[ExI] Birthday Wishes to Ray Bradbury

John Grigg possiblepaths2050 at gmail.com
Sun Aug 1 03:25:21 UTC 2010

I met his latest biographer at a local book store.  Ray was full of
life, playful, ambitious, and creative even as a young boy.  Oh, and
he was also quite the ladies man...

But well-organized he was not (though he was a born packrat/collector
who hated to throw things out)! lol


On 7/31/10, MB <mbb386 at main.nc.us> wrote:
> (Forwarded from the Cassini Huygens list)
> How? The Planetary Society Makes It  Easy
> Earth's foremost Martian, Ray Bradbury, turns 90 on August 22,  and you can
> help him celebrate by sending a personal birthday message. The  Planetary
> Society is collecting birthday greetings on its website from  well-wishers
> around the world to make a giant card for Bradbury.
> "I first  read your books ["The Martian Chronicles"] as a teenage bride in
> Africa under  the light of a Tilly lamp with bugs and mosquitoes buzzing
> round me. Never  forgotten!" reads one fan's message for the card.
> Bradbury's  extraordinary body of work includes "The Martian Chronicles,"
> "Fahrenheit 451"  and a vast collection of stories, poems and plays. Many
> space scientists and  engineers cite his imaginative journeys to other
> worlds
> as a source of  inspiration to them to pursue careers in planetary
> exploration. His famous  collection of stories, "The Martian Chronicles,"
> traveled to
> the planet Mars  aboard the Phoenix lander as part of a mini DVD created by
> the Planetary  Society, entitled "Visions of Mars."
> "The Red Planet wonders and  adventures that you first inspired in us have
> been constantly in our minds as we  have strolled around Mars these past 6+
> years with Spirit and Opportunity. Like  you, we yearn to see the place with
> our own eyes!  A fine, dusty day that  will be...! With best wishes for a
> great 10th decade and beyond," from Jim Bell  and the entire Mars
> Exploration
> Rover team.
> While Bradbury's birthday is  August 22, the deadline for submitting
> messages to the Planetary Society is  August 9, 2010 to allow time to create
> the
> card. Please add your greeting to pay  tribute to the man who brought
> humanity along with him on a seven-decade ride  through the imagination.
> "You've traveled and chronicled  another orbit of the sun! You've done
> great work -- please keep it up!" said  Bill Nye, the Society's Executive
> Director (Designate). "Your incredible  optimism, enthusiasm and vision have
> enthralled people around this planet and  motivated all of us trying to
> reach
> other planets," said Louis Friedman,  Executive Director of the Planetary
> Society.
> www.planetary.org/special/fromearth/bradbury
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