"Erma Bombeck meets Ernest Hemingway." That's how a friend described his impressions of Bob Rich's stories. You may find yourself agreeing as you read these entertaining tales about the adventures of an avid sportsman and entrepreneur told with the light touch of a humorist.
Bob Rich has always been a gamer, from his first hockey games as a kid on the ice rinks of Buffalo through his adult life on the high seas in pursuit of record sport fish. Games have defined him in business, sports, and life.
Western New Yorkers will be especially interested in Bob's discussion of his activities in the local community: pioneering the art of purchasing the naming rights for Rich Stadium, where the Buffalo Bills play; buying and selling a National Hockey League franchise (the Buffalo Sabres)—twice; and pursuing the dream of Major League Baseball in his hometown, along with behind-the-scene glimpses of Robert Redford's The Natural, which was filmed in Buffalo.
Beyond Western New York, Bob describes fishing trips around the world in pursuit of trout with the president of the United States and in search of a thousand-pound blue marlin known as a grander, as well as swimming around Key West, and much more.
The combination of vivid characters, intriguing storylines, and Bob's easy, flowing conversational style of writing make The Right Angle an appealing and enjoyable read.
"A very successful businessman, Bob Rich is also an avid sportsman. The Right Angle: Tales from a Sporting Life, is a vivid narrative about this good man's life and interests." --President George H. W. Bush
"In this beguiling collection of stories about fishing, baseball, hockey, swimming, and dogs, Bob Rich proves that life is indeed a game, sometimes serious and sometimes not. You'll win some and you'll lose some. The Right Angle is a wise and often humorous look at what it means to live a fully engaged life. This is a dynamite book. --Monte Burke, staff writer Forbes Magazine
"Bob Rich's stories are not only entertaining but also a reflection of his love for the community through sport. Sports are significant to Western New York and The Right Angle captures the Rich involvement in virtually every major initiative." --Dennis Gorski, former Erie County Executive
"Bob Rich offers a book that is equal parts big-fish tale, family memoir, and inside skinny from a front row seat to history. Of fish and family he writes in genial conversational style. And of the intrigue behind some of the key moments in Buffalo's sporting past he writes with secret piercing acidity. Ralph Wilson and John Rigas are among those who won't like it. Readers will: The Right Angle has the right stuff." --Erik Brady, national sportswriter and former Courier-Express columnist
"Bob Rich has penned a remarkable series of tales from his varied and accomplished life and career. The common thread to the stories from the variety of arenas he has played and competed in is the warmth, humor, authenticity, and wisdom that run through these personal experiences. This highly entertaining and genuine book contains something of value for every reader, regardless of their perspective or life path." --Mark Shapiro, president of the Cleveland Indians
"There are few sportsmen who can match the breadth of experience and variation of Bob Rich's life. The Right Angle is a wonderful collection of autobiographical tales. This truly passionate angler, sports fan, friend, and now English Lord can tell a super story all the way back to his French ancestors! 'La bonne vie est inspiree par l'amour et guidee par la connaissance." ('The good life is inspired by love and guided by knowledge.') Thanks Lord Bubba for this great read that had me laughing out loud on almost every page." --Howard Taylor, English chalk stream outfitter and guide
"How many people do you know who grew up playing ice hockey that nearly reached the Olympics in Team Handball, mastered the sport of Polo, built three of America's most successful baseball minor league teams, became one of the world's most renowned fishermen, excelled as a writer and swam in a race around Key West? I can think of only one; Bob Rich. An admitted sport junkie, in The Right Angle, Bob leads us through his incredible life's journey as an athlete, all occurring while he is building one of America's most successful businesses. Filled with wit, humor and an underlying theme of passion and competitiveness, Bob shares his most sacred secrets for success in sport, in business, and in life. The Right Angle is a must read for anyone who needs to be reminded that life can be both fun and successful." --Gary W. Hall, M.D., three-time Olympic Swimmer
About the Author:
Bob Rich (Buffalo, NY), is the chairman of Rich Products Corporation, one of the premier family-owned businesses in the world. Headquartered in Buffalo, NY, the company does business in over one hundred countries. He is also the author of three other books—Fish Fights: A Hall of Fame Quest; The Fishing Club: Brothers and Sisters of the Angle; and (with Scott Friedman) Secrets from the Delphi Cafe: Unlocking the Code to Happiness.