Born in Summit, New Jersey in 1945, Richard was raised in Colorado after the Fogg family moved to Boulder in 1955. Richard graduated from the University of Colorado with a degree in English Literature. Inspired by his father’s service, he joined the U.S. Air Force and served for four years, including one year in Vietnam. Subsequent to his Honorable Discharge, Richard first spent a dozen years at the largest bank in Boulder, ending that chapter of his career as a Vice-President and Trust Officer. He then became a small-business owner as he and a partner purchased and re-built a failing gun store.
An automobile enthusiast, Richard contributed to The Viper Buyer’s Guide, published in 2004 by Motorbooks International, and was invited to write an editorial column for a new, as yet unpublished, automobile magazine. In addition to co-authoring Fogg in the Cockpit, Richard and Janet have also penned several screenplays together, and Richard is currently drafting a science fiction manuscript.
Janet was also raised in Colorado, her family having moved from Illinois in 1958. Janet attended Front Range Community College and became Chief Financial Officer for one of the largest architectural firms in the state. She served on the Board of Directors of the Boulder Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Boulder, Inc., and was published regularly in trade periodicals.
Janet’s award-winning World War II novel Soliloquy was released in 2009 by The Wild Rose Press. In addition to writing with Richard, she is working on a new book and collaborating on screenplays, narrative non-fiction, and fiction. She is a member of Pikes Peak Writers, served as Published Author Liaison for Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, contributes to RMFW's Chiseled in Rock blog, the Sisters of the Quill blog, and is an administrator of the 359th Fighter Group's Facebook page.
Although Howard passed away in 1996, he remains close in Richard's and Janet's hearts. They remember his laughter, his integrity, his unwavering dedication to his beloved wife Maggie, and his extraordinary ability to recreate the majesty of a steam engine thundering up a mountain pass. So it was with a blend of both delight and sorrow that they began to transcribe Howard's wartime diary. Soon, they realized that the small book contained much more than a simple summary of Howard's service during World War II. His combat tour in England was brought to life with the same clarity, detail, and passion as his art, and from their desire to share this experience, Fogg In The Cockpit was born.