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From the Potato to Star Trek and Beyond

from the potato to star trek and beyond-book cover

Chester (Chet) L. Richards retired aerospace engineer, and inventor (19 patents), views life as a series of adventures. After narrowly escaping serious injury from the Great Potato, on a lark, he co-authored a spec script for “Star Trek” with friend Judy Burns when they were college students. The story, “The Tholian Web,” became one of the series’ most popular episodes.

A veteran writer advised the young man, “You should write….Write your passions.” “But I have nothing to say,” Chet thought. He decided the real message was to fill his life with adventures. And he did — adventures in surfing, learning and performing music, travel to exotic places for river rafting, the work as a rocket scientist. Along the way, he’s always met fascinating characters. He did write — essays (over 50 have been published so far). But it was the loss of Sarah, the love of his life, that caused Chet to write his first book of stories. At the house in Thousand Oaks they once shared, the hair-raising adventures Sarah loved continue to occur, though as the author says, he no longer has much hair. 

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