Richard Bach
Novelist, memoirist
Richard Bach
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.
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To Heaven and Back: Anita Moorjani
Huffington Post - 14 days
Porch Light People: Individuals who are fully themselves. They are not influenced by "shoulds" from the culture or other people. They instead live from their inner light. My first Porch Light Profile is about New York Times best selling author Anita Moorjani. I chose her because her book, Dying to Be Me: My Journey from Cancer, to Near Death, to True Healing, is one of the most compelling memoirs I've ever read. The book details the author's spontaneous healing of stage four Hodgkin's lymphoma after a near-death experience (NDE). As she lay comatose, her organs shutting down, she "crossed over" to an indescribable realm of love and clarity. In Heaven, she was reunited with loved ones who had passed away. From them she learned she had the choice to return to Earth. They told her if she went back, her cancer would rapidly heal. All she had to do was to live her life fearlessly. What that meant was to love herself unconditionally and be who she was moment by moment. Reading about ...
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Chip Conley: An Emotional Survival Guide to Burning Man
Huffington Post - over 3 years
I remember my first Burn 14 years ago. Having been told mental preparation for Burning Man required physical preparation, I created checklists to monitor my checklists. Arriving on the Playa, I expected an elated nirvana, but found an emotional hell instead. While "welcome home" was the mantra of the day, I felt far from home amongst the wilderness and weirdness of Black Rock City. After all my physical and mental prep, I realized I'd done no emotional prep. The Burning Man Survival Guide is the organizational compass for clarifying Burning Man's 10 principles, the 18 things we must bring, and the 8 things we can't bring. Arguably, no better citizen's guide exists on the planet. And yet, this cultural compass didn't properly guide me to the "true north" inside. This Emotional Survival Guide is as much for the virgin Burner as it is for the veteran. Photo: Fest300 It's a reminder of just how magical and manic this event in the desert can be. Just last month, a stud ...
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Payvand Seyedali: Stimulate Yourself
Huffington Post - over 4 years
As I leave the U.S. again for Kabul, I wonder if the reason I go is honestly and solely to be part of progress in education and other social systems. That's the official line. But the unofficial line, just as true, is I go to be stimulated. I am enthralled by the lifestyles of locals and expats both in this intense and dynamic environment: the motivations of war profiteers, the visions and vibrations of entrepreneurs and artists, the energy of young and old Afghans changing their government and economy, the gall and cynicism of journalists, the misery and might of many military men, the mystery and power of Afghan women, the passion and pain of those in the development industry. Street food, people without food, and restaurants made just for expats and the rich. Zen homes, mud huts, and barren military compounds. Blue Afghan eyes. Stimulation is everywhere. Traveling or living abroad, especially in a developing country, is a quick fix way to make our soul strings vib ...
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Author Richard Bach's condition upgraded after plane crash - over 4 years
SEATTLE (Reuters) - Richard Bach, author of the 1970s bestseller "Jonathan Livingston Seagull," who was seriously injured when his small plane flipped during a landing, is improving and will soon be moved out of intensive care, a hospital spokeswoman said on Monday.
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Son: 'Seagull' Author Bach Speaking, Slowly Heals
ABC News - over 4 years
Son: 'Seagull' author Richard Bach speaking a few words, slowly healing after plane crash
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Book buzz: Author Richard Bach hurt in crash
USA Today - over 4 years
What's buzzing today? The 'Jonathan Livingston Seagull' author was in a plane crash, plus read reviews of 'No Easy Day.'
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Author Richard Bach injured in plane crash
3 News - over 4 years
The celebrated author who wrote Jonathan Livingstone Seagull has been hospitalised in Washington following a plane crash.
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Richard Bach still in hospital after plane crash
Yahoo News - over 4 years
(Reuters) - Richard Bach, the author of the 1970s bestselling book "Jonathan Livingston Seagull," remained hospitalized in serious condition on Sunday, a day after the small plane he was piloting flipped during a landing in Washington state. Bach, 76, was being treated at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where a nursing supervisor said his condition was unchanged. ...
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Author and aviator Richard Bach injured in plane crash
Yahoo News - over 4 years
CAMANO ISLAND, Washington (Reuters) - Richard Bach, a pilot and author of the 1970s bestselling book "Jonathan Livingston Seagull," was seriously injured when he flipped his small aircraft on landing at an island in northwestern Washington state, authorities said on Saturday. Bach, 76, clipped power lines with the landing gear of his 2008 Easton Gilbert Searey as he tried to land on a grass airstrip on San Juan Island , said Michael McElrath, the dispatcher for the San Juan County Sheriff's Office. ...
