“Forgotten Hollywood”- Honoring Ray Bradbury…

Posted on May 3, 2017 by raideoman1 | No Comments

Manny P. here…

“`Like Jack Benny, author Ray Bradbury grew up in the Chicago suburb of Waukegan, Illinois. He and his family eventually moved to California, where he spent the rest of his life. Now, his home town is honoring the scribe with a really imaginative statue,  and they have launched a crowdfunding campaign to finance the project.

“`Last Fall, the Ray Bradbury Statue Committee selected a design by esteemed contemporary sculptor Zachary Oxman, whose work has been exhibited the White House, and the National Museum of American Art. His statue concept  pays homage to Ray Bradbury’s imagination, and it features the author holding a book aloft as he rides on a rocket.


                     RAY BRADBURY

“`The statue will be dedicated outside of the Waukegan Public Library, where Bradbury had been a frequent patron; and following his death in 2012, they inherited his personal collection. Once funded, the stainless steel sculpture will be erected. And, it will stand about 12 feet tall.

“`The committee is looking to raise $125,000 to fund the project. Donors who give more than $150, will be given a book from Bradbury’s library. Thus far, the committee has raised around $13,000, with another $20,000 promised. Richard Lee, the Library’s executive director, hopes the statue should remind local children of the novelist’s work, and that it may inspire them to become future authors.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

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