Rich delights in connecting "factual dots" and posing provocative questions. He also loves all things patriotic, West Point, Christmas and Dickens, as well as traveling the world and talking to diverse groups about his narratives and life experiences.
Since writing Eben Kruge, Rich has co-authored its screenplay with son, Richie Adams, the tentative film title to be Before The Carol. Richie is an award-winning writer, director, producer and filmmaker (www.rrc.la), and his most recent film, Of Mind and Music, www.ofmindandmusic.com, is the critically acclaimed narrative about a beautiful street singer suffering from memory loss and a disheartened neuroscientist intent on helping her, bringing together the city of New Orleans and the Jazz that made it famous. After garnering many awards on the film festival circuit and a limited theatrical release, the film (distributed by Monterey Media, and staring Aunjanue Ellis, Joaquim De Almeida, Bill Cobbs and Sharon Lawrence) is available for rent or purchase on Amazon, Amazon Prime, iTunes, Netflix and other venues.
Rich is nearly finished with his third novel, Song Bé, which begins three hours before an evening symphony performance at the Orpheum Theater in present day New Orleans. Richard Foxworth (Fox), an internationally renowned architect, is suddenly undone by what his wife discovers in the lining of his old army field jacket. The find unearths his role as a second lieutenant in the Battle of Song Bé during the Vietnam Tet Offensive of 1968 – a battle in which he is severely wounded and medevac’d to Walter Reed Army Hospital. After six months at Walter Reed and having no recollection of the battle and every night experiencing the same disturbing dream, he is transferred to Rollingwood Sanitarium for psychological treatment. As Fox and his wife prepare for the concert, her innocent questions threaten defenses constructed years earlier by Dr. Steinberg. At the concert, emotionally drained, Fox is unable to stay awake...unable to resist the long dormant dream.
About the Author
Rich is the first of three brothers to graduate from West Point, a member of the Class of 1967, and very active in West Point alumni activities. Since leaving the active duty Army in 1974, with "short tours" in Vietnam and the Middle East, he has been an engineering consultant, and formed and later sold a medium-size geotechnical and environmental consulting company to then practice on his own.
In late 1967, six months after graduation from the Academy, Rich deployed with two brigades of the 101st Airborne Division from Fort Campbell, KY, to Vietnam, as the artillery forward observer for D Company of the 1/506th Infantry, of WWII "Band of Brothers" fame, an experience that figures in his writing of Song Bé.
While managing his consulting company, Rich carved out time to mentor others as an adjunct professor in SMU's graduate school of engineering, and as an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering at West Point. After selling his company, he and his wife chose to share time between Sandestin, Florida, and the Vail Valley of Colorado, and in the Rockies Rich became an amateur "mountain man" as well as a part time ski instructor for Vail Resorts, primarily working Beaver Creek (lots of stories there...).
Whether taking a six-year-old grandson to the top of a Colorado "Fourteener," bringing the joy of skiing to three Alabama sisters, or sipping Venice wine, Rich enjoys life, people, incredible family, talking to diverse audiences, traveling the world, golfing, all snow sports, hiking and biking. He and his wife are active members of the Destin United Methodist Church, and in Rich's words, "God is good, and we are blest!"