John Aldridge
John Aldridge

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Name: John Aldridge

Occupation: Commercial fisherman

Hometown: Oakdale, NY

Residence: Montauk, NY

Twitter: @A_SpeckintheSea

Facebook: Anna Mary Fisheries, INC.

Short bio: John Aldridge has been a commercial fisherman in Montauk, New York, for 20 years. With his childhood friend, Anthony Sosinski, he owns and operates the Anna Mary, a 45-foot lobster boat docked in Montauk Harbor. On July 24, 2013, Aldridge fell overboard in the middle of the night, 40 miles from shore, with no life jacket. For more than 12 hours, he was alone in the chilly North Atlantic water, buoyed only by his fishing boots. The U.S. Coast Guard, aided by more than 20 members of the Montauk fishing fleet, launched a major search-and- rescue operation that culminated in Aldridge’s rescue late that afternoon. Aldridge’s story of survival was the subject of a cover article in The New York Times Magazine and is also told in the May 2017 book, “A Speck in the Sea” (Weinstein Books), a book he co-authored with Anthony Sosinski.

How often do you fly? 3-4x year.

How many countries have you been to? 4

How many continents have you been to? 3

Earliest travel memory: Going to Jamaica at 18 with my friend Timmy, drinking Dirty Bananas and watching the local kids play soccer on the beautiful beach.

Favorite American city: NYC.

Favorite international city: Rome.

I have no desire to go to: India.

Friendliest people in the world: Deer Isle, ME.

Favorite airline: Million-Air.

Favorite aircraft type: Private.

Aisle or window: Window.

Favorite airport lounge: Wherever they serve Budweiser.

Favorite island: Shelter Island.

Favorite beach: The one next to my house.

Favorite National Park: Yosemite National Park.

Favorite fancy restaurant: Almond, Bridgehampton.

Favorite hole-in-the-wall: The Dock.

Favorite bar: Liars Saloon.

Favorite fruit: Mangoes—‘cause they’re always in season.

Favorite food: Pizza.

Least favorite food: Green beans.

Drink of choice (in the air and on the ground): B-U-D-W-E-I-S-E-R.

Favorite travel movie(s): Planes, Trains & Automobiles.

Favorite travel show(s): F@#K That’s Delicious, VICE TV.

Right now I am reading: “Adrift,” Steven Callahan.

5 things you bring on a plane: Water, snacks, phone, earbuds & neck pillow.

What do you always seem to forget? Neck pillow.

What do you like least about travel? Waiting on lines.

What do you want your loved one to buy you from an airport Duty Free store? My book, “A Speck in the Sea.”

Favorite travel app(s): Google Maps.

Most embarrassing travel moment: Getting detained in Italy.

I’m embarrassed I haven’t been to: Washington, D.C.

Worst travel moment: Sitting next to a smelly old man on my way to Lake Tahoe.

What’s your dream destination? Great Barrier Reef, Australia.

Best travel tip: Always be aware of your surroundings.


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