Ray Bradbury's Interesting Facts

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1 Ray Bradbury passed away on June 5, 2012, two months away from what would have been his 92nd birthday on August 22.
2 In the 1920s, his mother took him with her when she went to see silent films. He first saw Lon Chaney's The Phantom of the Opera (1925) when he was only three years old, and it had a lifelong impact on him.
3 After finishing high school, he didn't have the money to go to college so instead went down to his local library to read three nights a week. In 10 years' time, he read all the books in the library and considered that to be his higher education instead.
4 Didn't eat a regular meal with his family until he was 6 years old. His father got tired of him drinking a baby bottle every day and smashed it in the sink.
5 When he was a baby, his mother tied him to an apple tree so she could keep an eye on him while she hung up the laundry.
6 The inspiration for his short story "The Pedestrian" came after he and a friend were out walking one night, and a policemen stopped them and questioned them because he deemed their behavior suspicious. The policemen let them go with a warning not to do it again.
7 Following his death, he was interred at Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles, California.
8 Had a nod in Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) with the ship named the USS Bradbury.
9 He was awarded Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters by French culture minister Frederic Mitterrand in 2007.
10 He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6644 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on April 1, 2002.
11 He once visited the set of Star Trek (1966) as a potential writer for the series. Crew members remembered him as being being very polite and courteous, thinking he was already making himself at home. It later turned out that he never had any intention to join the writing team, but wanted to come anyway. He remained friends with series creator Gene Roddenberry until Gene's death.
12 Ray Bradbury was well-known and much-beloved in science fiction and fantasy circles for writing stories of nostalgia, much like Jack Finney and, to a lesser extent, Alfred Bester.
13 Lifelong friends of Ray Harryhausen and Forrest J Ackerman, ever since they were teenagers and members of the same Los Angeles Science Fiction Club.
14 In 1950, he discovered that comic book publisher William M. Gaines (later famous for producing Mad magazine) had published several of his stories without his permission. Bradbury wrote Gaines a letter praising the artwork and treatment of his story, and politely asked for his royalty payment. He got it.
15 As a young man, he once sold newspapers on a Los Angeles street corner.
16 Despite the anti-censorship message of "Farenheit 451", Bradbury has continually had to fight his publisher's censors who want to tamper or alter the language and tone of the book. He says that the irony is obviously lost on them.
17 Had never enjoyed driving, and had always used either public transportation, or a bicycle.
18 When his wife started having children, he stated, "It literally scared the hell out of me.".
19 Paid tribute to in the music video "F**k Me, Ray Bradbury" by Rachel Bloom. Although he did not publicly comment on it, he was confirmed to have seen the video, and he met with Bloom.
20 A hero of his was the Italian director Federico Fellini. When they first met, as Bradbury claims, Fellini ran up to Bradbury, embraced him, and said "My twin! My twin!". They became great friends but never collaborated on any projects. Bradbury claimed that his lifelong love of Halloween was soured after Fellini died on October 31, 1993.
21 In Chaplin's Goliath (1996), a documentary about silent film star Eric Campbell, the Rosedale Cemetary spokeswoman mistakenly claims Ray Bradbury is interred there.
22 He and famed animator Chuck Jones were close friends for more than 50 years.
23 Inducted into the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame in 1999.
24 As a young boy, a friend once ridiculed his collection of science fiction and comic books, and heckled him into throwing them away. A day later, Bradbury was heartbroken, feeling that he had trashed his best friends. He immediately rebuilt his collection.
25 As a bedtime story for each of his daughters, he read (in nightly installments) "Hound of the Baskervilles" by Arthur Conan Doyle.
26 He voiced his displeasure at documentary filmmaker Michael Moore for appropriating the title of his book "Fahrenheit 451" for the documentary Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004). However, Bradbury himself is the author of "Beyond 1984" (title appropriated from George Orwell's "1984") and "Another Tale of Two Cities" (title appropriated from Charles Dickens' "A Tale of Two Cities").
27 Had a series of short stories which his publisher said would never sell, so he linked the stories together, while living at a local YMCA, and created the novel "The Martian Chronicles". He was paid just $500 for the story.
28 He was the great-great-great grandson of Mary Bradbury, a woman who was tried in the Salem Witch Trials in 1692, but saved herself from being hanged for witchcraft.
29 His original title for one of his novels was "The Fireman". He called his local fire department and asked them what the temperature at which paper burns at - and was told "451 Fahrenheit". He reversed it to make it the title of his novel "Fahrenheit 451".
30 There is a noted irony in the names of two characters in his novel "Fahrenheit 451": "Montag" is also the name of a paper mill and "Faber" is a manufacturer of pencils. Ray Bradbury insists that this was unintentional.
31 Recipient of a 2004 National Medal of Arts, awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts (USA).
32 National Public Radio's "Bradbury 13" (1984) was a 13-episode program based on many of his stories.
33 Though considered by many to be the greatest science-fiction writer of the of the 20th century, he suffers from a fear of flying and driving. He has never learned to drive, and did not fly in an airplane until October 1982.
34 He wrote the original manuscript of "Fahrenheit 451" on a rented typewriter in a public library, from handwritten notes and outlines. It first appeared in print in a shortened form (of about 25,000 words) in Galaxy magazine and later in its present length but in serial format in the just starting out Playboy magazine.
35 Son of Leonard Spaulding Bradbury, linesman with the Waukegan Bureau of Power and Light, and of Esther Marie Moberg.
36 Father of four daughters: Susan, Ramona, Bettina and Alexandra.
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