Adviser Update Summer 2016 - Page 46

entertainment editor. One of his journalism classes was taught by the editor of the Asbury Park Press, a publication for “the city on the Jersey Shore where I grew up and where Bruce Springsteen gets his start.” The Asbury Park editor hired Santelli out of college as the music critic. “Bruce Springsteen is just coming up during this time, just starting to emerge as a major artist,” explained Santelli. “To go from the newspaper to national magazines was really due to access to Bruce Springsteen and to the band.” He added, “I was the guy who was witnessing it all and got a chance to write about it and that led me to a career in journalism.” His career took flight, along with his marriage. “It was one of those Jersey Shore, Bruce Springsteen, boardwalk kind of stories.” Many people tell him “Born to Run” should be his anthem, because, as he puts it, traveling is in his genetic make-up. “I need When I hear a song or an album or an artist that absolutely knocks me over, I can still connect with that same kind of energy and that same kind of passion I had when I was 16.” to do this,” he said. “This is part of my DNA — to move and to go — I’m blessed with a lot of energy and the ability to stay disciplined and focused on the task at hand, so it ‘s not that big a deal.” “I need it,” he repeats. “I have a sense of inner motion that needs to be fulfilled.” His instinct to roam and hunt for stories fit his wife’s desire to stay at home, which is how they raised their three children. “I really felt that it was more important to experience than to accumulate money or homes or furniture or whatever,” so he pursued “these incredible oncein-a-lifetime opportunities and experiences.” If music was his siren call to journalism, freelance writing was his lifeline. “I wrote about bicycling, skin diving, surfing, wind surfing, hiking, whatever I could to earn a living.” Some of the ways that he speaks about the thrills offered to him through freelance writing downplay the grueling discipline required of his being the breadwinner of his family. As a young surfer, he often woke at 5 a.m. to scout the rare waves suitable for his sport. This habit served his writing process. “When I was writing full time,” he