Well, Disney is moving ahead with the screenwriting and production of my co-written book The Finest Hours.  Still kinda hard for me to get my head around, but everything is falling into place.  I’m hoping casting starts this spring and filming begins this summer.

I just got back from speaking at three Coast Guard Air Stations: Houston, Mobile, and New Orleans.  One of my lasting memories is of a young boy named Luke who visited the Coast Guard base via the “Make a Wish”  Foundation.  His dream has been to be a rescue swimmer, the men and women at Air Station Mobile helped him through the training and he made it.  The station put together a beautiful video of his training.  I just found out his address so I sent him an audio book version of Overboard because that features rescue swimmer A.J. Thompson.  That young boy was a rescue swimmer for a day, but little hero forever.  I wrote to him that although I’m a good swimmer, I’d never make it as a rescue swimmer because I’m afraid of heights!

Speaking of rescue swimmers, my next book will feature Drew Dazzo making a rescue in 70 foot seas in the Gulf Stream.  Simon and Schuster is publishing the book, which I’ve tentatively titled “A Storm Too Soon.”  In a couple months I’ll post some photos from rescue here on the blog. In addition, I now have  a Facebook Author page “Michael J. Tougias”. If you have any friends that might be interested in taking a look at it, please  forward it along.

Best wishes to all for a safe and healthy 2012 filled with gratitude for the good things in life.


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