He was also searching for a way to reconcile his love for beautiful women on inflatable rafts and his religious convictions. One night in a dream, it came to him...he would create inflatable churches!
The second tier of this eruption of creativity was the realization that inflatable churches, when partially blown up, provided the most direct means to a spiritual end!
It was only a matter of time before water-crazy Hollywood got wind of the sensation named Manuel Jose Ramone...and his faith and determination were once again challenged. When Sea Hunt was in pre-production, it was Manuel who became the real life model for the character Mike Nelson.
He also served at the underwater technical director of the original Pink Panther film, at the behest of his brilliant but paranoid next door neighbor, Peter Sellers.
Now bucks up and cruisin' in LA, Manuel dabbled in the thoroughbred game...but the ocean was never far from his heart.
As Manny's fame spread to uncomfortable levels, he left America to find greener pastures. It was in the Sydney, Australia of the 80's that he found inspiration...and a place where he could have breakfast at 5:30 AM and wear speedos at the same time!