Unlike Tuscany, the Caribbean or Maui, you need a really good excuse to visit Colombia. Luckily, I had one. A friend of mine was traveling through South America – learning Spanish and seeking humanitarian volunteer opportunities – and had settled into Colombia’s “gringo trail” for a few months.
Louis Zamperini. Since its November 2010 debut, Unbroken, the much-anticipated second book from Seabiscuit author Laura Hillenbrand, has sold well more than a million copies and spent 66 weeks and counting atop the NY Times best-seller list. The book recounts the extraordinary story of a former Olympian, World War II POW and national hero. With the phenomenal success of Unbroken, new generations have been intro-duced to this heroic man and inspired by his unforgettable story. Among Zamperini’s many fans are Southbay photographer Jeff Berting and yours truly. And so it was, on a brilliantly sunny winter morning, that Jeff, his wife, Siri, and I drove up a winding Hollywood Hills road to Louis Zamperini’s home for a once-in-a-lifetime experience to meet, photograph and interview this bona fide living legend.