This biography was written by Nicolas and
is the best cumulative one I have found to date:
An airplane pilot, he
got married with his first wife and had six children, then divorced
and left his family in part because he didn't believe in marriage.
One of his children, Jonathan, wrote a book about his relation with
his father he never knew, Above the Clouds. Everything concerning airplane was
his field, including motion picture stunt pilot, Air Force tactical
fighter pilot, an aviation technical writer and flight instructor.
He even got involved as an narrator & stunt pilot in the movie
Nothing by Chance, based on his book.
||'Born in 1936 in Oak Park, Ill.,
son of Roland Robert and Ruth Helen (Shaw) Bach, the American
Richard Bach is the great-great-great-great (how many more
should I add?:) grand son of JS Bach the great composer we all
know. He attended Long Beach State College (now California
State University, Long Beach) in 1955.
Though Aviation was his true passion, he always wanted to write;
since high school, one of his gym teachers made him realize his
potential. Since 1959 he had this idea of a bird learning to pass
behond the walls oflimitations, Jonathan Livingston Seagull, wich
came thru a "Cinerama on my wall". Almost all his books used
airplanes as a way to pass the message. In Running From Safety, Mr.
Bach shares with us his childhood: at age 8, he lost one of his
brother: Bobby. From his book, we also know that he has a much older
R. Bach met his wife through the shooting of the movie Jonathan
Livingston Seagull in 1973, based on his book. It his said that he
sued the production for changing the movie without his permission.
In fact, those who saw the movie noticed that his name wasn't
mentionned, only the copyrights for the title "Jonathan Livingston
Seagull ". My only explanation would be that he didn't want to be
part of this. And if I put together what Bach said in his book
Bridge Across Forever and what I've read, Leslie was some
sort of a moderator between the two parties to get an arragment for
Then they went their way, far enough from Hollywood, somewhere
between 1977 and 1981. Finally, they got married in 81. Since then,
Richard Bach tried what he called the closest thing to flying: