Funny story about Ray Bradbury... sort of.

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Crumudgeonly Old Astronomer
Sep 8, 2023
California, USA
Back in the late 90's I was a member of an astronomy club in the South Bay area of Los Angeles. Our monthly meetings were in Palos Verdes.

I had not been planning on going to the meeting that month, and then my buddy breathlessly calls me and says "I can't make it to the meeting tonight but I thought you'd want to know that Ray Bradbury is going to be the speaker!" I exploded out of my chair, grabbed a dusty copy of Fahrenheit 451 from the bookcase (I thought it would have been rude to ask him to autograph more than one book), and high-tailed it down to the meeting.

And there at a meeting of the South Bay Astronomy Club was a very nice fellow by the name of Ray Bradgury, who was a part of the JPL Cassini Saturn orbiter imaging team, who delivered a talk about what they expected to discover at Saturn when Cassini arrived there six years in the future.

It was an interesting talk, but my copy of Fahrenheit 451 is still unadorned.

Bradgury was a very nice guy, and the talk was cool. My buddy apologized profusely when I told him the name of the speaker, but I still gave him some guff over the whole affair. :)
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