Wednesday, August 21, 2013

August 22, 2013: Fahrenheit 451 at 10 cents per half hour.

Ray Bradbury was born on this day in 1920 in Waukegan, Illinois. Bradbury wrote some of the great stories of our time and the story many consider to be his greatest, Fahrenheit 451, was written in the basement of a library on a typewriter that could be rented for 10 cents per half hour. Bradbury went to the bank; got a bag of dimes, and $9.80 later he had his famous novel about censorship in a totalitarian society.

Walt and Ray were great friends. Walt suggested that Ray write a story about the darker side of traveling carnivals, which resulted in Something Wicked This Way Comes. In 1983 Disney took Ray’s story and made it a feature film. Ray was extremely interested in the EPCOT project in Florida and he served as a consultant to the Imagineers on Spaceship Earth. Another of his stories, The Halloween Tree, led to one of Bradbury’s greatest tributes. In 1972, on the 35th anniversary of the story’s publication, Disneyland honored his with the lighting of his own Halloween Tree at Frontierland at Disneyland. Honor a great man by enjoying Spaceship Earth at EPCOT and keep looking to the future.

August 22, 1902, President Teddy Roosevelt became the first American President to ride in an automobile. Go to The Magic Kingdom and ride the Tomorrowland Speedway. You could even pretend you are driving in a Presidential motorcade.

Remember, your best excuse is always: waiting for your dreams to come true.

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