New Star Trek Video on the Chester L. Richards YouTube Channel
Come fly with Chester L. Richards as he reveals behind the scenes adventures of how fan fave Star Trek episode 'The Tholian Web" came about. Learn how he and his friend Judy A. Burns conceived the original story, and wrote the script for what became the on air version of "The Tholian Web," including fascinating twists and turns as the script evolved. Ah, Hollywood!
Honored to Receive BookFest literary awards for From The Potato to Star Trek and Beyond
I was so pleased to receive these prestigious literary awards. Thank you to The BookFest judges who selected my first book for these honors!
When I was invited to be a speaker at The BookFest® Fall 2022 event I had no idea I would also win these awards.
My topic, The Adventure of a Lifetime Chat with Chester L. Richards,
was shown on Day 1.
The weekend was packed with authors who are experts in a variety of fields. Talks and panels on Day 1 was aimed at readers. Day 2 was aimed at topics of interest to writers. The weekend also focused on critical issues of our time, including climate change and book banning, with honest discussions of what is happening in the USA and around the world, and what we can all do about these challenges.
There was a plethora of authors and books of all genres to discover. Being among this distinguished group of presenters was indeed an honor for me, and I am grateful to The BookFest for inviting me to participate again. (I first appeared in Spring 2022, in a panel on memoirs, Decoding His Story -- Men Who Write Memoirs.)
If you missed it, no problem. The entire weekend will be streaming 24/7 soon. Check here for the link once it goes live. Or check the link below:
Meet New Friends at The BookFest® Fall 2022 October 22nd and 23rd.
Join the fun and hang out with the bookish community of readers, writers, and industry experts. The BookFest® Fall 2022 has a spooky, autumnal theme. It is presented by the Horror Writers Association (HWA) and Bookstagrammers. Winners of The BookFest Awards will be announced during the two-day bookish adventure.
Highlights to look forward to on Day One of The BookFest, Oct. 22, which is geared toward readers, include the opening keynote by Beatrice Adenodi, author of Mindless Behaviors: Breaking Through Unseen Barriers. Philip Fracassi, who The New York Times calls, “terrifically scary,” will be in Conversation.
Chester L. Richards will be featured in a conversation about the importance of adventures in your life, as well as highlights from his book, From The Potato to Star Trek and Beyond: Memoirs of a Rocket Scientist. He's in marvelous company with authors from around the world throughout the day.
Also on Day 1, there are panels about climate change-themed books; science fiction, fantasy and dark fiction; a Conversation with author and speaker Neil Bockoven, PhD.; and what promises to be an insightful and poignant panel with experts discussing book bannings and challenges in the US.
Oct. 23 is Day Two of The BookFest, which as always leans to writers. The day kicks off with an opening keynote from Karla Olson of Patagonia Books. In Conversation is Angela Bole from the Independent Book Publishers Association (and soon-to-be with Firebrand Group). New York Times best-selling author David L. Robbins and Katharine Sands from the Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency return for a BookFest favorite: The Critiki Bar, which has the duo delivering page one manuscript critiques.
The BookFest streams online and is an always free-to-attend two-day event.
Join Chester and the The BookFest community! The website streams the online event, and it can be found on the Books That Make You YouTube Channel, too. You can also follow The BookFest on Instagram, Facebook Page and Facebook Group.
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The Man Who Co-Wrote Star Trek Episode 'The Tholian Web' Goes Hollywood...Again
Brentwood, CA, Sept. 10, 2022. Chester L. Richards Surrounded by Lady Wrestlers at 2022 DPA pre-Emmys Event?
Amazing! Chester, the most voluble of storytellers, actually was a bit tongue-tied by the bevy of beauties from Total Divas. We wonder why.
It was a day full of fun at the exclusive DPA pre-Emmys event. And the moment in this pic was one of the most special. Kandi Krush, on his right, impressed Chester with the firmness of her lady wrestler grip. And being surrounded by the bevy of beauties...well, you can see for yourself....
See more photos on our home page, and more are coming soon showing Chester with a slew of talented actors, writers, producers, creators and other behind the scenes folk who make the magic happen onscreen. Reporters and influencers also brightened the day and are in photos to come.
The people whom we met were a diverse lot indeed, and all had their own fascinating stories of course. Chester's proud to say many seemed genuinely intrigued when hearing about the tales in his book.
In fact, that stack of books had greatly dwindled by day's end.
From the author on his adventure at the DPA swag bag event two days before the 2022 Awards were announced and presented: "What an eye-opening experience. Another adventure. My editor tells me I'll be writing about it one of these days. Meantime, wishing luck tonight to the brilliant nominees."
-- Ina Hillebrandt, Publisher, Pawpress
Press Contact: Desiree Duffy
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Ford vs Ferrari
Welcome back to Adventures with Chester L. Richards on our new YouTube Channel @ChesterLRichards.
