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 […]

New Beginnings

I’ve been off the social media grid for the past several months. I’ve been poring all of my energy into a new business startup, which left me little time for non-business related interests. In fact, I hadn’t even read a book for pleasure for nearly four months.

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.

Why Planes Crash (a clip from the MSNBC documentary)

If you haven’t had a chance to see the MSNBC documentary Why Planes Crash: Brace for Impact, here’s a very good clip about the ALM ditching.

MSNBC Documentary Why Planes Crash

Normally this is the place where I review documentary films, but since I took part in this documentary I don’t want to appear as a self promoter. Having said that, you should definitely see this documentary. The producer, Caroline Sommers, was asked to do a documentary on the Hudson ditching. She decided instead to do a documentary on the subject of ditchings. Besides the USAir 1549 ditching, the documentary covers the 1956 ditching of a PanAm Clipper, the 1996 ditching of an Ethiopian Boeing 767 off the coast of Africa, and the ditching I wrote about in my book 35 Miles From Shorethe 1970 ditching of ALM 980.

MSNBC Documentary

I just got word that the MSNBC documentary on aircraft ditchings will air on July 12 at 10:00 pm EDT on MSNBC. I’ll put up some links as soon as I have more info.

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.

The story of the green carnation

Today is St. Patrick’s Day. I’m not Irish, but this is a day that I celebrate. It was thirty days ago today that I made one of the best decisions of my life. It was the day I asked my wife, Lynn, to marry me.

35 Miles From Shore receives an honorable mention in the Reader’s Choice Literary Awards

35 Miles From Shore takes Honorable Mention.

US Airways Ditching

The ditching of the A320 in New York has drawn attention to the story I tell in 35 Miles From Shore. I’ve had reporters actually calling me

Coming to Cleveland

I will be giving a slide show presentation at the Medina County District Library at 210 south Broadway, Medina, OH this Tuesday, September 30 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.

Coming to Pensacola

I will be giving a slideshow presentation in Pensacola, Florida at the West Florida Public Library on September 19 starting at 4:30 pm.

Radio Show This Sunday August 24

I’ll be doing a live radio show this Sunday August 24 from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm EDT. Joining me on the program will be former captain Balset DeWitt and John Barber, who was a crew chief aboard one of the marine helicopters.