The Wonderful Ice Cream Edition

Though the days are finally getting shorter, the afternoons are only getting hotter, so come chill out with this edition of The Bradbury Beat!

While the cool winds of October Country often come to mind when we think of Ray Bradbury, he also wrote many stories invoking the summertime and its beach trips, ice cream treats, and the blazing hot sun. 

Grab a bowl of your favorite ice cream and a couple of fun toppings (rainbow sprinkles are always a must for me), and come learn about Ray Bradbury's love for this sweet treat. 

by Kylie Adkins

Upcoming Bradbury Community Events 
Take a lunch break and join the Ray Bradbury Center and fellow readers from around the globe for a lively discussion of a short story written by Ray Bradbury. 

The Ray Bradbury Center will be be going live again on Thursday, July 28th at noon for another Feed Your Imagination Monthly Lunchtime Story Club!
Our short story for this sweltering summertime session is “The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit” from A Medicine for Melancholy.
And since we’re meeting at noon, feel free to have some lunch or a snack and most definitely an ice cream treat!
Click here to register now! 
Now through August!

The Ray Bradbury Center is open for tours!

Wednesdays from 11am-2pm throughout the summer our team will be on hand to delight with wild stories, fun facts, and witty witticisms as we guide you through the out-of-this-world collection of artifacts and ephemera from the life and works of our fabulous Ray Bradbury.

Pre-registration is required as space is indeed limited. To RSVP, pick a time on our Eventbrite page found here!

If you wish to come with a group or on another day, please contact us at

You can find us in Cavanaugh Hall on the campus of IUPUI.

And if you can't make it in person, check out the Virtual Tour!
Golden Apple Picks
This month’s Golden Apple Picks come from friend of the center, and resident ice cream expert, Karla Aukerman. Karla is an elementary school teacher and her sweet tooth has brought her here to share her favorite flavors of media with us. 


Dirty Daddy: The Chronicles of a Family Man Turned Filthy Comedian, by Bob Saget

Bob Saget, America's most loved TV Dad, wrote this autobiography in 2014. He tells uncensored and heartfelt stories from his life in entertainment and beyond.

I enjoyed reading this book because I love Bob, and even though my image of him is that clean freak, loving father, in his book, he shows this other side of himself, his true self, with his comedic talent. 


The Thing about Pam, Hulu TV Mini Series

This 6 episode mini-series based on a true story details the involvement of Pam Hupp (played very well by Renee Zellweger) in the 2011 murder of Betsy Faria.

My favorite part of this shocking story of greed and deception is that it is narrated by Dateline's Keith Morrison, and his voice just sets the mood for a good crime docudrama!


Say I Am You by The Weepies (2006, indie/folk rock) on Spotify

Deb Talan and Steve Tanner have the best harmonies and wrote the songs that are included in this amazing album. Their music is calming, catchy, and just plain awesome.

They remain independent and their original songs have appeared in movies, TV Shows, commercials and programming for PBS Kids. Everyone must go listen to this album!
Fun Facts From the Archives
Photo courtesy of the Ray Bradbury Center archive
Ray Bradbury’s close relationship to National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) yielded significant recognition and awards throughout his lifetime. It also brought a novelty familiar to school children and NASA tourists to this day—space age ice cream. 

According to freelance science author, Thomas Crow, “NASA contracted the Whirlpool Corporation to figure out a way to store ice cream at room temperature…Whirlpool engineers invented a way to remove the water from ice cream without melting it” Crow continues, “NASA spaceflight media release reported it included on Apollo 7. It was this release that ensured the specially freeze-dried ice cream would forever be called astronaut ice cream.”

Interestingly, in this same report we learn that, “The last surviving member of the Apollo 7 crew, Walter Cunningham, denied there was astronaut ice cream aboard the flight.”

Crow concludes by debunking the long-held astronaut ice cream myth by stating, “If it wasn’t aboard Apollo 7, astronaut ice cream has never been to space. No other flight has taken it. So astronaut ice cream isn’t really for astronauts.” 

By Max Goeller
Did You Know?

Baskin-Robbins may have 31 ice cream flavors, but did you know that the Ray Bradbury Center has over 44 editions of Fahrenheit 451 including the one with an abestos binding?

We have dozens more foreign editions heating up the shelves as well. Fahrenheit 451 has never been out of print, so these numbers are likely to grow!

Come see the collection and choose your favorite cover!

by Nancy Orem

"A good night sleep, or a ten minute bawl, or a pint of chocolate ice cream, or all three together, is good medicine." – Ray Bradbury, Dandelion Wine

When the heat of the summer is finally starting to get under your skin, it is important to allow yourself the human moments. Take this wonderful advice from Bradbury in Dandelion Wine. When times are hard, slow down and take the time for self care. 

You can't outgrow a good cry and a pint of ice cream. Turn on your favorite sad movie and let it out. You'll certainly feel better in the morning. 

By Kylie Adkins

Director’s Note
The Ray Bradbury Center works hard to preserve and advance Ray Bradbury’s legacy. We do this by helping people cultivate their imaginations, foster robust reading lives, and pursue the things they love. We cannot do it without your support. By giving to the Ray Bradbury Center, you become part of the team, part of our work, part of the legacy, and we are beyond grateful. Thank you so much!
- Dr. Jason Aukerman, Director
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