Born in 1918, Ambrose Murtagh was inflicted with polio in his right shoulder when he was 18 months old. As a youth, through exercise and perseverance, he regained full use of his arm. He spent eight years playing sandlot football, eight years in the ring, six years whitewater canoeing, and five years exploring caves. He has a BA in Marketing and an MBA in Finance from Baruch College. Since retiring at 77, he serves as a business counselor and continues to lead an active and productive life. He lives in New York City.