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He rollerskated there, as well as all over town, as he put it, "hell-bent on getting autographs from glamorous stars.
It was glorious." Among stars the young Bradbury was thrilled to encounter were Norma Shearer, Laurel and Hardy, and Ronald Colman.
I was standing at the very end of the queue and silently watched this.
Bondarchuk shouted to me; "Ray Bradbury, is that you?
; August 22, 1920 – June 5, 2012) was an American author and screenwriter.
He worked in a variety of genres, including fantasy, science fiction, horror, and mystery fiction.
He often roller-skated through Hollywood in hopes of meeting celebrities.
Bradbury recalled, "He was well known, and he wrote humanistic science fiction, which influenced me to dare to be human instead of mechanical." In young adulthood Bradbury read stories published in Astounding Science Fiction, and read everything by Robert A. Clarke, and the early writings of Theodore Sturgeon and A. There, Bradbury learned how to sneak in and watched previews almost every week.
In July 1939, Ackerman and his then-girlfriend Morojo gave 19-year-old Bradbury the money to head to New York for the First World Science Fiction Convention in New York City, and funded Bradbury's fanzine, titled Futuria Fantasia.
Bradbury was free to start a career in writing, when owing to his bad eyesight, he was rejected admission into the military during World War II.
As a teen in Beverly Hills, he often visited his mentor and friend science-fiction writer Bob Olsen, sharing ideas and maintaining contact. Wells and Jules Verne as his primary science-fiction influences.
In 1936, at a secondhand bookstore in Hollywood, Bradbury discovered a handbill promoting meetings of the Los Angeles Science Fiction Society. Bradbury identified with Verne, saying, "He believes the human being is in a strange situation in a very strange world, and he believes that we can triumph by behaving morally".
This meant that they could stay, and Bradbury, who was in love with Hollywood, was ecstatic.