Ray Bradbury was born on August 22, 1920, in a small town of Waukegan,
parents were Leonard Spaulding and Esther Moberg Bradbury. His mother, Esther
films, she gave her son the middle name Douglas because of Douglas Fairbanks, and
her love of films to her son. "My mother took me to see everything.
explains, "I'm a
child of motion pictures." Prophetically, the first film he saw, at the age of
three, was the horror
classic "The Hunchback of Notre Dame", staring Lon Chanley. His teenage Aunt Neva
boy his appreciation of fantasy, by reading him the Oz books, when he was six. When
was a child he was encouraged to read the classic, Norse, Roman, and Greek Myths.
When he was
old enough to choose his own reading materials, he chose books by Edger Rice
Burroughs and the
comic book heroes Flash Gordon, Buck Rogers, and Prince Valiant. When Bradbury was
Waukegan he developed his interest in acting and Drama. After seeing a magician,
Blackstone, he became fascinated with magic also.
In 1932, his family moved to Tucson Arizona. With his talents he learned in
(amateur magician) he got a job at the local radio station. "I was on the radio
every Saturday night
reading comic strips to the kiddies and being paid in free tickets, to the local
cinema, where I saw
'The Mummy', 'The Murders in the Wax Museum', 'Dracula', .
....and 'King Kong'." His