Leslie Cook

Thank You Ray Bradbury

In Arts and Crafts, Writing on June 6, 2012 at 11:33 am

I just learned that Ray Bradbury died at the age of 91. I’ve been a fan of Ray’s writing for as long as I can remember. I first borrowed the Martian Chronicles from the library and immediately became hooked on Ray. Fahrenheit 451 came next.  The Illustrated Man, Something Wicked This Way Comes,  and so many more novels and short stories  were absorbed by me over the years. I read though all of Ray’s offerings at my local library and began a lifelong love of reading facilitated by Ray and his contemporaries.

I’ve attended seminars where he was the featured speaker and made it a habit to show up to his sessions at Comic Con each year. Ray was always funny, smart, and giving to his fans. He was also quick to criticize anyone he didn’t agree with, which was also fun to watch. In the past few years, his hearing had all but disappeared, making it difficult for him to hear the questions and praise of his fans without assistance, but it was always fun listening to the stories of his life.

Thank you Ray for taking me on your journey though imagination. Thank you for providing me with many worlds into which I could escape my everyday life. Thank you for your knowledge and support of writing and writers. And thank you for your amazing humor.

I’m going to miss you, but I’ll always have incredible writing you’ve left us to remember you by..

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