Each month, Coast Monthly visits with some of the most charming people on the Texas Coast to chat about their style.
Even as a child, Mike Magliolo knew he’d become a doctor.
“My dad and three of his brothers were medical doctors; another brother became a dentist,” he said. “So, it was in my DNA.”
He, his father and uncles all graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.
Magliolo, who specialized in obstetrics and gynecology, recently retired after 41 years of practice, and now has more time to devote to his favorite pastime — scuba diving.
“I was inspired by the 1958 television show, ‘Sea Hunt,’ and I’ve been diving ever since,” Magliolo said.
When not diving, Magliolo likes to fish from his pier in San Leon, water ski on Dickinson Bayou and spend time with his wife, children and grandchildren.
“They’re all divers, so it’s great having three generations under the sea with me,” he said.
Magliolo’s fashion style is coastal/casual, he said.
“I wear a lot of Hawaiian shirts, shorts and flip-flops 99 percent of the time.”
Here are a few of his favorite things:
1. Underwater camera: This is my Canon underwater camera for taking still photography. It’s with me every time I dive, and it can be taken 200 feet below the water’s surface.
2. Magazine cover: I made the cover of the San Antonio Express News Magazine in 1992 when they did an article called “Doctors in the Deep.” Our Human Underwater Biology group had just come back from Palau in the South Pacific.
3. Gold medal: This medal in the form of a fish with the caduceus symbol is special to me, and many of the doctors I used to dive with have one.
4. Cap: Our family started this Sick Dog Dive Club, so we all got a hat and T-shirt. Mostly everyone in our family is a diver.
5. Fishing shirt: This is one of my favorite fishing shirts that has my Notre Dame alma mater logo above the pocket.
6. Boat: I keep my Frontier 21 fishing boat docked at the end of our pier. It’s easy access to the bay where I fish for redfish and trout.
7. Pin: “Doctor Fish Save Reefs” pin is something I got from the HUB (Human Underwater Biology) group of doctors I used to dive with.
8. Fishing rod: Custom made for me by my son, Paddy, this rod is special to me, and has the Notre Dame “Go Irish” cheer on the side. The reel is by Shimano.
9. Pocket knife: My dad loved knives and gave this Henckel knife to me when I was a teenager. I lost it once and was heartbroken, but found it 12 years later in my mother-in-law’s sofa while helping her move.