Born in Charleston into a large family, Mike had a wandering spirit from the very beginning. He ventured to Kentucky after high school, took up scuba diving at an early age, had a strong interest in the sciences, graduated college with a major in Biology and a minor in chemistry. In 1966, after graduating college, and although wanting to continue with school, he decided to look into the Air force. (He expected he would get drafted so wanted to choose his own fate!) At the recruiting office, he told the recruiter he wanted to fly, although he had zero experience or training. He was told he had to take a battery of tests, which he did and never waiver from his mantra "I want to fly". He received a call from the Air Force telling him he needed to fly to Dayton for a flight physical. Mike asked if he passed the tests and apparently he must have. (many pilots had taken the test and didn't pass it!). Thus began Mike's journey! He was sent to Officer Training School and then B-66 fighter training. He was off to Japan and on a night when his squadron gave a party for the incoming DOD teachers, Mike walked in straight off of a flight and met Karen! They are still together after 48 years. So where has he been? Japan, Korea, Phillipines, Hong Kong, Macau, Okinawa, Germany , Spain, Turkey, Egypt, Thailand,  Florida, Las Vegas, California, Georgia and many places in between! After he retired, he spent 20 years with Lockheed in California helping to design the F-22. After retiring from Lockheed, he and Karen settled in Hatboro. Thanks Mike for sharing!