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Seeking your stories about Ray Bradbury

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla

06-06-2012 11:14 CDT

Topics: obituary

Ray Bradbury passed away last night, June 5, 2012, at the age of 91. He was a friend to the Planetary Society and an inspiration to its members, staff, and leaders. We'd like you members to share your stories of his singular influence in your lives. Please go to the Share Your Story section of the website, log in, and write for your fellow members about your memories of him and his works. Then return in the coming days and weeks to read others' recollections.

Bruce Murray presents the Tom Paine award to Ray Bradbury at The Planetary Society's 25th Anniversary Awards Dinner

Photography Alberto Rodriguez (Alan Berliner Photographers Hollywood) courtesy The Planetary Society

Bruce Murray presents the Tom Paine award to Ray Bradbury at The Planetary Society's 25th Anniversary Awards Dinner
Bruce Murray awards to Ray Bradbury the Mars flag as part of the Thomas O. Paine award for the Advancement of Human Exploration of Mars at The Planetary Society's 25th Anniversary Awards Dinner, November 12, 2005.
Nichelle Nichols and Ray Bradbury at The Planetary Society's 25th Anniversary Awards Dinner

Photography Alberto Rodriguez (Alan Berliner Photographers Hollywood) courtesy The Planetary Society

Nichelle Nichols and Ray Bradbury at The Planetary Society's 25th Anniversary Awards Dinner
Star Trek's Nichelle Nichols greets Ray Bradbury, recipient of the 2005 Thomas O Paine Award for the Advancement of Human Exploration of Mars, at The Planetary Society's 25th Anniv Awards Dinner, November 12, 2005.
 
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Comments:

LanceThruster: 06/06/2012 04:04 CDT

I was at a panel discussion for JPL’s Planetfest ‘81 (done for ABC’s Nightline) with Carl Sagan, Ray Bradbury, Bruce Murray, Gene Rodenbury, and Ted Koppel moderating (Koppel told a wicked funny joke about a “golden urinal” – punchline: “Hey Clarence! I think we found the guy that p!ssed in your saxaphone.”). Bradbury told a story about how anti-nuclear activists outside the fence of a nuclear plant were hypocrites or Luddites or something as we would eventually solve all the problems associated with nuclear power and that anyway it was wrong to stall progress. My brother let out a loud and solitary “Boo!” in back of the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. Bradbury said some sort of comeback resulting in wild applause (including my own). Bradbury then quipped, “I can tell by your reaction that you get it…and that the rest of you @ssholes don’t know what I’m talking about.” I from then on referred to it as “the night Ray Bradbury called my brother an @sshole.” It’s almost three decades later and I know a little more about the lies told in defense of the nuclear power industry (remember the phrase “Power too cheap to meter”?). I think I owe my brother an apology. This doesn't change how much I love(d) Ray, just that his optimism regarding technology could also be misplaced.

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