By Brett Johnson
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
John Anthony Miller awoke Wednesday morning to news that his great friend and idol, author Ray Bradbury, had passed away at age 91.
Thousand Oaks resident Carol Knowles knew the Bradbury family and helped arrange his appearances there.
"He touched lives of all ages," Knowles said. "He inspired young people to aspire to their dreams, with that philosophy of 'jump off a cliff and make it work on the way down.' I never met anyone who loved more what they did than Ray. I will be forever grateful that I met him."
Two of Bradbury's four surviving daughters, Ramona and Sue, live in Thousand Oaks, Knowles noted.
A painting of Bradbury by renowned book illustrator and local resident Carol Heyer hangs in the Thousand Oaks library. Bradbury, Knowles said, cried when he saw it and hung a print in his office.
"It was his favorite," Knowles said.
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