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Goodbye, Mr. Bradbury. And thank you.

Was going to write about the Sotheby’s case that invalidated the California Resale Royalties Act as unconstitutional, but that can wait.

Today I mourn the passing of Ray Bradbury.

Andrea and I met him once, in Glendale, at a library book signing. He was jovial, gentle and sweet.

But that wasn’t the first time I had met him. I met him twice, actually.

The first time, was when I was about 13. A friend delivered newspapers to the building on Wilshire and Beverly where Bradbury had a office. I was an avid Sci-Fi fan, and wanted to be a writer.

I begged Rob to show me Bradbury’s office.

He took me up there and I knocked. Bradbury answered the door and invited us into to his cluttered, paper strewn two room office. I later wrote him a letter and he responded, saying “write everyday.”

Years later, when I met him with Andrea, I asked “Do you remember when two little boys knocked on your office door?” His response: “Of course I remember you.”

This week’s New Yorker has his aptly named piece by Mr. Bradbury. It’s entitled “Take Me Home”; here’s brief quote:

“Once the fire got going, the balloon whispered itself fat with the hot …air rising inside. But I could not let it go. It was so beautiful, with the light and shadows dancing inside. Only when Grandpa gave me a look, and a gentle nod of his head, did I at last let the balloon drift free, up past the proch, illuminating the faces of my family. It floated up above the apple trees, over the beginning-to-sleep town, and across the night among the stars.”

Goodbye, Mr. Bradbury. And thank you.

Jonathan Pink is a business lawyer with a specialty in copyright, patent and trademark litigation. His clients include many of the biggest names in the automotive and motorcycle aftermarket parts industries, and one of world's largest media companies. He has extensive experience in a wide range of intellectual property and commercial disputes including breach of contract, fraud, and the misappropriation of trade secrets. He can be reached at 949.223.7173, or at jonathan.pink@bryancave.com, and his full profile can be viewed at www.bryancave.com.

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