Today’s guest, Ralph Fatello, is a true renaissance man. He’s a Marine and Vietnam war veteran. A singer and songwriter that’s performed in front of crowds as large as 25,000 and opened for bands such as The Police and Emerson, Lake, and Palmer.
Today’s guest, Ralph Fatello, is a true renaissance man. He’s a Marine and Vietnam war veteran. A singer and songwriter that’s performed in front of crowds as large as 25,000 and opened for bands such as The Police and Emerson, Lake, and Palmer. A writer, who’s blog called Ralph’s pic of the week, has around 300,000 readers every week from around the world. An avid surfer, filmmaker, and consummate volunteer. And of course, a husband and father. One of my favorite interviews so far, Ralph shares some crazy life stories, including an absolutely wild run in with Colombian drug lord, Pablo Escobar, when his band was touring in South America. Ralph's someone who I would say, has lived life to the fullest.
00:02:27 Growing up with music and art
00:06:39 "We were going to be stuntmen in Hollywood"
00:08:35 The Beatles' influence on him
00:13:15 Starting out in rock bands
00:16:47 Opening for Emerson, Lake, and Palmer at the Meadowlands
00:21:15 "The stage becomes your dog crate"
00:23:42 Opening for The Police
00:27:57 What's kept him driven to keep writing and performing music
00:30:25 Run in with Pablo Escobar
00:37:35 Surfing as an addiction
00:44:37 Love of documenting surfing
00:55:30 Ralph's Pic of the Week Blog
01:00:30 Carbon Monoxide Scare
01:02:51 "Surfing heals all wounds"
01:05:45 Service and volunteer work around surfing
01:11:35 Enlisting in the Marine Corps during Vietnam
01:14:15 Starting out in Paris Island
01:22:40 "If you shoot Expert Jimmy, this meatball sub is yours"
01:27:15 The Marine Corps brotherhood
01:31:45 Finding purpose after Vietnam
01:36:53 Being a husband, father, and grandfather comes most naturally
01:39:11 An avid outdoorsman