Life Changes Show, February 15, 2021
Life Changes Show with Filippo Voltaggio and cohost Mark Laisure, with Executive Producer Dorothy Lee Donahue
“From Antarctica with Love,” with Guest, Retired Navy Lieutenant, Meteorologist, and Protagonist of a Viral Human Interest News Story, Paul Grisham; and Musical Guest, Singer / Songwriter / Composer, Liz Fohl, on The LIFE CHANGES Show #620
Guest: PAUL GRISHAM; and Musical Guest: LIZ FOHL
Retired Veteran who had his wallet returned which he had lost in Antarctica 53 years prior while in service as a Navy Lieutenant Meteorologist.
The story which hit on Feb, 6th, 2021, has made nearly every major news show, newspaper and magazine in America, and is starting to make it’s way around the globe.
In this day and age, we not only need a story like this to warm our hearts, but it also couldn’t have happened to a nicer man, who together with his wife Carole, have graciously said yes, to the major hourly attention from reporters.
We at The LIFE CHANGES Show are happy to say, our interview with Paul is different than all the rest, not the least of which is because our host, Filippo, and Paul’s son David have been friends since childhood.
1947 – Graduated from Douglas HS, Douglas AZ
1948 – Worked for Southern Pacific RR in El Paso TX (clerk in freight yards)
1948 – Enlisted in USN – Boot camp at Naval Training Center, San Diego
1949 – School in Corpus Christi 1-month
School in Memphis 1- month (Indoctrination into aviation schools)
AG A-school in Lakehurst, NJ 6-month (Weather Technician school)
Fleet Weather Central, San Francisco (Forecast Center)
1950 – NAS Alameda
1950 – Fleet Weather Central, Guam
1952 – Discharged
Fullerton Junior College 2-years (AA degree)
1957 – Reenlisted in USN
USS Bennington, CVA-20 – 4 years
1959 – Married Wilma Oretta Green
1960 – NAF Monterey
1961 – Birth of daughter, Michele Marie
1962 – AG B- school in Lakehurst, NJ (Enlisted Forecasters’ school)
FWC Pearl Harbor
1964 – Birth of son, David Arthur
1965 – Promotion to Chief Petty Officer
Advanced to Ensign, LDO (T)
Officer’s Indoctrination School in Pensacola FL
1967 – Promoted to LT(jg)
1967 – “Operation Deep Freeze” on THE ICE
1968 – Promoted to LT while in Antarctica
NAS North Island, San Diego CA
1970 – Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey
1971 – BS Engineering Science
1973 – MS Meteorology
USS Hancock, CVA-19
1975 – Witnessed “Operation Frequent Wind” (evacuation of Saigon)
FNWC Monterey (1st weather computer facility in the world)
1977 – Retired as LT
Employed by Monterey Savings and Loan as real property appraiser
1981 – Established Grisham Appraisal Service
2000 – My wife Wilma passed due to Kuf’s Disease stroke
2001 – Met Martha Carole Salazar in Paris, France
2003 – Married Carole in Mission San Diego – honeymooned in Paris
2021 – His wallet which he had lost 53 years prior in Antarctica, was returned…
Paul’s volunteer work over the years:
He volunteered for 20 years at Carmel Hospital 1980-2002
Mama’s Kitchen in San Diego 2002-2020 (staging meals for AIDS, heart disease, diabetes clients which are then delivered to their homes)
USS Midway Museum 2007-2020 Volunteer docent. Now awaiting the lift of the pandemic restrictions.
More about Paul and his story in the following short list of videos and article links:
Liz Fohl grew up in Indianapolis and recorded/released her first collection of songs the summer after 8th grade (she burned each CD and wrote the track titles on every one with a Sharpie). In high school, she signed up for show choir before knowing what it was, put out a second record (no Sharpies this time), and dyed her hair many, many colors.
Liz studied songwriting at Berklee College of Music in Boston before moving to Los Angeles to pursue music full time. She interned at Fader5 Studios and performed 4 nights a week at a high-energy dueling piano bar in Hollywood for a few years. Now she works out of her cozy home studio, complete with a very cute husky, where she writes custom music for tv shows and commercials, composes custom podcast music, records voice over content, and produces original music.
A talented musician, vocalist and performer, Liz plays piano, guitar, and electric bass, as well as being a professional vocalist. Liz has toured internationally as a solo act as well as accompanying American Idol and X-Factor contestants.
Liz’s clients include: Netflix, MTV, VH1, Sony BMG, VIACOM, Comedy Central, Amazon Web Services, TikTok, The Buffalo Bills, The ASCAP Foundation, DeBeers Jewelers, Harper’s Bazaar, many more.
Come and join the conversation about what's going on and what we can do together about it, with it, and for it. We have the choice, we have the power. We can do magic if we just believe!
A show about the changes going on in us, to us, around us, and because of us. Therefore, it's technically a show about "Everything," only with a how to make it better, see it better, be better.
In the show, there is talk about, and with, people who have either been through major changes, are helping others with major changes, or people who are changing the world for the better in a major way.
The show is a one-hour talk show format with a monologue by the host, a 30 minute interview with a guest of note, capped by a "Producer's Wrap" segment, in which Filippo and Co-Host Mark Laisure, and sometimes surprise guests, bring it all home for the listeners in a sometimes humorous and sometimes touching, but always entertaining conversation.