Jack Williamson, the science fiction writer, critic and academic, died yesterday at the age of 98.
Ray Bradbury says that Williamson was one of the first professional writers to help him in his career. In a 2000 interview he said:
"Jack is a wonderful man, a terrific man. He was very kind to me when I was 19 years old. He read my stuff long before Leigh Brackett did, and it was really bad in those days...Jack started publishing in magazines when I was about 7 or 8 years old...I couldn't afford to buy the magazines, but I borrowed copies from friends on occasion, and I read Jack Williamson first."
[Interview source: SciFi.com]
There is a good account of Jack's life and works here: