Ray Bradbury, Hollywood and Star Trek! Oh my!, Fountaindale Public Library

You have probably read one of Ray Bradbury’s books in school or have seen one of the movies based on his books. But did you know…

  • His books and stories have been translated into over 40 languages.
  • His most famous story Fahrenheit 451 was originally called The Fireman. He called his local fire station and asked what the temperature at which paper burns and they replied 451° F. Thus The Fireman became Fahrenheit 451. 
  • He wrote Fahrenheit 451 on a rented typewriter in a public library.
  • Fahrenheit 451 was first published unedited in a Playboy where a new section was published each month beginning in March 1954.
  • He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • He was born on August 22, 1920 in Waukegan, Illinois (only an hour away from our library).
  • The town in Dandelion Wine “Green Town” is based on Waukegan.
  • He has an asteroid named in his honor, 9766 Bradbury.
  • A crater on the moon was named “Dandelion Crater” in honor of his book.
  • He never attended college, but read every book in his local library over the period of ten years.
  • He won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing in an Animated Program for The Halloween Tree.
  • He ultimately wrote almost 600 short stories and over 30 books and plays.
  • He wrote episodes for The Twilight Zone and Alfred Hitchcock Presents.
  • Bradbury visited the set of Star Trek. Even though Bradbury never wrote for Gene Roddenberry, they remained friends up until Gene’s death in 1991.
  • The Phoenix Mars Exploration Rover carried a digital copy of The Martian Chronicles.
  • He inspired Bernie Taupin and Elton John to write the song Rocket Man.
  • He collected toys.
  • This year would have been his 100th birthday

My favorite quotes:

  • “Without the library, you have no civilization.”
  • “There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.”
  • “Why go to a machine when you can go to a human.”

You can join in the centennial celebration of Bradbury’s birthday. And check out our catalog for Ray Bradbury titles.