Ray's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Canada Team

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    New York, NY

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 3

  • ON DVD:

RAY KELLY

Police Commissioner
NYPD

“A lot of people don't think about what makes them happy or what they want to do. They do it because their father did it; they go to the family business or they go to the family school.”

INTERESTS:

Government Armed Services

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Money & Financial Security Fulfillment Passion

FOUNDATION:

Accomplishing Goals

TAGS:

action, adrenaline, comfort, excitement, happiness, marines, society, vietnam war

BIOGRAPHY:

  • He grew up on the west side of Manhattan, back when it was still a dangerous place.
  • After graduating from college, he joined the NYPD's first police cadet program marketed to college grads.
  • He immediately loved police work-says that the adrenaline rush of responding to a call excites him.
  • All three of his older brothers had joined the Marine Corps, so when he was offered a commission to their officer program, he accepted.
  • Left the NYPD for three years to serve in the Vietnam War, but immediately returned after his active duty was over.
  • From there, he quickly rose through the ranks; he was promoted to captain, and then he was elected commissioner for two terms.
  • Says that everyone he knows who chose a career based on salary is not very happy.
  • Urges road-trippers to think about why they love what they love, and to make sure they're not just following someone else's career path.

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