Acclaimed Author Ray Bradbury passed away yesterday, June 5, 2012, at the age of 91. In celebration of his life, I'd like to share with you a recording from just over 14 years ago, from a tape that's been sitting on a shelf behind me since I recorded it, on April 8, 1998. It's never been online before.
On that day, UCLA was screening François Truffaut's 1966 film version of Ray's 1953 classic Fahrenheit 451, and I'd been able make arrangements for Ray to attend, sign some books, and perhaps speak for a bit before the film.
Ray's gracious acceptance of that invitation led to his giving a most remarkable talk covering a vast range of topics. Writing. His life. The meaning of life. And much more. Including Q and A, this recording runs 80 minutes.
I can't begin to explain how much Ray's writing has meant to me, especially when I was growing up, how many times I've read 451, R is for Rocket, The Martian Chronicles, and all the rest.
So this is a very special recording for me. I hope, it will mean something for you too.
Rest in peace, Ray.
Ray Bradbury Speaking at UCLA (April 8, 1998)