Food for Thought

from Successful Meetings, January 2001


Who's earning his bread as a speaker lately? Nando Parrado, survivor of the 1972 Andes plane crash that inspired the book and movie Alive, who stirs audiences as he relates how he and 15 others, all Uruguayan rugby team members, endured 72 days without food or warm clothes in 30-below temperatures. But what comes out of Parrado's mouth can't top what went into it--to avoid starving, he and his teammates were forced to resort to cannibalism. Though he's hardly a household name, Parrado charges thirty thou for his presentations, plus two round-trip, first-class plane tickets from Uruguay. Think it's too pricey? Eat your heart out.