Michael Robinson

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Michael Robinson
Michael Robinson

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Michael Robinson

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Michael Robinson

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Residing In Riverton, UT USA
Spouse/Partner Carol
Homepage www.broncojockeybooks.com
Occupation entrepreneur/writer/novelist/poet/performer
Children Tanya Wadley, born 1969. She and her husband Eric have four children. Tanya has been successful with More…her own internet based business.
Tracey Parks, born 1970 She and her husband Kevin have five children. Tracey ran her own children's dance school in N. Carolina and has taught Spanish and history at Rogue Community College in Medford, Oregon.
Michael Robinson, Jr., born 1971. He and his wife Rachel have three boys. Michael is an entrepreneur and has been highly successful in real estate and his current solar energy company.
Emily Junium, born 1975. She and her husband Warren III have two girls. Emily was a manager for Quest before having children.
Christian Robinson, born 1979, has neither a wife nor any known children. He is a seasoned, successful film maker in the L.A area and has produced and directed a variety of films for satellite and cable stations.
Military Service Army, First Lieutenant, Infantry  
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I've been extremely fortunate. All my children have been very successful and totally self-sufficient. Even better, I both love and like them all. None are the same, each has a very distinctively different personality, and each has a different set of talents and interests. I can also view my grandchildren, all 15 of them, with enthusiasm. They are gifted achievers without exception, and it's fun to see, in them, glimpses of myself at an earlier age.

School Story

My father died in the fall of '63, so my early days at East were clouded by a pervasive sadness over that loss. I think I attempted to bury the pain in my extra-curricular and social activities, something which did, in fact, help to buoy my spirits. I don't believe I ever missed a game and I'm sure I was one of East's loudest cheerers. Despite my gregarious nature, I never really fit into any of the well-defined cliques, but there was probably no classmate I didn't greet with a smile and a "hello."
When I look at the pictures of my classmates, I realize that I only knew a few of them well. It is not the details of each person that are at the forefront of my memory. Instead, it is the sense of just whom was a kind and gentle human being, and there were more than a few. Similarly, it is the feelings about each teacher, rather than the details, that persist through time. I remember those who possessed a rare warmth and humanity, and particularly Mr. Sperry, from whom I took Physiology.
Yet there is one teacher who stands out above them all. Perhaps it is because music is in a different realm than other high school subjects. I found myself filled with a sense of joy every time I attended Boy's Glee and Junior Choir, and I was thrilled to be chosen for the 1965 A'Capella, though my detour to New Jersey deprived me of that experience. Miss Lorraine Bowman didn't just inspire me. Music was an essential that was very much at the core of our school. I believe Miss Bowman left her mark on the hearts of everyone at East, and I will always remember her as an ambassador of inspiration and love.
After high school I started at the UofU, but my education was interrupted by a stint in the Army. I was commissioned a second lieutenant in March, 1967, served as a training officer and XO at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO, and was Asst. Public Information Officer for Fitzsimmons Army Hospital in Denver.
I received both my undergraduate and graduate education in journalism at the U, was inducted into Kappa Tau Alpha, the honorary journalism society, worked as a news broadcaster and advertising copywriter, and later started my own medical devices company, Cardiomed, Inc., from which I retired, at age 50 in 1997. Among my official responsibilities at Cardiomed, Inc., was "company pilot"--logging over 5,000 hours in a variety of aircraft and flying to destinations as far away as Nova Scotia. I received Learjet "D" series training after my retirement, and both ferried and sold aircraft for ProAir Services.
I was married young, put a total of eight children through college and braces, and spent about ten years traveling to a total of 68 countries. My travels have given me an appreciation of both the simplicity and complexity of our world, and of both the value and insignificance of each individual.
As a "retiree" I started a second career in writing, winning top honors four years in the National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo, and performing both my music and poetry in as many as 282 shows per year. I was chosen seven times for the Utah Arts Council's "Utah Performing Arts Tour," and have played to audiences as far away as Calgary, Alberta. I have created about 500 songs and poems, short stories, and two works of historical fiction. The first of them, "Carnivorous Sheep", is now available on Kindle, IBook, and other electronic formats. The second novel, "The Darling of Deseret Wells," will be released later this year. I also have a book of poetry that will be published in late 2016.
Though I graduated from high school in New Jersey, I have a special place in my heart for EHS. It's my school.

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Nov 08, 2018 at 7:21 AM

Irene, you were one of the bright spots during my two years at East. I hope your birthday is a happy one for you, Gary, and your family. And, of course, wishing you many, many more. Michael

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Have a happy one!

Oct 16, 2018 at 1:45 PM

Have a happy one!

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As the product of multiple religions and ethnicity, I'd like to honor the tradition of the Jewish holiday Rosh Hashanah. It is a day of hope for a happy and sweet year, but, even more important, it is a time for introspection and repentance--a time to right one's wrongs, make amends, and make commitments for needed change. The chullah, apples, honey, pomegranates, and blowing of the ramshorn are all part of the celebration, but, most of all, Rosh Hashanah is about the penitence and repentance that every human being needs. Happy Rosh Hashana.

