Michael attended Avondale West Elementary School and after his family made a move to the north side of Topeka, attended Northern Hills Junior High. After graduating from Seaman High School in 1977, Michael joined the Marine Corps. It was here that he became a Crew chief on Ch53 helicopters. Enjoying both the mechanical aspects of the job and flying where ever the helicopter went. From the mountains, deserts and isles of California to the mountains of Korea and waters of Okinawa. At the end of his enlistment in 1981, he got his Airframe and Power plant License, this enabled him to continue his work in the Aviation Field. He worked several years with Air Logistics Helicopters in Texas and eventually started his fixed wing career. Hired by Delta Airlines in 1988 where he has enjoyed a long career as a Line Maintenance Technician, with a five year stint as a Duty Manager which included the time period of Sept. 11th 2001.
Michael continues his career in Line Maintenance in Atlanta, Georgia while his wife Janis continues her career at American Airlines and maintains their house in the Dallas Ft. Worth area. Married for over 25 years Michael and Janis have three daughters, Sara and Rikki both from Janis’s previous marriage and Rashelle who was born in 1985. Michael also has a daughter Kristy who was born in Colorado and resides in California and shares her life with husband Brandon Smith. They have one Grandchild, Jamie, the daughter of Rikki, which they both dote on and enjoy spending as much time as they possibly can with her. Although it’s tougher while she is in school. It has been Michael’s time in Atlanta that he started his writing. He acknowledges his Grandmother Dorothy for prompting him to do so. Needing to occupy his time while away from home he started writing ‘The Wandering Bird’, which is now available and will start the second book to the series in November of 2011.