Michael Robinson

Profile Updated: May 6, 2018
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  

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

My Sunday S. L. Tribune editorial. A different take on our mid-east alliances....

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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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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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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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I do hope your birthday is a very happy one and that you and yours are all doing well. Michael

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Posted on: May 28, 2017 at 9:13 AM

I'm just going to say "Happy Birthday" right now...otherwise, I'll forget. ...hope it's a good one and that you and yours are all doing well. Michael

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It was a cold and stormy night. (No, no, this isn't the one about the robbers in the cave) Two friends were flying back back to Salt Lake City in a twin-engine Beechcraft. It really was a "cold and stormy night" but, above the weather, at 15,000 feet, the air was smooth, and the plane's cabin was a comfortable seventy degrees. (Well, children, that's the way the story began, but the photo above is how it ended.) After losing power on both engines, due to carburetor icing, Steve Affleck and I descended into, what seemed to be, our final moments of life.
We quietly anticipated the sadness of our two fatherless families, expressed our friendship, and said our goodbyes. As the resolute pilot, I did what I could to allow, at least, a slim chance for survival. It was a principle that had been drummed into me by a series of flight instructors who had gotten me my pilot's license and advanced ratings. "When everything goes to hell," they had emphasized, "and you can't fix it, do the thing you can: Fly the airplane."
Instead of dying, Steve and I have enjoyed another thirty-four years of living. If outcomes are largely determined by random events, chance had certainly stacked everything right that night. The Beechcraft narrowly missed rocky slopes on either side and large pinion pines that sat dead-ahead. We emerged from the clouds only a few feet above the ground and landed in a tiny mountain meadow where huge sagebrush arrested our travel in only 300 feet.
Steve and I shared that experience. Neither of us would ever want to relive it, nor would we want to give up its memory and the lessons we learned that night. Looking back, I find the whole thing surreal--the sentiments we expressed, the sense of peace we felt, and the dignity we kept in those truly horrifying moments of May 5th, 1983.

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If you enjoy world travel, South America should be on your punch list. When I review the places I've been and ask myself the question, "Where is the most beautiful place in the world?" there are several favorites that come to mind: New Zealand (South Island), Pang Nga Bay in Thailand, Ha Long Bay in Viet Nam, Lake Como and the Amalfi Coast (Italy), the Himalayas, Switzerland's Alps and lakes, Iguazu Falls (on the border of Brazil and Argentina), and the amazing beauty of Patagonia (southern Argentina and Chile). After spending considerable time in over 70 countries during the past twenty years, it is the natural beauty of our world that dominates my travel memories. Carol and I are presently in South America for a month. I have posted photos of my favorite places on my profile for your enjoyment. If you want even more, I'd be happy to share my Shutterfly photo albums with you. Enjoy!

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Valparaiso, Chile
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Valparaiso, Chile
Posted: Feb 23, 2017 at 1:36 PM
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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Michael Robinson

another original....give y' something to think about...
Posted: Jun 09, 2015 at 2:44 PM

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Nope...this one's not original
Posted: Jun 09, 2015 at 2:45 PM

Michael Robinson

They say puns are the lowest form of humor...