An Entrepreneur’s Story of Discovery

John Hendricks

There are people you have the fortune of crossing paths with that leave a lasting impression. Perhaps it’s their gravitas, their intelligence, their compassion…in some cases, it’s all of the above.

I’ve had the fortune of being a part of the Discovery Communications family for 11 years and that would never have been the case without one man: John Hendricks. Before Discovery was the international media company it is today, it started with a kernel of an idea: why couldn’t there be a channel dedicated to documentaries? It wasn’t overnight and it wasn’t with ease, but Discovery Channel was born in 1985…and that was only the beginning.

A Curious Discovery BookToday, Hendricks debuts his memoir, A Curious Discovery: An Entrepreneur’s Story, and the journey began before that fateful June day in 1985. Discovery was born out of curiosity – about the natural world, about space and more. It’s that curiosity that we so often lose as we grow older but, lucky for us, Hendricks has not let it fall to the wayside.

Visit to read an excerpt from the book and find out where you can purchase it. It’s important to note that all of the proceeds will be split among four organizations that have a special place in the heart of our founder: Discovery Channel Global Education Partnership, Lowell Observatory (home to the Discovery Channel Telescope), The National Forest Foundation and The Nature Conservancy.

Watch an interview with Hendricks today on CBS This Morning to learn more below, and follow @JohnSHendricks on Twitter to share his passion for and curiosity about our world.