11 Questions with Orlando Magic Super Fan Dennis "The Fat Guy" Salvagio in Orlando, FL

You can’t deny people are awesome. Who doesn’t like sitting down with good friends to ask them interesting, insightful, and funny questions? That’s what 11 Questions is for. I’ll be featuring some friends I look up to as well as people within the community I’ve always wanted to get to know. Let’s get started!

I'm not going to lie. When Dennis agreed to be featured on 11 Questions I was ecstatic. Let me correct myself. I wasn't ecstatic. I was giddy. For those of you who don't know Dennis is an Orlando celebrity to us basketball loving types. He's an Orlando Magic Super Fan. A season ticket holder since the beginning. When I went to Magic games as a kid I remember watching him go crazy in the stands. He would wave his shirt around, yell and scream, and make fun of the refs. When the crowd needed a pick-me-up at a crucial moment it wasn't unusual to see Dennis running around the stadium shirtless. Though his day job is as a defense attorney I still see Dennis as The Fat Guy, a defining character from my childhood. It was a pleasure to get to know him. Next time you're at a Magic Game keep an eye out for him. His craziness won't be hard to spot.

Who do you look up to?

I look up to people who are generous and do not brag about their giving. I also look up to Pope Francis.

Do you have a favorite book or album?

I love reading but don't have the chance to do it as often as I would like to do so. I don't really have a favorite book but I love to read non-fiction. I read "Sea biscuit" in two days. I couldn't put in down. I have also read Kon Tiki, which I thoroughly enjoyed and the Right Stuff, which is another book I couldn't put down.

Favorite place to eat in Orlando?

There are a lot of great places to eat in Orlando--I love the way they treat me and my guests at Kres (Chicken) on Church Street and Stefano's Tratoria (chicken lasagna) in Winter Springs. Thai Basil (Chicken Satay) is one of my favorites as well.

If you could mate two different species of animals what would they be?

I would mate an elephant and a gazelle. That way the resultant animal could eat all it wanted and run as fast as it can if needed.


What gives you inspiration?

I am inspired by great effort. I love to win and I am willing to put the greatest effort in everything I do.

If you had a chance to live in a different decade, what decade would you choose?

That's tough. I like the decade within which I am presently living. Flushing toilets, sewer systems and other ways to stay clean are better today than in any other decade.

What in your personal life has influenced you to choose your career?

I always wanted to be a criminal defense lawyer. I would hate to be a government lawyer and prosecute people. There is great pleasure I receive every time I win a trial. I love the idea of helping the little man. It's that thing against authority I still have.


How do you balance your personal and professional life?

I haven't figured out how to do that! However, I totally separate the two, but when people need me, I always respond.  I go on vacations to diverse and remote places. That is how I can separate my business from my love of photography and travel.

Is there anything you haven't done yet that you feel compelled to achieve in the future?

I constantly ask that question of myself every day. I want to look at myself and hope that I have made a difference in the world. If it means helping one person at a time and making a positive difference in one person's life or if it means impacting the planet in some meaningful way. I try to live up to all the expectations I have of myself with respect to my fellow man.

What are your other interests?

I love to travel to exotic places. I have been on every continent, to over 60 countries and my wife and I have set foot in every time zone. I have crossed the Equator, setting one foot on either side and have done the same thing at the prime meridian. I love photography. I will always have a camera with me and I love to write.

What rejuvenates you?

C'mon! Doesn't that rejuvenate everybody?