We now meet Rafe Archangeli from Mad Dog and Archangel.
Tell us how you came to attend the 25th reunion of the Class of 1990 at Summerville High. The reunion was the last place on earth I wanted to be . . . but as it happened, several months before the invitation arrived in the mail, I found myself falling in love with the coordinator of the Eastman Awards banquet. Grace Dunavan promised she'd marry me only if I escorted her to the banquet. Plus, one of my former classmates, Dru Horvath, was the recipient of the Award. I felt the need to be there for her when she accepted the award, stand for her in case a few of the bigots from the class decided to take a few pot shots at her.
You were a con man for many years. I was. It paid the bills and I was able to help a lot of people with the money I fleeced from the rich and shameless.
How did you go from bilking rich society women to heading up a multi-million dollar trust? It was not something I would have chosen for a career change. I only returned to Summerville to attend the funeral of my best friend, Deege Thurgood. Turns out, he left me the Thurgood Trust in his will. I felt totally inadequate but Grace helped me see it as a way to make living amends to him. I took the post, over the objections of many in the community, and I'm very glad I did.
If you were given an opportunity for a 'do-over' would you take it? Certainly I wouldn't have drank and drugged for almost twenty years so yes, I'd do that over. Would I have turned from running scams? I don't know.
What movies have had an impact on your life? “Veronica Guerin” is based on a true story about an investigative reporter who was murdered after digging into a Dublin mobster. That was a pisser. I liked “Miracle” very much for the theme of team building, then again I like almost everything Kurt Russell makes. And “The Stoning of Soraya M.” was very powerful. Goes to show I've been hanging with Dru Horvath; she's rubbing off on me.
What are you reading right now? The Best of Mad Magazine, Volumes 1 through 5. Grace gave it to me for my birthday. Next to Roberto Clemente, Alfred E. Neuman was my hero back in the day.
Other than the drugs and alcohol, do you have any other regrets? I would take back my first reaction to discovering Grace was a nun in a former life. I found out the morning after, if you get my drift. My response was less than. . . mature. I would change the things I said if I could.
What's the best piece of advice you ever received? One day at a time.
What's up next for you? Grace and I are taking a delayed honeymoon to the west of Ireland. She went to school in Galway and has promised to show me the Ring of Kerry and Dingle Peninsula. I can't wait.
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Later this week: Rory McElroy from Embraceable You