Richard Chase Mears was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1935. Following a lineage of sea captains and plantation owners, he was well schooled in Southern tradition. Tragedy in his early life sent him into seclusion where he sought refuge on the Chesapeake estuaries and particularly on the Patuxent River. Here he acquired a deep knowledge and love for the river, its wildlife and the woodlands. Sensing his pending academic doom, his father sent him to a private boys' school taught by Jesuits in the classic tradition. After graduation his restlessness and love of knowledge and adventure tore him from a traditional life in Baltimore. He joined the United States Air Force in Air Force Intelligence, which took him around the world. When he settled after three years of experience and adventure he continued his education at the Pennsylvania State University in writing and journalism after which he ventured into New York City and explored the fields of film production and agency advertising (J. Walter Thompson, 1961-1963 - a Mad Men experience where he met his wife ) and went into investment management. In 1974, he became president of his own investment company (Richard C. Mears Inc.) in San Francisco and has since added a division, RCM Enterprises, for film and novel production. His adventures have evolved into exploring Africa and writing fiction: Ebb Of The River, Anubis Rex/The Jupiter File, St. Nick And The Space Nicks (his first children's book), The Bard Club, Naga Basa, and a sixth coming novel, Chardonnay Red/ Carlyle Blues.

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