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Redwood Falls Gazette - Redwood Falls - MN
  • Something Bradbury this way comes....

  •   About 14 years ago, I used the fact I worked at the Gazette to bluff my way into a backstage interview with fantasy writer Ray Bradbury (The Martian Chronicles, Fahrenheit 451) when he gave a talk at St. Cloud State University. For maybe half an hour, I had an exclusive one-o...
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  •   About 14 years ago, I used the fact I worked at the Gazette to bluff my way into a backstage interview with fantasy writer Ray Bradbury (The Martian Chronicles, Fahrenheit 451) when he gave a talk at St. Cloud State University. For maybe half an hour, I had an exclusive one-on-one audience with him in a small dressing room while he ate lunch (he offered me a piece of his pizza.) It was one of the few times in my life I’ve been lucky enough to tell someone how much he meant to me.  I read Bradbury's book Zen and the Art of Writing in my early 20s, and it changed my life. It's not just about how to write fiction, it's about how to live with gusto. He’s still one of my heroes.   The thing I'll remember most about that day — despite his recently suffering a stroke and needing a cane to walk, Bradbury insisted on going down the four concrete steps outside the auditorium unaided, holding onto the railing and muscling through by sheer will power. That's how Bradbury lived, and we’re all lucky for it. .....
      In the Gazette’s new, improved visitors guide, Explore the Redwood Area (available for free in shops all over town), I mentioned an upcoming event in Wabasso: Spunktacular Days. It was included on the official RADC list of area events, and if you Google “Spunktacular Days” you can find several mentions of it in other places. One website even said it’s been going on for 20 years, and attracts 2,000 visitors a year. That’s the first I had heard about it, but I shrugged and included it. Just because I hadn’t heard of it didn’t mean no one else had. Well, after our visitors guide came out, I got an email from Krista Daniels, editor of the Wabasso Standard. It seems no one in Wabasso knows anything about any Wabasso Spunktacular Days, either. Krista asked people in Wabasso city government and business, and no one had heard anything about it. If anyone has a clue about the fabled “Spunktacular Days,” give me a call. Until I see evidence to the contrary, I’m suspecting Spunktacular Days is a hoax. I see this ending with a skinny old man in overalls being led away in handcuffs, bellowing, “And I would have gotten away with it too, if it wasn’t for those meddlin’ kids!”  
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