Gene Beley and Ray Bradbury pose with a show robot built by Gene in 1979. The photo was probably taken not long after the robot was built.
Gene Beley attended Ray Bradbury’s 89th birthday party, celebrated at Mystery and Imagination Bookstore on August 22, and wrote about it in an article that’s just been published in the Stockton (CA) Record. Gene believes in the message Ray has consistently delivered to audiences throughout the years:
He preached that the secret to life was finding that lifetime love in a spouse and occupation – something to jump out of bed each morning and be excited about doing.
“If you haven’t found it yet, by God, keep trying until you find it!” he’d yell at college students. Today, he keeps repeating, “It’s all about love.” That love has been returned many fold from students who have since become film producers, writers and directors. Some have even hired Bradbury, or collaborated with him on projects.
I feel lucky to be in that club, having met Ray in 1968 when I was a young reporter for the Ventura Star-Free Press, and I published a biography about him in 2006, Ray Bradbury Uncensored.
[Thanks to John King Tarpinian for the story.]
I’ve seen that robot in person, I believe. Te museum was considering taking some of his robots, but sadly, it fell outside of our collection area (and our storage space was way too tight!)
I also saw Gene in a documentary about Johnny Cash at Folsom prison!