Islam would just be silly.)
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To: EveningStar
I hesitate to post this because I am a huge fan of Mr Bradbury. Read most everything. Totally enjoyed the movies of his works. Something Wicked This Way Comes is my favorite.

In any case there is a viral video making the rounds. It IS NOT SAFE FOR WORK! However I have to admit I found it clever and catchy, although more over the top than the sort of video I would usually watch.

I won't post the title but I'll give a line from the tease.

A sexy pop song dedicated to the science fiction author, Ray Bradbury. Starring: Rachel Bloom Writer: Rachel Bloom

She worked many of his titles into the video. There may be other more subliminal messages as well however I only watched it a couple of times and probably won't watch it again.

I can't help but wonder if he has seen it, and if so what he thinks of it.

I won't post the title. If you want to see it you'll have to search to find it but if you are offended, don't say I didn't warn you! There is foul langauge and inuendo but IIRC no graphic images.

24 posted on 08/21/2010 10:35:56 PM PDT by prisoner6 (Right Wing Nuts are holding The Constitution together as the Loose Screws of The Left come undone!)
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To: EveningStar
Ray Bradbury was born August 22, 2010

Bradbury is now the subject in a sci-fi story? A future doppelganger or another Ray Bradbury in parallel universe(s)?

25 posted on 08/21/2010 10:37:22 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: prisoner6

I’ve seen the video. If it’s OK with Ray, it’s OK with me.


26 posted on 08/21/2010 10:38:09 PM PDT by EveningStar (Karl Marx is not one of our Founding Fathers.)
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To: EveningStar

I have never read this, but someone once told me that Ray Bradbury wrote a story in which somehow an analysis of the fourth dimension discloses that homosexuals play an important role in reproduction. Do you know if this is true or if perhaps the person telling me this got the author wrong?


27 posted on 08/21/2010 10:38:17 PM PDT by wideminded
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To: EveningStar
Ray Bradbury was a science fiction writer, but he was not in love with technology. In fact, he was one of the few people who could look ahead at the dehumanizing aspects of technology.

The Murderer (Originally written 1953)

The Pedestrian (Originally written 1951)

28 posted on 08/21/2010 10:39:02 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: wideminded

I have no idea.


29 posted on 08/21/2010 10:39:25 PM PDT by EveningStar (Karl Marx is not one of our Founding Fathers.)
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To: BunnySlippers

“Weekend at Bernie’s” just jumped in my head...


30 posted on 08/21/2010 10:41:33 PM PDT by cliniclinical (space for rent)
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To: EveningStar

I just did a little digging and aparently he HAS seen it and LIEKS it! Then again If I was 90 and had a hot, young gal singing about me...oh heck at my age NOW I’d enjoy it, LOL!<p.
God BLess Mr. Bradbury.


31 posted on 08/21/2010 10:42:38 PM PDT by prisoner6 (Right Wing Nuts are holding The Constitution together as the Loose Screws of The Left come undone!)
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To: prisoner6

Oh, Good Grief! I should have been in bed an hour ago. Sorry for the typos!


32 posted on 08/21/2010 10:45:03 PM PDT by prisoner6 (Right Wing Nuts are holding The Constitution together as the Loose Screws of The Left come undone!)
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To: prisoner6

Don’t feel bad. Take a look at MY typo. :)


33 posted on 08/21/2010 10:49:03 PM PDT by EveningStar (Karl Marx is not one of our Founding Fathers.)
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To: EveningStar

This is a great post... Happy Birthday to my favorite author of all time.... Reading Fahrenheit 451 as a teenager was a profound turning point for me... Although, the book is widely misunderstood, I see it as a cautionary tale of what our great country could devolve to if we continue to go down the road to apathy. We must keep our morals strong and we must keep the government’s feet to the fire!


34 posted on 08/21/2010 10:49:33 PM PDT by RedPriest73
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To: EveningStar

Happy birthday to Mr. Bradbury.


35 posted on 08/21/2010 10:51:44 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: RedPriest73

Fahrenheit 451 was fantastic and i agree with you. Another of my favs made into a movie was The Illustrated Man. Rod Steiger. I’ll never forget him trying to get to sleep in the bayou, going to the edge of the swamp and yelling at EVERYTHING to SHUT UP!<p.
And they DID!


36 posted on 08/21/2010 10:54:08 PM PDT by prisoner6 (Right Wing Nuts are holding The Constitution together as the Loose Screws of The Left come undone!)
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To: EveningStar

Oh, I didn’t know he is still alive!

Dandelion Wine was a delightful book, and I really liked Something Wicked This Way Comes, as well.

One of my favorite Bradbury works was a short story—whose name escapes me now. It was about a normal little boy born into a family of immortals (vampires, etc.), and the way that his family cared for him, knowing that he wouldn’t be around for long.

Happy birthday, Mr. Bradbury!


37 posted on 08/21/2010 10:59:26 PM PDT by exDemMom (Now that I've finally accepted that I'm living a bad hair life, I'm more at peace with the world.)
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To: EveningStar

Dandelion Wine, Something Wicked This Way Comes, The Martian Chronicles, Death is a Lonely Business, Farewell Summer...all terrific novels (tho’ Chronicles and Dandelion aren’t really novels, but whatever)

“The Jar,” “The Veldt”...

I was gonna keep listing my favorite short stories of his but I’d be here all night.


38 posted on 08/21/2010 11:30:55 PM PDT by Darkwolf377 (Forget it, Jake. It's Chinatown. -- written by Robert Towne)
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To: EveningStar

My mother-in-law (in Hollywood) is friends with him. He sends her lots of interesting ramblings in his letters, and draws all over the envelope even. Fun stuff seeing those.


39 posted on 08/21/2010 11:37:09 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: Vince Ferrer
He sure had it right in The Murderer. I think of that story every time my wife has to talk to everyone she knows as we're driving/shopping/eating/whatever. If I didn't want to use my cell phone in emergencies, I'd put it down the disposal. As it is now, I rarely answer the home phone.
40 posted on 08/22/2010 1:53:08 AM PDT by wolfpat (Moderate=Clueless)
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To: EveningStar

I loved his short story, “The Time Machine”


41 posted on 08/22/2010 1:31:05 PM PDT by BwanaNdege ("There are consequences for being wrong" - Burt Rutan)
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To: BwanaNdege

“The Time Machine” was by H. G. Wells. You may be thinking of “The Sound of Thunder.”


42 posted on 08/22/2010 1:34:25 PM PDT by EveningStar (Karl Marx is not one of our Founding Fathers.)
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To: EveningStar

SHORT STORY

“Another of my all-time favorite short stories by Bradbury is in this collection from R is for Rocket. It is called “The Time Machine”. One boy in a small town tells his friends that the man down the street has a time machine. They don’t believe him and challenges him to prove it. So off the boys go. The first boy asks the Colonel to tell them about the famous magician he saw in 1910. After that story, he asks about the buffalo hunt he was on in 1875. Then the Colonel tells them about his battles in the Civil War. Finally one of the boys asks the first one where the time machine is. It’s the Colonel, of course. I was fortunate enough to have a similar experience with my Grandfather within a week before he died. Bradbury reminds us how valuable our older people are - a good reminder in this age of youth consciousness. “

http://www.jandysbooks.com/genfic/brdbry1.html


43 posted on 08/22/2010 1:59:52 PM PDT by BwanaNdege ("There are consequences for being wrong" - Burt Rutan)
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To: BwanaNdege

Well, slap me in the head. LOL.

Thanks. :)


44 posted on 08/22/2010 2:16:02 PM PDT by EveningStar (Karl Marx is not one of our Founding Fathers.)
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To: EveningStar

“Well, slap me in the head. LOL.”

I’ll tell Gibbs to do that next time I see him... ;-)


45 posted on 08/22/2010 5:40:38 PM PDT by BwanaNdege ("There are consequences for being wrong" - Burt Rutan)
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