Dick Rutan

Dick Rutan made history in December of 1986 after completing a nine day, three minute and forty-four second around the world, non-stop and non-refueled flight, setting world records that remain unchallenged today. President Ronald Reagan awarded Dick the Presidential Citizen's Medal of Honor at a special ceremony for the Voyager Team four days after the landing. Dick Rutan was elected to serve as a member of the board for the Mojave Civilian Flight Test Center and Spaceport in Mojave, CA. In July of 2002, Dick Rutan was inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame in Dayton, Ohio. Dick flew 325 missions in Vietnam, 105 of them as a member of the Super Sabre FAC, a high-risk operation commonly known as the "MISTY's." He was hit by enemy ground fire on his last mission and was forced to eject from his burning F-100, to be rescued later. Before retiring from the Air Force in 1978, Lt. Col. Rutan was awarded the Silver Star, five Distinguished Flying Crosses, 16 Air Medals and a Purple Heart. In 1997, the "Around the World In 80 Nights" tour was successfully completed in two small experimental Long-EZ aircraft. In 1998, his attempt at a third around-the-world record ended dramatically with his third life-saving emergency parachute jump. In 2000, Dick went on a sightseeing tour of the North Pole, but after the airplane, a Russian Antonov AN2, fell through the ice, the pleasure trip quickly turned into a rescue mission. He set a world distance record in the EZ Rocket in 2005, is currently building a Berkut airplane and plans to set more world records in the future, and even break some of his standing world records.

Cynthia P. Cerny

Cynthia is a long-time resident of Colorado and former ice dancer who trained at the highly acclaimed Broadmoor World Arena. Prior to launching her writing career, Cynthia served as executive assistant and right-hand "man" to a number of corporate presidents, CEOs, and Chairmen. She was also a member of Executive Women International (EWI), serving on the Board of the Denver Chapter.

In 2002 Cynthia decided it was time to pursue her real passion — writing and in the fourth quarter of that year her first book, Losers, Creeps, Jerks and Weirdos: A Dating Story, was released. Cynthia embarked on a book tour that drew standing-room-only crowds, and by February 2003 Losers hit the bestseller's list. In June 2007, Cynthia's eagerly anticipated second book, Luna Tides, was released nationwide. Luna Tides is a story of human perseverance and growth, evoking a full range of emotions for readers in a style that has been described by readers and reviewers as "superb", "refreshing", "genuine", and "powerful".

From entertaining and humorous in Losers, to dramatic and serious in Luna Tides, Cynthia continues to delight her fans with her acute understanding of her audience. In addition to inspiring through the written word, Cynthia is becoming increasingly popular as a speaker, addressing audiences across the country with her practical message of empowerment, hope, and possibilities for women and men.

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