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POW 5:

Ray Douglas Bradbury

Haleigh Ross

U.S. History

Mr. Mills

September 19, 2012

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Ray Douglas Bradbury
Ray Douglas Bradbury was born in August of 1920. He grew up with a loving supportive family

and began writing when he was only 11 years old. As a young teen he would roller blade all through

out Hollywood scoping out famous actresses, directors, writers and so on, and so forth. He made

friends with whomever he could find. One day he met a man named George Burns, Burns ironically

was the source of Ray's first official pay as a writer. In 1938 Ray made his first publication of a short

story called “Hollerbochens Dilemma”. As with any successful writer the more stories he wrote the

more people could distinguish the type of writer he was. In 1950 when “the Martian Chronicles” was

published Bradbury was established as a Science fiction novelist. In Bradbury's prime time many rumors of our nations fall were swarming around. Bradbury was

known to write about such things in a humorous fashion but no one could have expected the novel

“Fahrenheit 451”. He wrote a story about our people being controlled by the government to the degree

of being unable to legally own any type of written word. For his writings Bradbury has won more

awards then some men can count; such as the O. Henry Memorial Award and the Benjamin Franklin

Award.
Bradbury wrote stories that predicted life for the future and the seriousness of his writings were

hidden with the humor of it. No one would ever suspect a world of no literature, but we see students

hardly use textbooks in class now for they have the alternative of an I-pad. There are apps on peoples

phone with the entire bible in it. Families all together watch 8 hours of TV on average every day. Books

aren't being published as much as before, and newspaper distributors are going out of business. Ray

Bradbury published the future and has shown us the truth. He did it in a humorous way because he saw

how blind we allow ourselves to be. He knew we would hand our freedom that so many die trying to

have, over to our very own government.

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Reference
Jepsen, C., & Johnston, R. (n.d.). A brief biography. Retrieved from http://www.spaceagecity.com/bradbury/bio.htm

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by Chris Jepsen & Richard Johnston .Ray Douglas Bradbury was born in Waukegan, Illinois, on August 22, 1920. He was the third son of Leonard Spaulding Bradbury and Esther Marie Moberg Bradbury. They gave him the middle name "Douglas," after the actor, Douglas Fairbanks. He never lived up to his namesake's reputation for swashbuckling adventure on the high seas. Instead, Bradbury's great adventures would take place behind a typewriter, in the realm of imagination. Today, as an author, essayist, playwright, screenwriter, lecturer, poet and visionary, Ray Bradbury is known as one of America's greatest creative geniuses. Bradbury's early childhood in Waukegan was characterized by his loving extended family. These formative years provided the foundations for both the author and his stories. In Bradbury's works of fiction, 1920s Waukegan becomes "Greentown," Illinois. Greentown is a symbol of safety and home, and often provides a contrasting backdrop to tales of fantasy or menace. In Greentown, Bradbury's favorite uncle sprouts wings, traveling carnivals conceal supernatural powers, and his grandparents provide room and board to Charles Dickens. Between 1926 and 1933, the Bradbury family moved back and forth between Waukegan and Tucson, Arizona. In 1931, young Ray began writing his own stories on butcher paper. In 1934, the Bradbury family moved to Los Angeles, California. As a teenager, 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. In fact, it was Burns who gave Bradbury his...
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