Today, I must pay homage to the man who first convinced me that I wanted to be a writer, more than anything in the world. Here is a Major Dude who never lost his way, never lost sight of who he was, and stayed married to one woman, the love of his life, for her entire life. When she passed on before him, he overcame his unfathomable grief and kept on writing. His strength of spirit made him unstoppable, right up to the day he finally went to be among the stars and the heavens that he wrote about.
I was first introduced to Ray Bradbury in the third grade by a schoolchum who was himself way ahead of his grade and time. Mark Frauenfelder, who later went on to become one of the founding editors for Wired Magazine before he founded the webzine Boing Boing, was one of the strangest kids I went to school with. So it was natural that he and I became friends. We seemed to get each other right off the bat, and together, we got Ray. Ray wrote about such things from his boyhood that we as boysRead More »from Godspeed, Ray Bradbury