Rick Deutsch


Author, Speaker, Historian

Rick Deutsch

An avid outdoor adventurer, Rick Deutsch has explored the seven continents from Antarctica to Egypt. His talks present the geology, history, and culture of prominent “bucket list” places.  An avid histophile, he covers popular destinations, such as Venice, Barcelona and Galapagos, but also gives presentations on unusual but fascinating topics to round out his offerings. Rarely touched by other special interest speakers are his lectures on UFO’s, The Space Age, and the History of the World.


Retired from a successful career as a Silicon Valley marketing executive, Rick embarked on a path of adventure writing and motivational speaking. 


As a member of the National Speakers Association, he gives “image-based” presentations to organizations, museums, associations, and companies, while his daily blogs and social media bring his readers along on vicarious journeys to adventure spots throughout the world.


Rick holds a BS in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Maryland, an MS in Systems Management from the University of Southern California, and a Marketing  MBA from Santa Clara University.  An Air Force officer during the Vietnam and Cold War eras, he directed flight-line activity of the B-52 bomber.  He later served four years as Operations Director on the top secret reconnaissance satellite program known as HEXAGON – only declassified in 2011. He was awarded a Commendation Medal for support of this program.


He’s been an in-demand cruise ship lecturer for over 10 years, with engagements on Crystal, Seabourn, Silversea, Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Princess and others.



Geography & History 

Machu Picchu: The Inca Empire

Galapagos: Garden of Eden?

Ancient Egypt: Land of the Pharaohs

The Great Wall of China – An Engineering & Social Marvel

Mt. Fuji – The Nippon Rite of Passage

Costa Rica – The Enchanted Land

The Panama Canal: Men Move Mountains

Alaska – The Last Frontier

Yosemite: The Crown Jewel of the National Park Service

Yellowstone – The First National Park

Death Valley – The Hottest Place on Earth

The Grand Canyon – A Big Hole in the Ground

The National Parks of Utah - Nature at its finest

The Black Hills of Dakota

Alcatraz – “The Rock:” The Ultimate Prison

Venice  “Undoubtedly the most beautiful city built by man.”

Barcelona – Art Deco Center of Europe

African Safari – Tanzania, Nature Expedition

San Francisco – Bagdad by the Bay

The Canary Islands: They’re not named for the bird!

The Roman Empire -  Done in by a Woman

Antarctica – The bottom of the planet

The Lesser Antilles – Pearls of the Caribbean


Someday Never Comes: Discover Your Passion

The Iditarod – “Last Great Race on Earth.”

Fitness: Exactly what does it mean to be “fit?”

The Cold War – The risks were high

Silicon Valley – The Center of the Computer Age

The Undersea Kingdom – Mystery and Beauty

Napoleon Bonaparte – General, Dictator, Emperor

Howard Hughes and his Spruce Goose - the world's largest plane

Genghis Khan – Ruthless Conqueror of most of the world

The Titanic – The complete the story

UFO’s – Has earth been visited by intelligent life?

Charles Darwin – The Evolutionist

Aviation – From Kites to the Space Shuttle

The Black Hills of Dakota - Mt Rushmore, Buffalo and Gold

Atlantis – The lost continent

The Legend of Santa Claus – Loved by all

Napa – Golden Harvest

Rock & Roll – A thumbnail history

The Renaissance – The rebirth of mankind

The Canary Islands: They’re not named for the bird!

Pirates: Caribbean Scoundrels

Rick Deutsch speaking on Princess Hawaii Cruise