Peter Riva, author

Mojave Flight Test
Center, 1986

I was a pure math major at college but later went to UCLA Film School and then to the BBC as an Apprentice. I was the creator and producer of over 78 hours of primetime wildlife television, spent a ton of time in East Africa and parts of North and Central Africa, co-founded of a film history museum, and was the program manager for the first global circum-navigation atmospheric flight (Voyager; 1986). I have worked for more than thirty years with the leaders in aerospace and space exploration as well as environmental causes with the UN, USA and USSR. I also helped manage and create several international historic events (the memorabilia of which are on permanent display in national institutions in America, Germany, and France as well as touring internationally). My daytime job for more than forty years has been as a literary agent. Born and raised in New York City and Switzerland, I moved some years ago and love where I live now best of all: Gila, New Mexico.

My Story

Kenya, 1988

Dec. 1986,
Voyager Medal Ceremony