We want to take the opportunity to congratulate Bermuda 40 owner Dick Cooper for publishing his e-book East of the Chesapeake, a compilation of stories about the Eastern Shore of Maryland. As you can tell by the book’s introduction below, Dick is an accomplished writer and pivotal player in The Chesapeake Bay Bermuda-40 Association. Definitely worth a read!

The Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay has always been a place apart. For centuries, it has been bypassed and thought of as a dead end, an obstacle to overcome or a swamp to ignore. As a result, the region and its people have become strong-willed, self-reliant and resourceful. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Dick Cooper introduces readers to those places and the people who call them home, the boats they sail and the traditions that make them and the region uniquely American. Cooper has sailed the Chesapeake Bay for more than 40 years. He has explored the Bay from the Susquehanna Flats at its head to the harbors of Norfolk and Portsmouth 190 miles to the south. This book is a compilation of stories he has written over the last decade for several publications including the Chesapeake Log and the Tidewater Times. Cooper and his wife, Pat, live in St. Michaels, Maryland, and continue to sail the Bay in their classic 1971 Hinckley Bermuda 40 yawl, Tusitala.

About the Author: Dick Cooper is President of Cooper Media Associates, Inc., a media consulting, public relations, editing and writing firm. Clients include businesses, law firms, the City of Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Inquirer, the William Penn Foundation, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, the Center for Public Integrity, the Tidewater Times, The Shore Life, Annapolis Life Style, Shore Ledger, Talbot Spy and the Miles River Yacht Club.

He was a metropolitan newspaper reporter, editor and manager for 36 years. As a staffer at The Philadelphia Inquirer for 28 years, he covered local, regional and national news. He conducted journalistic investigations focusing on crime and corruption, covered local, state and federal courts and directed The Philadelphia Inquirer’s news coverage in the city and its suburbs. Cooper served for four years as the Director of New Research for The Inquirer and Daily News. He taught advanced reporting and writing at Temple University’s Department of Journalism for 10 years. During his career, he has won several professional awards including a Pulitzer Prize in 1972 for coverage of the Attica Prison Riot.

Cooper was a Michigan Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan, 1990-91, and is a 1969 graduate of the Michigan State University School of Journalism.