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8/19 - Robert Heinlein to be inducted into Hall of Famous Missourians
The accomplishments of Robert Heinlein go beyond his science fiction writing and make him well deserving of a place in the Hall of Famous Missourians, according to the President of the Heinlein Society.

Heinlein will be inducted into the Hall Tuesday, August 23.

Heinlein was born in Butler, Missouri on July 7, 1907 and grew up in Kansas City. He wrote numerous novels, short stories, and at least one screenplay. Four movies and two TV series were adapted or derived from his writings. Some of his famous works include Starship Troopers, Stranger in a Strange Land, and The Moon is a Harsh Mistress.

Heinlein Society President Keith G. Kato, PhD, said Heinlein in his stories imagined waterbeds, cell phones, robot vacuum cleaners, and many other things well before their time.

Kato said Heinlein influenced and inspired him and many others; something he said the author was particularly proud of.

“He had all these drawers full of letters from around the world saying, ‘I became a scientist,’ ‘I became an engineer,’ ‘I became a medical professional because I was inspired by your writing,’” said Kato. (Audio)On Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below

Heinlein also promoted the voluntary donation of blood at a time when blood was often paid for.

“He himself nearly died of peritonitis and he needed a blood transfusion and he discovered in his 60s he was a rare blood type himself,” said Kato. “He began Heinlein blood drives that radically changed the way blood collection was done in the country.”(Audio)On Selection You Will Jump to the iframe below

The Heinlein Society, formed by Heinlein’s third wife, Virginia, continues blood drives in his name at science fiction conventions nationwide. It has collected more than 30,000 units of blood since its creation in 2000.

Heinlein also served in the U.S. Navy where he reached the rank of lieutenant.

The introduction of a bust of Heinlein in the Hall of Famous Missourians will follow its display in Kansas City at the World Science Fiction Convention, on the 40th anniversary of Heinlein being its guest of honor. The bust was created by sculptor E. Spencer Schubert of Kansas City.

In 2013 Missourians were asked to vote on who would go into the Hall. Heinlein received more than 10,000 votes. The Hall is found in the third floor Rotunda of the State Capitol and honors 45 other famous Missourians.
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