The Lake County News-Sun is agitating for Waukegan’s school board to name a new preschool after Ray Bradbury.
Ray Bradbury was a person of exceptional words who spliced together ideas with exceptional grace and power. He brought science fiction into modernity. He was not so much a science fiction writer as he was simply a great writer.
He played on the world stage and is revered everywhere the written word is read and admired. But he belongs to Waukegan.
Last year’s effort to rename an existing school after Bradbury failed.
Although the school board felt some inexplicable loyalty to John Greenleaf Whittier and rejected renaming the Whittier Elementary School last year, there is no such impediment now.
The “former Marine Corps Reserve Center on McAree Road” cannot possibly have any emotional tendrils attached to its name. The place will be converted into a preschool later this summer.
So let it be the Ray Bradbury Preschool.
[Thanks to John King Tarpinian for the link.]