Ray Bradbury proclaims that he educated himself in libraries. So it's particularly appropriate that "Fahrenheit 451," his dystopian tale of book-burning firemen, was written in the basement of UCLA's Powell Library. But the book collection was not the only reason Bradbury took refuge in Powell: he paid $9.80 to use the rental typewriters there.
Over the years Bradbury has returned to UCLA many times, most recently as a featured author at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books in association with UCLA.
Bradbury celebrates his 90th birthday on August 22, 2010.
Read Bradbury's essay and watch August 2010 video interviews with the author at the Ray Bradbury birthday tribute site.