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"My nose must weigh 50 pounds," author Ray Bradbury commented as he stared at a 3,000-pound monument erected in his honor in his hometown.

Bradbury, author of such books as "The Martian Chronicles" and "Dandelion Wine," was in the Chicago suburb on Tuesday for Ray Bradbury Day.

A park also was named for Bradbury, 69, who left Waukegan in 1934 when he was 14.

The bust of Bradbury is the first planned for the town's Walk of Stars. Other hometown stars, including the late comedian Jack Benny, Broadway star Jerry Orbach and football great Otto Graham, are to be similarly honored.

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