Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Bradbury 13: A Bit About Ray

I spent three days a week for 10 years educating myself in the public library, and it's better than college. People should educate themselves — you can get a complete education for no money. At the end of 10 years, I had read every book in the library and I'd written a thousand stories.
–Ray Bradbury

He's been writing for the better part of a century. He has published more than 300 short stories and novels. Ray Bradbury has captured the imaginations of many, inspired those around him to create and influenced the way we look at life. His most profound tales are those that are based on his own personal experiences and go beyond mere entertainment. They provoke thought and prompt action. Like a ripple in a pond, growing bigger as it moves outward, his influence on pop culture is so profound it is impossible to tell how far reaching it truly is.

Ray Bradbury is a prolific writer. He loves writing and, as it turns out, audiences world-wide love reading his stories. I enjoyed this little clip of Ray Bradbury talking about how he got his start in writing.

• Learned to do magic tricks and loved magic almost as much as writing.
• Never obtained a driver's license.
• Has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
• There is a crater on the moon named Dandelion Crater in his honor.
• There is an asteroid in the belt between Mars and Jupiter named 9766 Bradbury.
• Sold newspapers at a corner stand to support himself before his writing career took off.

Thanks, Ray, for making the world a more beautiful place.


WoolenSails said...

I love Sci-fi and he is truly a great writer.


Jill said...

His words are so profound. It's interesting to know that he was constantly writing, always putting stuff out there. It's no wonder what was published is so good. He never stopped practicing.
Makes me want to read more.

Jennifer Lovell said...

I love his thoughts on educating oneself in the library. I would love to read every book there, too.