Like the Freaks, Alberto has secret powers of his own. The specific details must—
for now, at least—remain under wraps. But Alberto’s history gives tantalizing clues
about what his powers might be. Originally from Caracas, Venezuela, Alberto was born to a
French-Moroccan father and a Spanish mother. He spent his teen years as an over-achieving
high school student on Long Island, graduating as valedictorian of his senior class. Then he somehow
managed to graduate magna cum laude from Harvard University—despite the fact that he
spent four frustrating years in a futile quest for the secret key.
When he read in the Harvard alumni journal about the ceremony honoring Shree and her fellow Freaks, Alberto was driven to contact them. He simply had to learn everything he could about their adventures. They were reluctant to talk to him at first. In fact, he had to spend a fortune on Pepsi and pizza at Pinocchio’s before they would open up to him. And even then it was only because of his connection to Harvard—and the fact that he agreed to teach Dave how to surf–that they finally decided to trust him to share their story with the world.
After he left Harvard the first time, and before he returned to pry the story of their powers out of the Freaks, Alberto led a not-uninteresting life of his own. He spent a year working and traveling in North Africa, Europe and the Middle East before returning to the United States to attend medical school and residency in New York City. His first job was as an E.R. doctor in the Bronx, a few blocks away from where Shree Mandvi used to live.
But as soon as he read that article in the alumni journal, he rushed back to Cambridge to track down the Freaks. He then quit his job, moved to Sydney, Australia, and spent the next year writing—when he wasn’t surfing in Bondi Beach, that is, or scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef. The result of his labors is The League of Freaks and the Secret Key, available for the mystification, edification, wonder, and enjoyment of readers everywhere.
Alberto now spends a lot of time in airports as he shuttles back and forth between Cambridge and Las Vegas, Nevada, where he earns his keep as an emergency physician. Whenever he can, however, he returns to Harvard so he can interview Shree and the Freaks about their further adventures. In fact, he is currently busy penning the sequel: The League of Freaks and the Guardian of Fate. He never misses a chance, however, to go scuba diving in the Charles River alongside Ralph—in whale form, of course.