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Rear Admiral Albert (Al) Calavicci

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Appears in the past to Dr. Sam Beckett as a hologram that only Dr. Beckett can see and hear.

Since he can only appear as a hologram he cannot do anything to physically aid Dr. Beckett in the past.

Albert Calavicci was born June 15, 1934. His father, who worked in construction, was of Italian descent and his mother was of Russian heritage. Al had a younger sister named Trudy who had Downs syndrome. During his childhood, Al's mother left the family and married another man. His father tried to keep the family together, but when his work required him to move to the Middle East, he was forced to put Al into an orphanage and Trudy into a mental institution, which was common practice for the mentally retarded in the 1940s.

A few years later, Al's father returned from the Middle East and the family was reunited until Al's father developed a serious case of cancer. After the death of their father, Al and Trudy were once again sent to the orphanage and the institution. Al was a troubled, but by no means dangerous youth. To keep himself out of trouble, he explored many hobbies, including acting and boxing. At one point, Al ran away from the orphanage and lived on the road with a pool shark, but after his mentor and friend was arrested, Al was returned to the orphanage. When Al was nineteen, he went to the mental instutution so he could be reunited with his sister, but discovered that she had contracted pneumonia and died, likely due to the institution's negligence.

As a young man, Al joined the United States Navy and became a pilot. It was there that he met a Naval trauma nurse named Beth. Al and Beth were married, though due to various duty assignments, Al and Beth spent little time together. It was during these years that Al would be involved in the Apollo Program and was a member of the command crew of Apollo 8. In the late 1960s, Al began a series of tours in Vietnam. The distance between him and Beth started to put a strain on his marriage. In early 1969, Al was captured by the Việt Cộng and would be a prisoner of war until 1973. By the time of his release, the Navy had declared Al as MIA and probably KIA; after a period of mourning, Beth re-married.

In the years that followed, Al would rise through the Naval ranks, eventually becoming a Rear Admiral. Over the years, he would marry four more times, each marriage ending in divorce, as he sought to fill the gap left behind by his first love, Beth. As his personal life started deteriorating, Al started to abuse alcohol. While working on the Starbright Project, Al first met Dr. Samuel Beckett when, in a drunken rage, Al was beating up a vending machine. The two became fast friends and Sam started to help Al turn his life around.

After the Starbright Project, Sam and Al worked together on Project Quantum Leap, a time travel experiment based on Sam's own theories about time and space. When Sam prematurely activated his time machine and was propelled into the past, it was Al's duty to remain in contact with him through holographic projections tuned into their brainwaves.

Over the next few years, Al worked with Sam, providing him with information from their historical database and lending Sam advice and moral support. During Sam's journey, Al tried to get Sam to change the fate of his marriage to Beth, but to no avail. At one point, Al and Sam's positions were switched and Al leaped back in time to 1945. During this mission, Al was injured and propelled into imminent danger, but Sam saved him by exchanging places with him again.

Though separated by decades, Sam and Al continued to work closely together until the people at Project Quantum Leap lost contact with Sam. In the end, Sam emparted to Al's first wife that her MIA husband was alive and would someday return home. This event changed Al's past as he and Beth would remain together and have four daughters.

Created by Donald P. Bellisario for the television series "Quantum Leap" in 1989.

First Appearance: Quantum Leap (1991) #1

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Quantum Leap (1991)
Quantum Leap Time and Space Special (1993)

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