Richard Bach

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Born Jun 23, 1936

Richard David Bach is an American writer. He is widely known as the author of the hugely popular 1970s best-sellers Jonathan Livingston Seagull and Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah, among others. Bach's books espouse his philosophy that our apparent physical limits and mortality are merely appearance. He claims to be a direct descendant of Johann Sebastian Bach.… Read More

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1936 Birth Born on June 23, 1936.


1955 19 Years Old Bach was born in Oak Park, Illinois. He attended Long Beach State College in 1955. … Read More


1960 24 Years Old He served in the USAF reserve and was deployed in France in 1960. … Read More


1970 34 Years Old 1 More Event
During the summer of 1970, Bach and his friend Chris Cagle traveled to Ireland, where they participated in flying sequences for Roger Corman's film Von Richthofen and Brown. … Read More
1975 39 Years Old In 1975, Bach was the driving force behind Nothing by Chance, a documentary film, based on his book of the same name. … Read More


1977 41 Years Old In 1977, Bach married actress Leslie Parrish, whom he met during the making of the film Jonathan Livingston Seagull. She featured significantly in two of his subsequent books: The Bridge Across Forever and One, which primarily focused on their relationship and Bach's concept of soulmates. They divorced in 1997.


1999 63 Years Old Bach married his third wife, Sabryna Nelson-Alexopoulos, in April 1999.
2008 72 Years Old He was landing his aircraft, a 2008 Easton Gilbert G Searey (N346PE) that he nicknamed "Puff", at a private airport when the landing gear clipped some power lines. … Read More
2012 76 Years Old In December 2012, Publishers Weekly reported that Travels with Puff, the book Bach wrote about crossing the United States in "Puff", had been sent to his publisher the day before his accident. … Read More
2014 78 Years Old In 2014, Bach published his long-awaited sequel to Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah, which he called Illusions II: The Adventures of a Reluctant Student.
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