There are a lot of characters in The Barefoot Bandit, and a lot of them are real characters in the best, most entertaining sense. Here are a few in the order in which they appear in the book with links to learn more about them:
Bob Rivers is the Seattle radio personality who owned the first plane Colt stole. His show airs daily on 95.7 KJR and streams at: Bob Rivers.com where you can also listen to his “Twisted Tunes” and learn about the charity work he and his radio team do for kids around the world.
Much of former-Apollo astronaut Bill Anders’s time these days is spent flying classic warbirds at the Museum of Flight in Bellingham, WA. In this video link, Bill tells one of the stories he told in The Barefoot Bandit.
John Henry Browne is Seattle’s most famous defense attorney. Remarkably, he and his associates, including especially Emma Scanlon, were able to take Colt’s offenses in three countries and nine states and have them all handled in just two courts, federal and Washington State, and plea bargained Colt down to serving about four years (on the new charges) for 65 felonies. If your ass is ever on the line, you can reach John Henry at http://www.jhblawyer.com/attorneys/