Coverboy: Rich

Rhode Island-Raised

Photography by Julian Vankim
Published on August 11, 2013, 8:20am | Comments

If you like a Coverboy who's physically active and has a green thumb, not to mention a compelling life story, 30-year-old Rich is the one for you. Born and raised in North Providence, R.I., Rich initially followed his passion for meteorology, something that he continues to be interested in to this day. ''Most guys have their favorite actor, musician or sports hero,'' he says. ''My idol was the local weatherman.'' He eventually switched his career path, working in a senator's Capitol Hill office for four-and-a-half years before becoming the communications manager at the Hemophilia Federation of America. A hemophiliac himself, Rich spent a year-and-a-half in a wheelchair and was told he'd never walk again. Now, he's an avid jogger who's run marathons. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking and tending to his container garden.

What's on your nightstand?
A picture of my family, rosary beads, and ChapStik.

Coverboy: Rich

Coverboy: Rich

(Photo by Julian Vankim)

What's in your nightstand drawer?
A journal, an array of pictures and The Golden Girls Season 5 box set.

Where do you keep the condoms and lube?

What are your television favorites?
Grey's Anatomy, Glee, House of Cards, and anything T.G.I.F. – old-school stuff like Family Matters.

What was your favorite cartoon when you were a kid?
Scooby-Doo. I always related to him on a philosophical level, because I'm laid-back, I go with the flow, and I'm a little goofy, but I'll always make you laugh. I even slept with a 4-foot Scooby-Doo in college.

So what happened to the 4-foot Scooby-Doo?
I brought him home after college. My mom had an intervention with me and told me it was time to give him up.

Who's your greatest influence?
My parents, because they taught me to never take ''no'' for an answer.

Are you a go-getter?
I am. You can put anything in front of me, and I won't say no. My first full marathon, I pushed myself so hard that I actually ended up in the hospital.

Coverboy: Rich

Coverboy: Rich

(Photo by Julian Vankim)

What's your greatest fear?
As an ice-cream addict, I fear there will be no more ''free cone days'' at Ben & Jerry's.

Pick three people, living or dead, who you think would make the most fascinating dinner guests imaginable.
A pinch of Mother Teresa, a splash of Wanda Sykes and a dash of JFK.

What would you serve?
Traditional Italian fare, from one of my grandmother's recipes. Definitely some homemade pasta with gravy – it's not sauce, it's gravy. I'd probably serve cannoli, too.

Define good in bed.
Firm on the back, soft when it needs to be and all night long. Oh, wait, I thought we were talking about my therapeutic mattress.

Who should star in a movie about your life?
Ellen DeGeneres. She's very qualified to dance like me.

Who was your first celebrity crush?
Mark-Paul Gosselaar. He was – and still is – a dreamboat.

Who gets on your nerves?
Anyone who has a weak handshake.

If your home was burning, what's the first thing you'd grab while leaving?
My gratitude journal. I write down every day five things I'm grateful for or that challenge me.

What's your biggest turn-on?
Hillary Clinton, in a pantsuit, with a bowl of Ben & Jerry's vanilla ice cream.

Coverboy: Rich

Coverboy: Rich

(Photo by Julian Vankim)

What's your biggest turn-off?
Rush Limbaugh, in Hillary Clinton's pantsuit, with an empty bowl.

What's something you've always wanted to do but haven't yet tried?
Taken a road trip cross-country.

What's something you've tried that you never want to do again?
Propose to a girl. I was engaged for six months. Clearly, that didn't work out.

What's your favorite website? I'm a weather nerd.

What position do you play in the big baseball game of life?
The receiver. That's a term in baseball, right?

What's your favorite retail store? I don't always buy, but I love to look at the site.

What's the most you'll spend on a haircut?
$21, including tip. I will still only get my hair cut in Rhode Island, if I can help it. I still go to the same barber, Mickey.

What about on shoes?
Right now, I'm limiting myself to $70, because I'm looking to buy a house next year.

Coverboy: Rich

Coverboy: Rich

(Photo by Julian Vankim)

What's your favorite food to splurge with?
Ben & Jerry's vanilla with two scoops of Jif chunky peanut butter.

What's your favorite season?
Fall. There's nothing like opening the windows on a cool, crisp night and snuggling into a comforter cocoon.

What kind of animal would you be?
A llama. They're intelligent, they're gentle, and you'd get to spit and not get in trouble.

What kind of plant would you be?
Bamboo. It bends, but doesn't break.

What kind of car would you be?
A Lamborghini. Because it's Italian, fast and has character.

What are you most grateful for?
My health. Despite how I look right now, my body has been through a lot, and I will never take it for granted.

What's something you want more of?
Mi famiglia. I'm Italian. That's how we roll. If someone's in trouble, the entire extended family will come running to your side.

State your life philosophy in 10 words or less.
Comparing yourself to others makes you lose who you are.

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