Over six years ago, when I was still pretty wet behind the ears in this speculative writing stuff, on a whim I dashed off a hand-written fan letter to Ray Bradbury. It was pretty goofy stuff, but he was kind enough to send me this nice letter back:
Here is the text:
April 20, 2006
RAY BRADBURY ENTERPRISES / A CALIFORNIA CORPORATION
10265 Cheviot Drive • Los Angeles, California 90064
Dear Lou Antonelli:
Thank you for your good letter and kind words. I wish I could respond in length, but as you might guess, I get one heck of a lot of letters every week.
The bottom line is that I deeply appreciate your affection and I wish you well with your own career over the months and years.
Good luck and best wishes,
(signed) Ray Bradbury
Good-bye, Ray. You were an inspiration, a role model, and a wonderful example to all writers