Rudy Fernández was born in Peñasco, a small village near Taos Pueblo where for decades Spanish has been the primary language. He has been best known as ´Froggie´ since he arrived in Santa Fe to look for new opportunities when he was 15 years old. Nowadays, Rudy dedicates his spare time to acting in theatre plays and occasionally in movies, as he says, `it helps him to exercise his memory.´

Rudy can picture a smaller Santa Fe where the plaza was the meeting point for the locals. Today, he is part of the `Caballeros de Vargas´ a collective that preserves the cultural aspects related to the historical figure of Diego de Vargas. He is a proud New Mexican and feels that his roots are found in Spain. He explains in this interview some of the similarities he sees between the New Mexican and Spanish cultures.