The quest to become Indiana Jones started during
a Showtime broadcast of “Raiders of the Lost Ark” in 1982. The next
day, Michael was equipped with a binoculars case, a jump rope and
a Members Only jacket, fighting imaginary Nazis out of the bed of
his father's parked pickup truck.
Michael didn't see “Temple of Doom” in the summer of 1984. His
parents said, “Too scary.” That didn't abate his interest in Indiana
Jones. In 1989, a few weeks before the release of “Last Crusade,”
Michael's mother gave him his first Indiana Jones hat and it never
left his head. At 14, his grandfather gave him his first bullwhip
and taught him to use it. Thanks to Indiana Jones, they found common
In 1998, Michael found IndyGear.com and quickly got involved with
the online Indy community as “IndyFrench.” By 2001, he was in Los
Angeles and connected with many of the IndyGear staff members and
started writing Indiana Jones articles on the Internet.
Michael's journey to find Dr. Jones' threads came full circle in
2005 when he was brought into Indygear as a moderator for Club Obi
Wan, but he had a few bridges to cut until 2008, when he was able
to take up permanent residency as a staff writer at IndyGear, his
He eventually did see “Temple of Doom” by the way...in 1994.