The man who inspired the Academy Award winning film 'Argo' visited RIT with his wife, who is also a retired CIA agent.
Antonio Mendez, who served in the CIA for 25 years, was credited with the extraction of hostages in the 1979 Iranian Hostage Crisis.
Mendez recovered the hostages by going undercover as an employee of a Canadian movie production studio and sneaking them out of the country as members of the crew. Mendez said the film is about 90% historically accurate.
"My favorite part of the movie is when the airplane takes off," Mendez said. "That's what we call 'wheel's up'. When there's wheels up, you feel a certain amount of relief. It's kind of a final feeling."
'Argo' was nominated for seven Academy Awards and won three.