Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury happily accepts a gift of a Clifton's Cafeteria tray from Robert Clinton, grandson of Clifton's founder Clifford Clinton, as he celebrates his 89th birthday in 2009 with friends at a luncheon at the historic eatery where he was allowed to eat for free when he was a struggling writer. As a young man, Bradbury, Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard and Jack Parsons, inventor of solid rocket fuel, belonged to a science fiction club that met downtown at the cafeteria in the late 1930s.
Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times
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