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Topic: Mr Electrico inspired Ray Bradbury
Message: Posted by: rossmacrae (Jun 7, 2012 10:36PM)
"Come a little closer, kid ... [*ZAP*] ... Live forever!"

The [url=http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/culturebox/2012/06/ray_bradbury_the_author_of_fahrenheit_451_recalls_the_visit_to_the_circus_that_changed_his_life_.html]story[/url] is well worth reading.
Message: Posted by: Mr. Pitts (Jun 8, 2012 07:53PM)
Wow, WOW! Man, what a great story! Thanks so much Ross.
Message: Posted by: critter (Jun 8, 2012 09:38PM)
VERY cool.
Message: Posted by: T-RAY (Jun 9, 2012 12:33AM)
Here's the story in his own words......

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2vR5rs4GHQ
Message: Posted by: Doctor Mythsonian (Jun 9, 2012 10:48AM)
Thanks, guys... Very moving recollection.
Message: Posted by: rossmacrae (Jun 9, 2012 01:15PM)
The essential part of this story (and much more, in a very original take on the carnival's dark side) is in Bradbury's novel SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES.

Don't bother with the movie of the novel.
Message: Posted by: jondark445 (Jun 9, 2012 01:48PM)
The novel is brilliant. Just a wonderful novel of small town America caught in the grips of an evil carnival. These of innocence lost, lost youth, aging and fathers and sons are pervasive throughout. One of my son's middle names is Nightshade, after one of the two boy heroes in the book. Get the edition with the forward from Bradbury. He doesn't talk about the story from above but rather how his relationship with Fred Astaire spurred on the writing of it. It's a must read for any carnival/sideshow lover.

--Tony
Message: Posted by: Mr. Pitts (Jun 9, 2012 02:14PM)
The book and the movie, although very different, are in my opinion both very good. Bradbury wrote the screenplay adaptation for the movie, so the changes are his own.