Do come with us this time as we go on a racing adventure: “Ford vs Ferrari.” Learn fascinating facts about the genius behind the legendary Ford GT engine that defeated Ferrari in the 1966 Le Mans, as depicted in the widely acclaimed film starring Matt Damon and Christian Bale, "Ford v Ferrari." Nominated for Best Picture, the film lost to Parasite, but did capture two Oscars: Best Film Editing and Best Sound Editing.
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New video on the Chester L. Richards YouTube Channel
Welcome back to Adventures with Chester L. Richards. Join us again as we go on a new adventure: “Flying Rockets in Space is Fun.” What does that have to do with crystals? Or bedrooms? Tune in to find out.
Los Angeles, California. Welcome to our new author's YouTube channel, Adventures with Chester L. Richards. First in the series featuring the beguiling storyteller as he weaves tales recorded in his new book, "From The Potato to Star Trek and Beyond: Memoirs of a Rocket Scientist."
From Chester: "Do pull up a chair and sit back as we go on the first of a series of explorations, some to exotic lands, a number hair-raising. And some, like this one, musical. The Great Music Stands Adventure takes you back to my high school years playing in a band. As you’ll see, it turned out to be pretty hairy, though not one of my brushes with death.
"I hope you enjoy the tale, and more to come in the weeks ahead."
I know we had a lot of fun interviewing this multifaceted man. Enjoy!
It must be genetic. That’s the only possible explanation. Of course, this really isn’t an explanation, but it will serve for now.
For many placid northern Europeans, people in Mediterranean lands must be baffling: they furiously wave their hands while peculiar noises flow forth from their mouths. Italians are particularly outlandish in this regard. And then there are the Sicilians. If the Italians gesticulate in rhythm with their words, florid Sicilians are a cut above, or below, depending upon your viewpoint. A Sicilian simply cannot talk without his whirling hands. They are what convey his real meaning — the emotional subtleties underlying his words.
And Sicilians are very emotional. I should know. For I, too, am Sicilian. And I, too, suffer from this affliction. Or, I once did, though now I suppress my uncontrollable hand waving deliberately. Actually, I am half Sicilian. My maternal grandparents were born and raised on that noble island. My father’s side, New Englanders, passed down gloom. I have suffered a lifelong conflict between these two opposing genetic strains.
I well remember the moment when this fundamental Sicilian characteristic was excised from me — out of necessity, of course. In the American society of that era one had to show proper reserve to be taken seriously. Advancement in the world precluded being too Italian, much less Sicilian.
Mom did the appropriate surgery. And surgeon she was, for Mom was a skilled and tenacious registered nurse. Given the troubles she had handled in the past, curing my Sicilian affliction was well within her capabilities. Pure Sicilian herself, of course she understood my problem, and almost certainly had undergone a similar discipline.
Mom’s operation on me occurred one afternoon when I was particularly excited by some event of the day, talking a mile a minute, pouring out all the wonder I had recently experienced. Mom, with the voice of authority, commanded a cease fire. She grabbed my hands, put them together in her firm grip and said: “Talk.” I opened my mouth and . . . nothing came out! I literally could not say a word without my hands being in motion. I tried. I really did. But nothing.
After a bit Mom released my hands and allowed me to speak. Haltingly I was able to convey some of what had excited me, but the emotional fire was gone.
After that initial trauma we had several sessions of basic training in American customs and civilized discourse. Dad sat on the sidelines, watching with amusement.
Eventually the newfound discipline stuck and I can now usually converse without waving my hands. But sometimes my excitement does get the better of me and I temporarily revert to my Sicilian heritage. Fortunately, my friends let these brief moments of insanity pass without comment.
© 2022 Chester L. Richards. All rights reserved.
In His Memoir, 'From The Potato to Star Trek and Beyond: Memoirs of a Rocket Scientist,' Chester L. Richards Goes Where Few Men Dare, and Tells The Tales
Richards explains why the most critical step in your success lies in your willingness to go on adventures
Los Angeles, California--From The Potato to Star Trek and Beyond: Memoirs of a Rocket Scientist is releasing June 21, 2022. Author and Star Trek contributor Chester L. Richards tells his life’s adventures as a rocket scientist, screenwriter, musician and world traveler in this action-packed memoir. Drawing inspiration from his late wife Sarah, Chester is baring all in his debut book release.
A man of grand adventures, Chester relates why taking the plunge into voluntary adventures is so enriching — they’ll change you forever, and sculpt your life’s story.
From The Potato To Star Trek and Beyond reveals his passion, his most exciting journeys and brushes with death. Chester believes one must view all that comes your way – the good, the terrifying, and the ugly – as a series of adventures. He shares an almost fatal encounter with a potato (yes, a potato), his experience as co-writer of one of the most iconic episodes of the original Star Trek, several wild African adventures, and more.
