By John King Tarpinian: The South Pasadena Library was one of many libraries that loved Ray, and Ray felt the same way. Their meeting room is an original Carnegie Library, with the new library built onto it, unlike most that have been torn down. This room can comfortably seat 125 people. The room was full.
Two author/artists were in attendance. Gris Grimly, who did the newly illustrated edition of Halloween Tree, talked about how Ray inspired him. Gris brought along the book’s original artwork for people to see. He also brought a case of books, all of which were gone by the end of the evening.
The other was T.E. Grau who also spoke. Ted heard about Ray’s home being demolished because of File770. He immediately went over to the house and with a minor bribe secured a few pieces of the house.
There were three members of Ray Bradbury’s Pandemonium Theatre Company, as was a friend of Ray’s to whom he dedicated one of his books. One of the beneficiaries of Forrest J Ackerman’s estate was also in attendance. A one-man-show is being planned for next year where an actor will be playing Ray and talking about his career, ala Mark Twain.
Luckily, a number of families brought their children to see this Emmy winning one-hour and nine minute film. They must have loved it since all you heard coming from the little ones were giggles. I’d say a good number of adults in attendance had not seen the film, in which the main character was voiced by Leonard Nimoy.
That pretty much wraps things up. A lovely evening populated with people who were unaware of this sweet film and those of us who pay tribute to Ray Bradbury whenever we can.