I’m lucky to be a friend of David Williams, Executive Director of the Hydroplane and Raceboat museum in Kent, Washington (not far from my home). If you’re not aware of it, hydroplane racing has a storied history in the Pacific Northwest, with a “golden age” between the 1960’s and the 1990’s that has cemented its place in local sports legend. One incredible story from this era’s earlier years is the tale of Miro Slovak.
His life story reads like something out of a James Bond novel with a coming-of-age finish–escaping Communism in a daring flight, coming to America and establishing himself as Bill Boeing’s personal pilot, and then emerging as one of hydroplane racing’s most lauded champions. David writes a book that is deeply personal and deeply meaningful for anyone who listens to it. I’m proud of my narration of this work and so glad I was able to capture this story of an American hero’s life.