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Ray BradburyRay BradburyRay Bradbury was a dreamer Bradbury had a skill at putting his dreams onto paper and into books He dreams dreams of magic and transformation good and evil small-town America and the canals of Mars His dreams are not only popular but durable His work consists of short stories which are not hard to publish and keep in the public eye His stories have stayed in print for nearly three decadesRay Bradbury was born on August 22 1920 in a small town of Waukegan Illinois His parents were Leonard Spaulding and Esther Moberg Bradbury His mother Esther Moberg loved films she gave her son the middle name Douglas because of Douglas Fairbanks and she passed her love of films to her son My mother took me to see everything Bradbury explains Im a child of motion pictures Prophetically the first film he saw at the age of three was the horror classic The Hunchback of Notre Dame staring Lon Chanley His teenage Aunt Neva gave the boy his appreciation of fantasy by reading him the Oz books when he was six When Bradbury was a child he was encouraged to read the classic Norse Roman and Greek Myths When he was old enough to choose his own reading materials he chose books by Edger Rice Burroughs and the comic book heroes Flash Gordon Buck Rogers and Prince Valiant When Bradbury was in Waukegan he developed his interest in acting and Drama After seeing a magician known as Blackstone he became fascinated with magic also In 1932 his family moved to Tucson Arizona With his talents he learned in Waukegan amateur magician he got a job at the local radio station I was on the radio every Saturday night reading comic strips to the kiddies and being paid in free tickets to the local cinema where I saw The Mummy The Murders in the Wax Museum Dracula and King Kong His family only stayed
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