|1984 Brigham Young University recorded thirteen stories by Ray Bradbury, which was broadcast on National Public Radio. The writing was the
best of a classic author and the host was one of radio's most distinctive voices: Paul Frees. Paul Frees had a long career announcing for tv, radio,
and film. He played the newsman in the film War Of The Worlds, and The 27th Day. It was his serious low voice (the same one he used to
introduce Escape) that was used to host Bradbury 13. He would raise philosophical questions and then offer the story as a possible answer. Paul
Frees died just two years later in 1986. It was one of his last and most unforgettable contributions to radio drama.
Ray Douglas Bradbury was born in Waukegan, Illinois, on August 22, 1920. He was given the middle name "Douglas,"
after the actor, Douglas Fairbanks.
In 1934, the Bradbury family moved to Los Angeles, California. Ray Bradbury often roller-skated through Hollywood,
trying to spot celebrities. He befriended other talented and creative people, like special effects maestro Ray Harryhausen and radio star George
Burns. It was George Burns who gave Ray Bradbury his first pay as a writer -- for contributing a joke to the Burns & Allen Show.
Two of his teachers recognized a great talent in Ray Bradbury, and encouraged his development as a writer.
Snow Longley Housh taught him about poetry and Jeannet Johnson taught him to write short stories. Over 60 years later,
Bradbury's work bears the indelible impressions left by these two women.
In 1946, he met his future wife, Marguerite "Maggie" McClure. Maggie was working as a clerk in a bookshop when they
met. Ray and Maggie were married in the Church of the Good Shepherd, Episcopal in Los Angeles on September 27, 1947.
Ray Harryhausen served as the best man. They had four daughters, Susan, Ramona, Bettina and Alexandra.
Ray Bradbury's work has won innumerable honors and awards, including the O. Henry Memorial Award, the Benjamin Franklin Award (1954),
the Aviation-Space Writer's Association Award for Best Space Article in an American Magazine (1967), the World Fantasy Award for Lifetime
Achievement, and the Grand Master Award from the Science Fiction Writers of America. His work was also included in the Best American Short
Stories collections for 1946, 1948 and 1952. Ray Bradbury's most unusual honor came from the Apollo astronaut who named Dandelion Crater
after Bradbury's novel, Dandelion Wine.
Today, Ray and Maggie Bradbury live in Los Angeles. They have eight grandchildren and four cats.
|Ray Bradbury is one of those rare individuals whose writing has
changed the way people think. His more than five hundred
published works -- short stories, novels, plays, screenplays,
television scripts, and verse -- exemplify the American
imagination at its most creative.
|"This is Ray Bradbury.
Join me for the next 30 minutes on a tour through time and space. Come along to the
far future. Follow me into a strange past, with stories that almost could be, or might
have been, real or unreal. This is Bradbury 13."
|Bradbury Thirteen 01 84-04-02 The Ravine
|Bradbury Thirteen 02 84-04-09 Night Call, Collect
|Bradbury Thirteen 03 84-04-16 The Veldt
|Bradbury Thirteen 04 84-04-23 There Was An Old Woman
|Bradbury Thirteen 05 84-04-30 Kaleidoscope
|Bradbury Thirteen 06 84-05-07 Dark They Were, And Golden-Eyed
|Bradbury Thirteen 07 84-05-14 The Screaming Woman
|Bradbury Thirteen 08 84-05-21 The Sound Of Thunder
|Bradbury Thirteen 09 84-05-28 The Man
|Bradbury Thirteen 10 84-06-04 The Wind
|Bradbury Thirteen 11 84-06-11 The Fox And The Forest
|Bradbury Thirteen 12 84-06-18 Here There Be Tygers
|Bradbury Thirteen 13 84-06-25 The Happiness Machine