A month of tragic anniversaries

Who doesn’t love the month of May? Warm weather. Blossoming flowers. Golf. But May also has the distinction of being the month where a number of historical tragedies have occurred. I’ll start with the ditching of ALM Flight 980. The plane shown in this post was involved in a tragic accident exactly forty-five years ago […]

Review of the Rio/Paris Crash

Review of The Rio/Paris Crash: Air France Flight 447 by Roger Rapoport Rating *** 1/2 Roger Rapoprt does a good job of covering events leading up to the accident and the subsequent search for the missing aircraft, but the book suffers from being rushed to publication before the final accident report was released. Writing a […]

Amazon and IPG agree to Terms

I am happy to announce that Amazon and IPG (Independent Publishers Group), the distributor for 35 Miles From Shore, have agreed on new terms for Kindle titles. I applaud IPG for standing firm and not accepting terms that would have greatly affected their ability to remain profitable. It’s easy to argue that there is no […]

35 Miles From Shore is featured on Amazon

Amazon recently tested a marketing program called 100 books for under $3.99. This is for Kindle books only. The test program went so well that they decided to make it a regular feature. Hey, everyone likes a good deal. So when my distributor asked me a few weeks ago if I wanted to participate I […]

Borders: End of one era and the beginning of another

It’s now been a little over three years since the release of my book 35 Miles From Shore. The picture on the left was taken at my very first book signing, which happened to be at a Borders store in Chicago. By now I had fully expected that the book would have made its way […]

A review of Overboard

A review of Overboard by Micheal Touglas Rating ***** This is the story of two sailboats, a storm, and two men tossed overboard. The incident took place in May of 2005. The 45 foot sail boat Almeisan was sailing from Connecticut to Bermuda when it, like the other sail boat, got caught in a massive […]

Air France black box found

After almost two years of searching, they’ve finally located and recovered the black box of Air France Flight 447. This is the flight that crashed in the Atlantic, killing all on board. You can read the full story at Investigators find Air France black box. There is going to be a lot of interest in […]

Forty years ago today ALM Flight 980 made aviation history

It was May 2, 1970. A DC-9 with 57 passengers and a crew of 6 left New York en route to the tropical island of St. Maarten. They never made it to their destination. Instead, the passengers and crew were thrust into a life and death battle for survival as their plane ran out of fuel and was forced to ditch in the Caribbean Sea.

Apollo 13 and me. How one space flight shaped my future.

I was 13 years old when Apollo 13 lifted off for the moon on April 11, 1970. Two days later when the explosion happened, I stood outside in my backyard and gazed up at the moon knowing that three astronauts were headed for an uncertain future. The Apollo 13 space flight had a huge impact on me. Like thousands of kids my age I wanted to be an astronaut. When I realized that that probably wasn’t going to happen, I chose the next best thing and became a pilot. My first company was called Apollo Software. My second company was called Odyssey Interactive, named after the Apollo 13 command module.

NBC Documentary on Aircraft Ditchings

I was recently interviewed for a one hour documentary on aircraft ditchings that will be aired on MSNBC in July. The story of ALM flight 980 will be told as part of the overall story.