Says Steve Pastis (author, and writer/editor of The Good Life publication for seniors):
“I would highly recommend From the Potato to Star Trek and Beyond. The book is informative, even educational, but author Chester Richards maintains a friendly, conversational tone throughout. The stories were a definite surprise. Who knew that this mild-mannered, soft-spoken gentleman I’ve known for years had so many harrowing adventures, and was so accomplished in the scientific community? If there is a lesson to be learned from these pages, it’s that everyone should get to know the people in their lives on a deep level, especially the mild-mannered, soft-spoken ones.”
From The Potato to Star Trek and Beyond: Memoirs of a Rocket Scientist by Chester L. Richards is available for pre-order on Amazon
Available in Paperback, Hardcopy and Ebook
About the Author
Chester L. Richards, a retired aerospace engineer and inventor with 19 patents, recently turned 80. With a number of odd close encounters with the grim reaper under his belt, he has always boldly gone where few have dared.
Chester’s mantra — view all that comes your way, the good, the terrifying and the ugly, as a series of adventures —took shape early. After narrowly escaping mortal injury from The Great Potato as a lad, a few years later, in college, Chester and friend Judy Burns co-authored a spec script for Star Trek on a lark. The story they were brought in to write, “The Tholian Web,” became one of the original series’ most popular episodes.
A veteran writer advised the young man, “You should write. Write your passions.” But I have nothing to say, Chester thought. That was the moment he decided the real message was to fill his life with adventures. And he did — adventures in surfing, learning and performing music, traveling to exotic places for river rafting, and his work as a rocket scientist. But it was the loss of Sarah, the love of his life, that caused Chester 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.
To book Mr. Richards for interviews or to speak, please contact Desiree Duffy at Black Chateau Enterprises.
“Three...two...one...fire!” Hissss. Pop. “Uh, oh!” said the technician as the meters all swung to zero and red lights lit up down the length of the long control panel. My signals also had disappeared.
“What’s up?” I asked.
“We just blew up the test stand.”
“That little pop?”
“Yeah, that little pop.”
I moved toward the door to see what had happened. I visualized some minor damage. The little pop made it seem like the technician must be exaggerating. “Hold on, don’t go out,” he said. “Safety requires an hour wait.” He was right. Hydrogen and Fluorine were the propellants for our rocket engine — nasty stuff those, and they had to be fully dissipated before we could pay a visit outside.
The test stand consisted — I should say had consisted, before our recent, most rapid remodeling — of a concrete blockhouse, a neat tangle of piping and tanks above a concrete pad, and the rocket mounting fixtures. These fixtures projected the blast from the engine horizontally over the lip of a steep canyon near the fabled California town of San Juan Capistrano. The blockhouse was long and narrow — perhaps twice the size of a large living room. It was situated about thirty yards from the canyon’s edge and oriented parallel to the edge. The control panel stretched along the entire length of the blockhouse wall facing the canyon. Doors at each end of the blockhouse opened onto narrow, concrete walled, and labyrinth shielded, walkways which led to the canyon lip. Between the blockhouse and the canyon was the tangle of silvery pipes and tanks — all of which were suspended over our heads by massive steel girders. These girders also supported the cradle which mounted the rocket engine.
With nothing to do, time passed slowly until the all clear was given. Eagerly, I walked out the door and passed the labyrinth shield to find that the entire far end of the test stand had simply . . . vanished. Ten yards from the edge of the canyon the piping and girders, the rocket engine and its cradle, all had been sheared off, as neatly as if with a surgeon’s scalpel, and vaporized. Only the concrete pad remained, just slightly scorched.
“We won’t be doing any more testing soon,” said the technician. “I’ve seen this before. It’ll be a year before we get this place up and running again.” All I had, after nearly a year’s hard work, was about a second’s worth of now priceless data. I realized we would have to proceed to the flight tests without the confidence building experiments that we had intended. That’s often the way it is with National Priority programs.
What we were doing was, after all, of the greatest national significance...
Excerpt from "Rocket Science," in From The Potato to Star Trek and Beyond: Memoirs of a Rocket Scientist. Copyright @ 2022 Chester L. Richards. All rights reserved. Photo Minuteman III Rocket launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base. Camera Operator: F. Franz. Released to public.
New! See me talking about Flying Rockets in Space, crystals and bedrooms on new YouTubeVideo!
From Chester L. Richards
Hello, and happy to see you here! A little about what's behind these stories: Having retired from the world of aerospace engineering, I now spend time reading, inventing, listening to music, taking photographs and sharing them with friends. And writing stories. Often about people I've met as I've traveled to exotic places, learned about music, surfing, white water rafting, optics, photography. Every story is true. I hope you enjoy them.