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Posted on: May 28, 2018 at 10:07 AM

I wrote this as a newspaper editorial, but I'm providing it here as an open letter to all my friends....



Shooting the Watchdog

by Michael Robinson


Utahns should be shaking in their boots. Instead they are forcing their heads deeper into the sand.
Lulled by the illusion that their President is a flag-bearer for the Christian Right, they seem to have an unalterable penchant to avoid Trump’s bad behavior, irrationality, and disregard for the law, hoping that the ongoing nightmare will surely end.
That mindset may well reflect Utah’s powerful religious teachings, which make it, virtually, a sin to question leadership. Though all religions teach blind faith, Mormonism has been one of the most effective at suppression of individual thought, even excommunicating its academics and historians for well-researched dissent. Consequently, Utahns are largely swept along by the currents of the dominant group. A recent poll revealed that 61% of Utah still supports Trump. Incredible. It’s time for Utahns to open their eyes.
There has been no time, during the history of our country when its most precious institutions were in greater danger. While waiting with bated breath for a productive Mueller probe, the election interference by Russia is just one issue of many. Certainly, any verified collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign would constitute a treasonable act. Unfortunately that year-long investigation has also become a major distraction from other critical issues. The reality is that Trump’s actions strike at the very core of our democracy.
For me, a trained journalist, there is one threat to democracy I fear most. It is Trump’s ongoing muzzling of the press and his blatant blockade of reliable information.
Utahns, along with the 35% of other Americans, may rationalize that Trump’s bull-in-the-china-shop leadership is harmless--as long as he doesn’t start pushing buttons. While terrorists strike fear into our hearts, the most serious threats to our nation’s security come from within. Trump has shown a frightening disrespect of the law and for the constitutional provisions which were designed to safeguard our freedoms. Among them is the Constitution’s guarantee of a free and unrestrained press.
Not surprisingly, all dictators in modern times have employed two important measures, and Trump, being a keen observer of history (joke), has been no exception: While George Washington is squirming in his grave, our President is becoming crude-but-adept at his use of propaganda and censorship. Recently he has begun to exclude legitimate news sources—including the AP and CNN--from observing the workings of government, while creating an endless stream of the same type of “fake news” he so vocally condemns. While many Utahns have grasped Trumps egregious hypocrisies, a surprising number have been duped by Trump’s constant stream of lies and his unceasing attacks on his detractors.
The constitutional guarantee of a free press is one of our most cherished possessions--and one of our gravest concerns. That freedom was the first one to fall in Hitler’s Third Reich, Stalin’s “reign of terror,” and, more recently, the regimes of Saddam Hussein, Putin and Kim Jong-un. These ruthless tyrants have squelched truth, keeping the populace immersed in a sea of propaganda. But, dictators cannot hope to keep their power if the press isn’t under their control.
There seems to be only one factor that threatens Trump’s brassy bravado—one single thing that really scares him: President Trump fears nothing more than the truth. The plentiful supply of unsavory disclosures about him—one repugnant revelation after another—has given him a reason to attack all credible news sources. While Trump’s assault on the press has intensified over time, it is certainly nothing new.
His anti-press railing began long before he was elected President. Early in his campaign he coined a new moniker for any reports that held him in a dim light: “Fake news.” During that period Trump did everything possible to destroy the credibility of the press and limit its right to publish the truth. He threatened newspapers and TV journalists for reporting his misbehavior, and advocated that press credentials should be revoked for those who opposed him. This, of course, should have been no surprise to those who knew the man for what he is. It seems there’s a consensus among mental healthcare professionals: “a toxic narcissist with a “borderline” personality disorder.” Some have dared call him a sociopath. He is definitely a con-man.
Typical of people with his type of character defect, Trump considers all critics to be his enemies. That’s tragic. To the normal person, criticism spawns self-discovery; self discovery leads to personal introspection; introspection helps to create a better human being. Were Trump capable of using criticism constructively, he might have actually been able to rise above his faults. Now we see; that simply won’t happen.
Despite outcries, Trump seems more committed than ever to restrain and muzzle the press. He listens only to those who applaud him and vilifies those who dare to question his wisdom. His endless chain of hire-then-fire missteps should be an unmistakable clue about what he’s up to. Anyone competent—someone who dares to counsel the President on an issue--is quickly fired. Only the “Mini-Me”s will remain. Similarly, journalists who accurately report his nonsensical, unpredictable behavior will be met with denial, insult, and a flurry of accusations; the yes-men will be retained until their usefulness is spent.
Any Utahn who stands for a cleaner environment, protection of national archeological treasures, quality public education, enforcement of laws against monopolies, proper oversight and regulation of financial institutions, and affordable healthcare is no friend of Trump. Furthermore he has packed the federal courts with judges who have little interest in protecting the rights of the common citizen, pandering, instead, only to the richest.
Many Utahns may applaud Trump for his blurring of the boundary between religion and government. They may rally about his decision to de-fund Planned Parenthood too. While the rah-rah-rah rises to a deafening din, it serves only to smoke-screen Trump’s insidious attack on our constitutional freedoms. His proclamation of his own Christianity is merely a hollow masquerade, and the Christian Right, he supposedly represents, is neither Christian nor right.
Will Trump deliver his promise of “draining the swamp?” Utah, of course, has no swamps, so this concept may be a bit obscure. Here, I’ll help you visualize it: Murky water, full of decaying plants and animals, parasitic organisms hanging overhead, scary ravenous creatures lurking, unseen, beneath the surface, and slime—lots of slime.
Sure. Spun by a clever, Trump-controlled press, this is how he’ll drain it: 1) hire more snakes and crocodiles—ones committed to Trump’s self-serving agenda 2) spray lilac room deodorant throughout the foul air, 3) weight the bodies of those who have succumbed, to make sure the evidence doesn’t surface, and 4) strategically place “Lifeguard on Duty” signs for a largely-clueless population that desperately wants to believe America’s great leader is actually on the same team.
Very much an echo of the most ruthless demagogues of our world, Trump is systematically destroying the institutions that have ensured democracy’s survival. I was taught that a free press is the “watchdog of society,” but, with gun-in-hand, Trump seeks to kill that great safeguard of our political system.
Attributed to Joseph Smith, Mormonism’s first prophet, the White Horse Prophecy was quoted, in part, by a long series of Church leaders. Its substance was that “the Constitution of the United States would hang “by a thread” and that it would be the Mormon Elders who would save it from “utter destruction.” Well, Utahns, Joseph Smith seems to have been right about the Constitution being in trouble, but it can only be saved one vote at a time.
Utahns and all Americans, should be screaming about Trump’s relentless assault on the press. For Trump, we should allow no more benefit of the doubt. He is a threat to America and is trampling its constitutional safeguards. We, as voters, need to end his moves toward dictatorial rule. Just remember, it has happened before to a variety of democratic governments. Without decisive action by voters, our great country can slip, with stunning rapidity, from the illusion of a democracy into an autocratic state.



