You may not know Ray Bradbury very well, and you may only vaguely know about his seminal book, Fahrenheit 451. You may have even read it early as a school book and forgotten most of it. But it's one of my favorite books of all time, clearly one of the top "futurist/science fiction" books of all time (it's my winner, not even close). It's one of the books that hit me at the right time with the right message and made reading and thought as pillars of my life that continue today, and I hope to continue forever. If you haven't read it, give it a try. It's very short and a very easy, literal read. if you don't like it I will personally give you $20 at the BHGTailgate at Soldier Field. Or a punch in the nuts. One of those.
On the bright side, he lived to the ripe old age of 91 and died a rich man, not just in material wealth but most importantly in a loving and large family. He was married for more than 60 years to the same woman, and had 4 daughters and 8 grandchildren. He died in sunny Los Angeles. Damn fine run for a kid born in Waukegan, Illinois at the start of the Great Depression. I'm genuinely very sad to see him pass on, and it's getting more dusty in here than I thought it would. Here's to you, Ray.