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Author Richard Bach, who wrote 'Jonathan Livingston Seagull,' injured in Wash. plane crash
Fox News - over 4 years
Richard Bach, the author of the 1970s best-selling novella "Jonathan Livingston Seagull" among other spiritually oriented writings, was in serious condition Saturday after his small plane crashed in Washington state. His son James Bach told The Associated Press his father was on his way to visit a friend on San Juan Island on Friday when his amphibian plane clipped a power line during landing, and crashed. James Bach says his father, who was flying alone, suffered a head injury and broken shoulder. He is listed in serious condition. Bach is an avid aviator who touched on themes of flight and enlightenment in his writings. He also authored "Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah" among other books. ---- AP reporter Mark Evans contributed from Phoenix.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Richard Bach
  • 2014
    Age 77
    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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  • 2012
    Age 75
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Travels with Puff was released on March 19, 2013.
  • 2008
    Age 71
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He crashed upside down in a field about two miles from Friday Harbor, taking down two poles and sparking a small grass fire. The day after the accident, Bach was reported to be in serious but stable condition with a head injury and broken shoulder. Bach was hospitalized for four months. He reported that his near-death experience inspired him to finish the fourth part of Jonathan Livingston Seagull, which had been originally published in three parts.
  • 1999
    Age 62
    Bach married his third wife, Sabryna Nelson-Alexopoulos, in April 1999.
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  • 1977
    Age 40
    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.
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  • 1975
    Age 38
    In 1975, Bach was the driving force behind Nothing by Chance, a documentary film, based on his book of the same name.
    More Details Hide Details The film centers on modern barnstorming around the United States in the 1970s. Bach recruited a group of his friends who were pilots to recreate the era of the barnstormer. A second book, Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah, published in 1977, tells of an encounter with a modern-day messiah who has decided to quit. On August 31, 2012, Bach was injured in an aircraft landing accident on San Juan Island in Washington.
  • 1970
    Age 33
    They divorced in 1970.
    More Details Hide Details Their son Jonathan is a software engineer and journalist who wrote Above the Clouds, about growing up without knowing his father and then later meeting him as a college student. (Richard Bach gave his approval, although he noted that it included some personal history he would "rather not see in print"). Their other children are: Robert, a commercial airline pilot; Kristel; James Marcus Bach, a computer expert and writer; Erika; and their youngest daughter, Bethany, who was killed in an accident at age 15 in 1985.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details They flew a variety of World War I aircraft of the Blue Max collection owned by ex-RCAF pilot Lynn Garrison. Bach and Garrison first met when Bach wrote articles for Avian, Garrison's aviation publication. Most of Bach's books involve flight in some way, from the early stories which are straightforwardly about flying aircraft, to Stranger to the Ground, his first book, to his later works, in which he used flight as a philosophical metaphor. In 1970, Jonathan Livingston Seagull, a story about a seagull who flew for the love of flying rather than merely to catch food, was published by Macmillan Publishers after the manuscript was turned down by several others. The book, which included unique photos of seagulls in flight by photographer Russell Munson, became a number-one bestseller. The book contained fewer than 10,000 words, yet it broke all hardcover sales records since Gone with the Wind. It sold more than 1,000,000 copies in 1972 alone. The surprise success of the book was widely reported in the media in the early 1970s.
  • 1960
    Age 23
    He served in the USAF reserve and was deployed in France in 1960.
    More Details Hide Details He later became a barnstormer.
  • 1955
    Age 18
    Bach was born in Oak Park, Illinois. He attended Long Beach State College in 1955.
    More Details Hide Details Bach's first airplane flight occurred at age 15, when his mother was campaigning for a seat on the council of Long Beach, California. Her campaign manager, Paul Marcus, mentioned that he flew airplanes, and invited Richard on a flight in his Globe Swift. Bach served in the United States Navy Reserve, then in the New Jersey Air National Guard's 108th Fighter Wing, 141st Fighter Squadron (USAF), as a Republic F-84F Thunderstreak fighter pilot. He then worked at a variety of jobs, including as a technical writer for Douglas Aircraft and as a contributing editor for Flying magazine.
  • 1936
    Born on June 23, 1936.
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