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Michael Modzelewski grew up in Cleveland, Ohio where his father played professional football with the Browns. He graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, and a minor in Journalism. On assignment with national publications and as a correspondent for Outdoor Life TV, Michael has visited over 30 countries, specializing in the subjects of wildlife and adventure travel. He is a roving correspondent for the national radio show: "The Good Life," reporting on his adventures all over the world. Michael is the author of ANGELES CREST, about ultramarathon running and metaphysics; NORTH THROUGH PARADISE, describing varied adventures in Alaska; and INSIDE PASSAGE: LIVING WITH KILLER WHALES, BALD EAGLES, AND KWAKIUTL INDIANS, based on his experiences living on a wilderness island in the Inside Passage to Alaska.
After living "date-less" on the island, upon returning to civilization, Michael was startled to find he was chosen Cosmopolitan Magazine's "Bachelor of The Month" and AlaskaMen Magazine's centerfold story. After receiving 5,000 letters from women around the world, he married one of the correspondents. Michael's latest book, WILD LIFE, is about his dating experiences.
Michael is an inspiring and entertaining speaker, with his presentations receiving rave reviews and standing ovations from international audiences. He was chosen "Speaker of the Year" by Sharing Ideas Magazine. Michael is a Guest Lecturer on cruise ships and has been featured on many national TV shows, including "A Closer Look with Faith Daniels," Bill Cosby's "You Bet Your Life," "The Dini Petty Show," and has twice been featured on Oprah. His action-packed life was dramatized in the New York City off-Broadway play, LIFEGAME.
When not traveling the world on assignment or researching his books, Michael enjoys exploring his two favorite places in the world: Tracy Arm Fjord in Alaska and the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania, Africa. Michael is a mountain climber, ocean kayaker, and marathon runner -- having completed, to date, 71 races around the world.
Michael's writing has received many awards and accolades, including the following two statements: "Michael Modzelewski is the John Muir of our times. Like Muir, he provides quiet and reverential observance of nature and our own humanity, while interjecting riveting narratives of unanticipated death-defying adventures. His writing is visceral and poetic, alternately humorous and heart-rending, able to sweep the reader seamlessly into his world. I have spent happy hours with his writing." -- Amy Tan, author of THE JOY LUCK CLUB
"Shortly after Bill's grandfather was put in the hospital, I spent several long weeks in ICU with Grandpa fulfilling my promise not to leave him alone. When I ran out of things to reminisce about I began to read INSIDE PASSAGE to him. For over a week the doctors had been telling me that Grandpa was unaware of anything and incapable of any response. He responded to this book. He would open his eyes, sometimes reach over and take my hand and try to smile. I wouldn't trade those hours for anything. Grandpa died less than an hour after I finished reading him INSIDE PASSAGE. I know his last hours were spent sharing a great adventure, not dwelling on the pain or fear of dying. He slipped away with a squeeze of my arm and tears in his eyes. We buried him with a copy of INSIDE PASSAGE. What this book gave Grandpa and me will be cherished; and the author has made himself a member of this family forever."
-- A reader from Tulsa, Oklahoma
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