I was very happy to meet you yesterday as you picked up your new puppy. I claimed, in error as it seems, to have read most of your books. I see now that I have read quite a few, but far from all. It seems that I have some catching up to do! It was a pleasure meeting you, keep writing and I’ll keep reading!
Regards, Steve Roos
I read “Stranger to the Ground” when I was about 14 years old in the Dutch translation. I wanted to be a jet-fighter pilot and I was very impressed by your story of a pilot flying at night in a F-84 F Thunderstreak. The Dutch airforce also had this type of aircraft in service and I’ve seen them fly over many times. I thought and still think it’s the best book about flying I’ve ever read. Reading this story brings me into the cockpit and let me almost feel the movements of the airplane and the sounds an airplane makes. Years later, when I was about 21 years old I read “Jonathan Livingston Seagull”. A few years later, reading “A gift of Wings” I discovered that these books were written by the same author! Later I read more of your books. “The bridge across forever” is the best love story I’ve ever read. It helped me to overcome some troubles my wife and I had in our relationship. We are still together and very happy!
Johathan Livingston inspired me to follow my dreams. Mathematics was one of those things I did’nt understand, so a career als a pilot seemed impossible. I took to gliding and got a Private Pilot License a few years later. Unfortunately I had to quit flying when I lost my job and the money ran out. I love to ride my bicycle in the countryside, my wife and I walk in the mountains on vacations and I like to row with my team on the beautiful river IJssel which flows along the beautiful city of Deventer, where I live. So, flying is over, but there has ever since been a connection with the adventurous and challenging sides of life, inspired by your books and stories.
Thank you very much for that, Richard!
I read one of your books Jonathan Livingston Seagull a very long time ago. It is not at all an exaggeration when I say it was one of those books that has made a huge impression/impact on me. I speak about the book to my friends, my family and whenever the sitation demands it.
I often try to psycho analyze as to why it made such an impression on me and maybe because I could relate to it in my life, maybe so, whatever the reason. It does not matter but it is awesome work.
Now I am going to order the rest of your books to determine if you are indeed a true genius LOL
Keep up the good work.
Save your money, since I’m no genius, true or pretend. I do love certain ideas, though, and I’m one of a family around the world who loves them, too. And from time to time they’re here. Welcome!
Dear Mr. Bach,
In talking with a fellow writer the other day I realized how much your writing has influenced my love of travel. In 1991 my college professor mentioned your book “Stranger to the Ground” and for the first time I understood how I’d felt all my life. I instantly read “Illusions” which has come to mean so much as well.
I became a travel writer several years ago. Then I became a travel author. To this day, being in flight is the one place where I feel happiest and least stressed. Just going to the airport is a stress reliever. In the car on the way there I feel the weight of my simple world begin to melt away, knowing the sky is almost within reach. Even now after hundreds of flights, when the plane is climbing and especially seeing another plane climbing alongside us in the distance, often times your timeless title “Stranger to the Ground” will pop into my mind. They are words that, for me, answered the internal question “Who am I?” in a time of confusion and few options.
Sometimes when I need a mega dose of wisdom, I’ll re-read segments of “Illusions” while listening to Danny Wright’s “Phantasys” album. Every time I read it, I learn something new or am reminded of why a passage meant so much in the first place. My favorite is the line about the sky knowing the reasons and the patterns behind all clouds, “and you will know, too, when you lift yourself high enough to see beyond horizons.” I have lost count of how many copies I’ve bought and given to people who are trying to resolve a problem or figure out a new path in life — my copy had so many scribbled Post-its stuck throughout the pages that I recently had to get a new one just for myself.
I’m so grateful to that teacher, Mr. Whitman for introducing me to your work. It was a part of my path to find my way in life, which still works for me to this day: up. Thank you for the words you’ve given to this world. — Kelly Merritt
Thank you, Kelly! And thank you Mr. Whitman. Sometimes it happens that one sentence from us can change another’s life.
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