Michael Robinson, now a retired business owner, was an Army Asst. Information Officer during the Vietnam War, wrote a column for his university’s newspaper, and is a published novelist and poet. He lives in Utah with his wife Carol and one mongrel dog.

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Posted on: May 06, 2018 at 9:30 AM

My Sunday S. L. Tribune editorial. A different take on our mid-east alliances....
https://www.sltrib.com/opinion/commentary/2018/05/05/commentary-we-are-partnered-with-the-wrong-side-in-the-middle-east/

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Posted on: May 06, 2018 at 8:49 AM

For a fresh take on an old subject, take a look at my editorial run today in the Salt Lake Tribune: https://www.sltrib.com/opinion/commentary/2018/05/05/commentary-we-are-partnered-with-the-wrong-side-in-the-middle-east/

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Posted on: Apr 26, 2018 at 1:22 PM

Glad you're enjoying it; it is a dismal day for me, beginning with the birds, coughing outside my window--seems there's an epidemic of lung cancer in my neighborhood's avian friends. The persistent bad air of winter is doing them all in, and I just received an obituary on yet another. Not surprisingly, it wasn't posted on FaceBook--only Tweeted. Sad.

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Jan 11, 2018 at 9:21 AM

...happy birthday (and keep those jokes coming!)

Jan 11, 2018 at 9:20 AM

Have a very happy birthday!

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Posted on: Sep 04, 2017 at 9:20 AM

Since you have become, in effect, the father of us all--fearless leader and perpetual website cheerleader, you definitely deserve a happy birthday wish. Have a great one!

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Valparaiso, Chile
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lovely scene in the southern Andes
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One of many glaciers in Patagonia
Posted: Feb 23, 2017 at 1:39 PM
Getting lots of sun and enjoying my fifth trip to South America. I have been to all major regions of the world, except Antarctica, and I don't think there's a more beautiful place in the world than the southern tip of the continent. I highly recommend this for everyone's bucket list.
Posted: Feb 23, 2017 at 1:43 PM
A fabulous mountain and glacier...scenes like this are everywhere in this land of water, ice, and fire. This shot was taken on one of the Chilean Fiords. And the hair on my face--just evidence that mutations are for real, and that our bodies will adapt to the colder temperatures!
Posted: Feb 23, 2017 at 1:46 PM
The Osorno Volcano is one of many in the Lake Region of Chile.There's a chair lift at a ski resort that can take you close to the glacier that crowns it, but I hiked it instead. Last time I toured the area by car, but this time we went most places by air.
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The Perito Moreno Glacier, near El Calafate, Argentina, is thought to be the only actively growing glacier in the world. While the others are slowly retreating, this one does an impressive job for tourists--the calving of icebergs is quite regular during the warmer seasons, and there's a pretty good chance of hearing the thundering cracking as the spires fall into the water.
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