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Destroying Literary Shrines Should Be Illegal Everywhere! (Ray Bradbury)

At age ten I was deeply impressed when my grandmother and mother took my sisters and me to see Louisa May Alcott's home in Concord, Massachusetts, where the immortal Little Women took place. Nine years later I returned with friends.

When I was nineteen, my mom, sister, and I visited the boyhood neighborhood of Mark Twain in Hannibal, Missouri and Mom stood with tears in her eyes to think she was next to Tom Sawyer's home and fence.

Since then I have visited a number of other historic sites including the beautifully-preserved homes of Edgar Allan Poe in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Thomas Wolfe in Asheville, North Carolina.

After many years of trying I was able to visit my favorite author, Ray Bradbury, in his home in Los Angeles, California, an experience I will always cherish. In a day which will live in infamy in literary history, that historic home, where Ray lived for over 50 years and wrote many of his immortal works, was demolished so some sad, tired, tacky fools with no sense of history, decency, or even common courtesy can have a fancier house they could have built anywhere.

"I stood in front of the house which loomed above me like a sort of memorial.... The bulldozers flung themselves upon the walls and gnawed at them and I saw them collapse in a cloud of dust and with them all the things that were mine and as I rushed forward it seemed to me that my own foundations were giving way too and I wouldn't any longer know who I was or what I had been."

Clare Mayfield, aged 14, main character of The House in Norham Gardens by Penelope Lively.

RIP 1937 – 2015

Sorry I couldn't come up with a quote of Ray's to express what I am feeling as well as this does!

Text and pictures can be viewed here: http://raybradburyboard.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/1001093901/m/7157012366

A tribute here: http://briansibleysblog.blogspot.co.uk/2015/01/the-magicians-house.htm l

More here. Read it and weep: http://file770.com/?p=20397

Link to the Facebook page of the jerk--er, famous architect--who tore down Ray Bradbury's house so some illiterate idiots could build a stupid crummy McMansion! https://www.facebook.com/thom.mayne Here is his company's website. http://morphopedia.com/ Please take a moment to let him know what you think of him!

Attention, everybody! The house where Ray Bradbury lived when he wrote Fahrenheit 451 is still standing! Here is the public record on it: http://www.trulia.com/homes/California/Los_Angeles/sold/4262641-10750- Clarkson-Rd-Los-Angeles-CA-90064
Can we PLEASE enact a blue plaque policy in this country and slap one on this place ASAP? Thanks!

Link to the newspaper article which has drawn many responses: http://touch.latimes.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-82528588/

Okay...apparently this pathetic piece of sorry subhuman sludge is semi-articulate enough to dredge up some pitiful excuse for its slimy self. I am too ill to read it now, having lost hours of sleep over this for days, but will probably look later. If anyone else is interested here it is. http://www.mhpbooks.com/why-was-ray-bradburys-home-demolished-an-inter view

For those not on Facebook to give this deplorable and pitiable POS Thom Mayne a piece of your mind, (or for those on Facebook to contribute an additional piece), IT has an Internet Movie Database page with a message board much in need of posts! You know what to do!

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News of the destruction of the Cheviot Hills area Los Angeles home in which internationally famous author Ray Bradbury lived and worked for over 50 years has appeared in Russia and Germany, but in the U. S. seems to have been covered only in local newspaper articles! Below are links to the contact forms to submit stories to the major television news agencies in the U. S. and U. K. As many people as possible should inform them of the story and resulting fallout! Thanks for your participation!

Here is a link to a Los Angeles Times article giving details: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/la-et-cm-ray-bradbury-home-l os-angeles-norms-notebook-20150116-column.html

ABC: http://abcnews.go.com/Site/page?id=3271346&cat=ABCNews.com%20comme nts

CBS: http://audienceservices.cbs.com/feedback/feedback.htm

NBC: To report an error or comment on NBCNews.com or an NBC News program, please email contact.nbcnews@nbcuni.com

BBC: http://www.bbc.com/news/contact-us/have-your-say?assetUri=/news/107254 15

This American Life NPR radio program: storypitch@thislife.org

Re: Destroying Literary Shrines Should Be Illegal Everywhere! (Ray Bradb

I thought this was a travesty too when I read about it.
The lack of cultural awareness is tragic in its scope.
Thank you for the informative post.

Re: Destroying Literary Shrines Should Be Illegal Everywhere! (Ray Bradb

You're welcome, glad someone appreciates it. Some of the wood from the house is being made into bookends with "451" on them, to be limited to a number of 451. Not yet available for sale but check the message board on Ray's official website, or his Facebook page, for news!

Re: Destroying Literary Shrines Should Be Illegal Everywhere! (Ray Bradb

I want one of those bookends!

Re: Destroying Literary Shrines Should Be Illegal Everywhere! (Ray Bradb

So did I but all 451 sets sold out almost immediately. A few went to eBay scalpers.

Re: Destroying Literary Shrines Should Be Illegal Everywhere! (Ray Bradb

You're a good writer.


~
"We’re all stories, in the end… just make it a good one, eh?”

Re: Destroying Literary Shrines Should Be Illegal Everywhere! (Ray Bradb

Thank you profoundly.

Re: Destroying Literary Shrines Should Be Illegal Everywhere! (Ray Bradb

Love this and YOU for starting it.
Ray Bradbury is my absolutely all time favourite author.

I do Facebook and have a Fanzine type group their entitled Taler, dedicated to Ray and all of my favourite authors.

I know you won't mind I have just posted a link in that group to this IMDB Message Thread, inviting all who read it to check this Thread out and contribute to it.

Good luck and all power to your elbow.

Re: Destroying Literary Shrines Should Be Illegal Everywhere! (Ray Bradb

Thanks. Over a year later and still upset. If I ever stop, I will say, but I don't see that happening any time soon.

If you thought I said an earful here, please join us on Ray's official board. http://raybradburyboard.com/groupee?s=8881014801&ORIGINAL_REFERRER_URL=http%3A%2F%2Fraybradburyboard.com%2Fgroupee I and another guy moderate and I said everything there which I could within the bounds of the law. We also have contributors from all over the world ranging from students to professional Bradbury scholars.
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