Tom Rutherford

Tom Rutherford


Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

Albuquerque, NM USA

Sometimes life is overwhelming. Doing the next right thing is a good byword.


By Roadtrip Nation

Tom Rutherford


My road in life has been direct.
His father was a politician so he grew up helping him out on campaigns.
One day, while he was reading a bill out loud, someone suggested that he should become a radio broadcaster.
When he was 15, he became a disc jockey; he was working for the local NBC station.
For their fiftieth anniversary of broadcasting, they decided to have a hot air balloon race.
He organized 13 balloons to come to Albuquerque to race; afterwards, he stayed interested in hot air ballooning.
His interest in politics continued; in 1972, he won his campaign for state senate and became the youngest state senator in New Mexico's history.
Throughout all of this time, he was struggling with alcoholism; he hit rock bottom, then sobered up around age 46.
His only regret in life had been that he didn't spend enough time with his family; now gets to lobby with his son, an opportunity he calls "a gift."
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High School
Economics, General
University of New Mexico-Main Campus
University of New Mexico-Main Campus



I organize an annual hot air balloon festival that brings over 500+ hot air balloons to Albuquerque.

Career Roadmap

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Working with Others


Challenges I Overcame

Drugs / Addiction

Interviewed By

Tempe - Albuquerque

Tempe - Albuquerque

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