A tribute to Richard Bach

October 7, 2012

the beautiful Jonathan Livingston Seagull with music by the ever soulful Neil Diamond…..

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*A Tribute to Richard Bach

By Juliet Bonnay

Richard Bach, author of Jonathan Livingston Seagull, is recovering in hospital from a serious head injury after his small amphibian plane he affectionately calls Puff, crashed when its landing gear clipped wires while attempting to land on a grass runway at San Juan Island on August 31.

For some months this year, Richard has delighted many with tales of his growing relationship and travels with Puff while flying from Florida to Washington State. I now pause and reflect at this sudden turn of events to send thanks to a person whom I have never met. I thank him for presenting his ideas about life and love in such novel ways in many of his books that they profoundly changed my thinking, and subsequently my life, for the better.

And all this began when a friend lent me Richard Bach’s Jonathan Livingston Seagull to read. I was twenty-five, and completing my last year at teachers’ college in the seventies.

The story seemed so simple, yet totally profound. A seagull struggling to perfect his flying techniques had a breakthrough. But the speed flying he had perfected, how to save energy flying at low altitudes, and much more, was completely lost on the flock who viewed his discoveries through the eyes of ignorance and fear. He was made outcast and spent his days in solitary flight near the far cliffs, practicing and honing his skills.

The day a brilliant white gull flew at his side, Jonathan was transported to a different dimension, where he learned more about flight than he ever could have imagined. He also learned about love, which is perhaps why he felt in his heart that he needed to return to the flock one day and share with them what he had learned.

He found Fletcher Lynd Gull flying alone near the far cliffs as he had done, angry over having just been made outcast for wanting to show the flock a new way of flying. Fletch was stunned when Jonathan appeared at his wingtip, a brilliant white bird able to stay with him in perfect formation while he showed off his new flight techniques. Jonathan spoke to him:

“Fletcher Lynd Seagull, do you want to fly?”


“Fletcher Lynd Seagull, do you want to fly so much that you will forgive the Flock, and learn, and go back to them one day and work to help them know?”

There was no lying to this magnificent skillful being, no matter how proud or hurt a bird was Fletcher Seagull.

“I do,” he said softly.

“Then, Fletch,” that bright creature said to him, and the voice was very kind, “Let’s begin with level flight…”

I clearly remember the pain in my heart and the tears that rolled down my cheeks at these words, baffled by such a strong reaction. Instinctively I knew that I had something to learn, and to share with people. But what? Was it also about forgiveness?

*Author Richard Bach’s condition upgraded after plane crash

Doctors at Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center were upgrading Bach’s condition to satisfactory from serious, spokeswoman Susan Gregg said. “He’s improving.”

Bach, 76, clipped power lines with the landing gear of his 2008 Easton Gilbert Searey on Aug. 31 while trying to land on a grass airstrip on San Juan Island in northwestern Washington state.

A group of young tourists found Bach, suspended upside down and strapped to his harness in the heavily damaged single-engine plane, and cut him loose from the wreckage.

Bach is now able to enjoy chocolate milk and respond to verbal commands such as “cough” and “give a thumbs up.” He was expected to be moved out of intensive care late on Monday, son James Bach told Reuters.

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