More than one place lays claim to being Ray Bradbury’s home town, somewhat like the poet Homer.
Over 100 proposals for a statue of Ray Bradbury have been submitted to a Waukegan Public Library-led committee gathering ideas for a memorial to honor their native son.
Locations under consideration include the library’s courtyard along County Street and Ray Bradbury Park
Library Executive Director Richard Lee has not set a definite timeline for action. He issued a statement saying the group is “trying to figure out what Ray Bradbury means to people. What should we highlight? We’re looking for ways to highlight his limitless imagination, his creativity and his timelessness.”
Fundraising has begun, although the target amount has yet to be determined.
Meanwhile, writer Colin Marshall recalls Bradbury’s visionary plan to redesign Los Angeles
Most of Ray Bradbury’s fans think of him first as a science-fiction writer, but I think of him as a fellow Angeleno. Though born in Waukegan, Illinois, the man who would write The Martian Chronicles and Fahrenheit 451 moved with his family to Los Angeles as a teenager in 1934. Just as he used his imagination to envision the futures in which he set many of his stories, he also used it to envision the future of his adopted hometown.
“Gathering and staring is one of the great pastimes in the countries of the world,” Bradbury wrote in a 1970 article called “The Small-Town Plaza: What Life Is All About.” “But not in Los Angeles. We have forgotten how to gather. So we have forgotten how to stare. And we forgot not because we wanted to, but because, by fluke or plan, we were pushed off the familiar sidewalks or banned from the old places. Change crept up on us as we slept. We are lemmings in slow motion now, with nowhere to go.”