I knew Mike for nearly a quarter century, although we were out of touch for a time. I was very happy to reestablish contact three or four years ago. His emphysema was already pretty advanced, so I was amazed at how much he had recently accomplished and was still accomplishing in that state!
At first I could not really believe what I was learning about the organization, B4UACT, that he founded, but as it sank in, he invited me to become involved which I did, for which I am very glad. Its founding is nothing short of a miracle, but I should not be that surprised knowing what Mike was capable of. He had previously integrated the YMCA in Jacksonville, FL against the odds when he ran that facility.
He was a unique, courageous man, one to buck the odds, funny, insightful, charming if bull-headed and exasperating at times, but always a good friend, and always very good at stirring stuff up. Heaven's in trouble now!
We shall greatly miss him although his legacy lives on in his work which he has inspired many of us to carry on.