180 Years of Ray

Two good friends, Ray Harryhausen and Ray Bradbury, will celebrate their 90th birthdays this year.

The British Film Institute hosted a tribute event for Harryhausen on June 26. Ray Bradbury contributed a touching video tribute. Read all about it here.

For us genre fans this was absolutely amazing, it was of course a heartfelt message from Ray’s best friend of 70 years, the other living legend Ray Bradbury – there was an audible gasp as the video rolled. Through a cracked voice – he’s looking very, very frail bless him and will similarly celebrate his 90th birthday in a few months – Ray recounted how as 18-year-old friends they met at the house of their mutual friend Forrest J. Ackerman and chatted about stuff, talking about what they wanted to do with their lives, Harryhausen confessing that he wanted to make movies and Bradbury nervously admitting that he wanted to be a writer….

And there’s a comment on the post by Arnold Kunert, Harryhausen’s former agent and producer.

[Thanks to John King Tarpinian for the link.]