THEY CREATED THE FICTIONAL CHARACTERS WE LOVED.
He was born and raised in Waukegan, Illinois. During the height of the Great Depression of the early 1930’s the family moved to Arizona, and finally settled in Los Angeles. Ray was a dreamer and loved theatrics. He attended Los Angeles High and was an actor and budding playwright in the school drama club. He used to scoot around old Hollywood in roller skates and met a lot of celebrities that way. One of them was George Burns who let him write gags for the BURNS AND ALLEN radio show. Bradbury was captivated by fantasy and science fiction pulp magazines. He sold his first story, THE LAKE, for $13.75 at age 22. He was soon one of the most popular fantasy writers in the pulps. Ray liked to hang around the town movie houses and libraries. And it was in the study room of the UCLA School Library that Ray sat down at a rental typewriter and wrote his famous story, FAHRENHEIT 451. The rental fee was $9.80 and the charge 10 cents per half hour. The New York Times called Ray “the writer most responsible for bringing modern science fiction into the literary mainstream.”