As the son of a career Air Force officer, Steve Richards grew up in Maine, Texas, Illinois, Japan, Hawaii and Washington D.C. Upon graduating from The Ohio State University, he entered the United States Air Force and completed a highly successful 27 year career retiring in 1995 as a Colonel. Following retirement from the Air Force, Colonel Richards moved to San Antonio, Texas where he managed one of the most prestigious country clubs in Texas. Steve is currently the President of Strategic Edge 360, an international consulting company specializing in strategic planning and leadership & management development for Olympic sports and non-profits.
Steve has been actively involved in Olympic Sports for over 40 years first as an athlete and later serving eight years on the Board of Directors of the United States Olympic Committee. He has been President of two Olympic Sports Organizations – Shooting and Pentathlon and was a member of the 2004 United States Olympic Team in Athens, Greece. Steve’s other passions include windsurfing, mountain biking, hiking, and adventure travel.
His wife Susann is a professional educator having taught in both private and public schools for over 30 years. They have two married children. Their daughter served in the Air Force for 12 years as a Flight Test Engineer at Edwards Air Force Base before moving to private industry. Their son is an Air Force officer and fighter pilot who is currently an instructor pilot in the Air Force’s newest fighter the F-22.
This book results from Steve’s 40-year passion for the music that he and 78 million other Baby Boomers grew up with. Twenty-five years ago, Harry Chapin’s song “Cat’s in the Cradle” had a profound impact on him as a father and husband and his book describes in personal terms how music has impacted his life.