Graduate in electrical engineering, University Center Venezuela, Caracas, 1979. Postgraduate in advanced management, Institute Higher Administration Study, Caracas, 1986. Postgraduate in business, Harvard University, 1989.
Getting drafted for Vietnam changed his pro-war attitudes. As the war wound down, he spent four years in the Air Force, stationed outside of Los Angeles. Rodriguez then moved to Virginia, enrolled in George Mason University and became involved in the anti-nuclear movement, the beginning of a career as an activist.
He worked on the 1984 campaigns of Alan Cranston, Gary Hart and Walter Mondale. He did press advance for Joan Mondale. Rodriguez went on to become associate director of the political action committee of the Nuclear Weapons Freeze Campaign.
He then joined the 1986 Great Peace March, traveling on the road and working in the Washington D.C. office. While continuing to organize protests and rallies, in the late 1980s he started selling T-shirts and buttons at street fairs, music concerts and political rallies, using many of his own designs. During the early 1990s he opened his Politically Correct Clothing store at three locations in Washington, DC. News stories about his efforts, accompanied by photographs, have run in the Washington Post and the Dallas Morning News.
From 1991 to 1993 Rodriguez hosted the Politically Correct Cooking show on Fairfax Public Access cable TV channel Ten.
Fellow Institute Estudios Superiores Administracion. Member American Society for Industrial Security, Valle Arnba Golf Club.
Married Olga Zambrano, March 27, l982. Children: Jose, Carlos.