In 1960, Richard C. Cook moved with his family to Williamsburg, VA, where he spent his formative years in the restored colonial capital. In 1970 Cook graduated from the College of William and Mary, receiving a degree with honors and election to Phi Beta Kappa. He then came to Washington, D.C., to work as an analyst with the federal government.
With the federal government, Cook first worked on the policy staff of the U.S. Civil Service Commission followed by the Food and Drug Administration. Having been promoted to the Jimmy Carter White House, he served under Esther Peterson, Carter's special assistant for consumer affairs.
Cook left Washington to operate a farm he purchased in West Virginia. Returning to Washington in 1985, Cook went to work for NASA as an analyst on the space shuttle program. While there he warned of a possible disaster due to faulty O-ring joints in the solid rocket boosters. The disaster came to pass with the loss of Challenger and seven American astronauts in January 1986. Cook then told the investigating commission and the press that NASA had known of this problem for years. After NASA, Cook worked at the U.S. Treasury department for over two decades. Upon retirement in 2007, Cook wrote articles predicting the crash of 2008. He has also advocated for a basic income guarantee and in 2011 introduced his Gaia Plan for a guaranteed income for all people.
Cook has published three books previously: "In the Footsteps of the Yogi" on his experiences with Sri Shivabalayogi, a guru from India; "Challenger Revealed" on his time as a whistleblower with NASA; and "We Hold These Truths: The Hope of Monetary Reform" on how to change the financial system. Cook and his wife Karen now live in the Maryland Blue Ridge mountains near the Antietam Civil War battlefield.
In his latest book, "Return of the Aeons: The Planetary Spiritual Ascension", Cook confronts the central topic of our day: the predicted "End Times." He says the Ascension is real but that it applies to all human beings, not just a select few. He says planet earth has already moved to higher consciousness within the galaxy and that people have the opportunity to move with it through raising their own vibration. He says all man-made structures that rely on the human ego for their source of authority must perish.
"Return of the Aeons: The Planetary Spiritual Ascension" by Richard C. Cook is being published by CreateSpace, an Amazon Company. Richard C. Cook is available for public speaking and may be contacted via email at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.