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The Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society is inviting all who wish to contribute and attend a tribute to one of their most cherished members, Ray Bradbury who passed away recently at the age of 91 on June 5, 2012.
In a statement issued by the LASFS:
A beloved member of the LASFS has recently passed. To celebrate his life we will be holding a Potluck Memorial to reminisce, and talk about how this special and talented man influenced and impacted our lives.
We have lost many an influential and important member of our club over the years, but none with such an affect not only on genre fiction fans but also, on the general public. His work brought needed attention to the world of science fiction/fantasy literature.
He joined the LASFS as a youth and was guided by such LASFS members and professional writers as Robert A. Heinlein, Henry Kuttner and Jack Williamson. As quoted by another of our beloved members Forrest J. Ackerman, a founder of the society (Born: November 24, 1916 – Died: December 4, 2008) said in a 1988 Times story, “It’s a wonder that he survived because we were all ready to strangle him,” “He was such an obnoxious youth — which he would be the first to admit. He was loud and boisterous and liked to do a W.C. Fields act and Hitler imitations. He would pull all sorts of pranks.”
Memories, video interviews are just some of the things we will have at the memorial. We hope you will join us in remembering this special man and his works.”
We have a web page for people’s memories of Ray — and for tributes to his writing. It’s currently empty, but once it has some content we’ll put a link to it on the home pages. People should write the webmaster, and we will transfer whatever they write to that page. We hope someone will get copies of any written tributes from the July 7th Memorial and give them to us to put up.
The tribute is planned for Saturday July 7, and will be held at the Society’s Clubhouse at 6012 Tyrone Ave., Van Nuys, CA
You may contact the LASFS at lasfsmktg(at)yahoo.com or call 818-904-9544 for more information.
From the Ray Bradbury Official Website:
Ray Bradbury, recipient of the 2000 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, the 2004 National Medal of Arts, and the 2007 Pulitzer Prize Special Citation, died on June 5, 2012, at the age of 91 after a long illness. He lived in Los Angeles.
In a career spanning more than seventy years, Ray Bradbury has inspired generations of readers to dream, think, and create. A prolific author of hundreds of short stories and close to fifty books, as well as numerous poems, essays, operas, plays, teleplays, and screenplays, Bradbury was one of the most celebrated writers of our time. His groundbreaking works include Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man, Dandelion Wine, and Something Wicked This Way Comes. He wrote the screen play for John Huston’s classic film adaptation of Moby Dick, and was nominated for an Academy Award. He adapted sixty-five of his stories for television’s The Ray Bradbury Theater, and won an Emmy for his teleplay of The Halloween Tree. In 2005, Bradbury published a book of essays titled Bradbury Speaks, in which he wrote: In my later years I have looked in the mirror each day and found a happy person staring back. Occasionally I wonder why I can be so happy. The answer is that every day of my life I’ve worked only for myself and for the joy that comes from writing and creating. The image in my mirror is not optimistic, but the result of optimal behavior.
He is survived by his four daughters, Susan Nixon, Ramona Ostergren, Bettina Karapetian, and Alexandra Bradbury, and eight grandchildren. His wife, Marguerite, predeceased him in 2003, after fifty-seven years of marriage.
Throughout his life, Bradbury liked to recount the story of meeting a carnival magician, Mr. Electrico, in 1932. At the end of his performance Electrico reached out to the twelve-year-old Bradbury, touched the boy with his sword, and commanded, Live forever! Bradbury later said, I decided that was the greatest idea I had ever heard. I started writing every day. I never stopped.
- The Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society
- Ray Bradbury Official Website
- Remembering Ray Bradbury, by Laura Davis