who is captain xtreme?


My name is Al Magdaleno. In 1954 at the age of 1 Ĺ years old I was afflicted with polio, needless to say that the first part of my life was filled with many surgeries, doctors and hospitals. I grew up with insecurities and depression. I had no self esteem, no ambitions or direction for my life, I had nothing. I went to public school where they continued to pass me to the next grade level even though I had not learned anything. I graduated from high school in 1971 and began working at an auto paint shop for minimum wage, for the next 10 years I wondered aimlessly from one dead end job to another. I became a chronic marijuana smoker and drunk and faced the consequences this lifestyle brings. I was living in my car when one morning I got up and felt a sharp pain in my lower back, after a couple of weeks with this pain becoming worse, I realized that I was going to have to return to the hospital. After several tests, it was determined that I had a couple of disks in my spine that were out of place, surgery to fuse my lower spine was scheduled. I have had many surgeries in my life but this was the most painful and frightening surgery I have ever experienced. One week after the surgery, as I laid in my hospital room, the doctor examined me and found that my surgery was severely infected, the doctor advised me that the surgery was going to have be repeated. After everyone left the room, I began to weep just thinking about the pain I was going to have to experience again. The next morning I was awakened by the nurse and told that I would be going in for the surgery as soon as the doctors were ready. As I laid in bed I had what could only be described as a spiritual experience, (one day Iíll tell you about it). I didnít understand the experience and wondered about it as they rolled my gurney down the hall to the operating room. After the surgery, I woke up in the intensive care unit, my uncle came in and began to speak to me about the Lord, right then and there, I realized that what I had experienced earlier in my hospital room was the Lord inviting me to serve Him. The Lord, being so great and magnificent, wanted me to serve Him. I was nothing, I had nothing, but the Lord was inviting me to serve Him. As this realization hit me, I was so overwhelmed with joy that I began to weep uncontrollably. I left the hospital six weeks later a totally changed man; I left my old lifestyle there at Rancho Los Amigos Hospital in Downey, CA. All of the chains of sin that had me bound were broken and I walked out of that hospital a free man, and I owe it all to Him who died on the cross for me. The Lord revealed Himself to me in such a beautiful way, that it created in me, a hunger to know Him. I was suddenly hungry to know the Bible, what does it say? How does work? Shortly after leaving the hospital, I made my way to the National Apostolic Bible College in San Jose, CA. While on the plane, I told myself, ďAl, you are going to study like you have never studied before in all your life.Ē After three months at the bible college I was looking at exams that I had taken and saw all Aís. In all of my life I never got an A on anything, that day I realized that I was not a dummy, as I had always been called, but that I could achieve anything I wanted. That day, I fell in love with school, teachers and final exams, and so, the making of a humble, superhero begins.