Friday, June 18, 2010
Show # 19
Michael Merrett is a former insurance professional but his passion for creative outlets led
him to positions as a newspaper columnist and marching percussion instructor/arranger. He also served as a member of the Massachusetts Judges Association for marching bands and drum corps from 1979-1984.
He hails from Gary, Indiana but has lived the majority of his life in Massachusetts. Some of his newspaper columns have been reprinted for inspirational use by teacher’s unions and parents groups throughout the North Shore of Massachusetts. He has traveled extensively, including recent trips to Hong Kong, Germany, Canada, Thailand, and Ireland and these experiences have greatly enriched his views on international affairs. The marching musical units he has been involved with such as the North Star and Malden Diplomats have enjoyed tremendous competitive success throughout North America in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s.
He is a current member of the Knights of Columbus and Lions International. He currently serves on the Board of Directors with the Wyoma Lions of Lynn, Ma. He also works to support national organizations such as the Foundation Fighting Blindness.
His first book is a memoir which chronicles the experiences of Mike and his brothers as they forge ahead while contending with the myriad of emotional and physical difficulties associated with vision loss. His failing vision has resulted from conditions known as Retinitis Pigmentosa and Macular Degeneration. His second offering, “The F.O.G.” represents his first journey into fiction. It is an ambitious story of a man bent on forcing humanity to change its course. His third offering is a venture into the mystifying world of sci-fi. “Klaatu’s Return” was inspired by the 1951 script to the movie “The Day the Earth Stood Still.” His fourth book ‘Musings for the Common Man’ marks a return to his roots as an op/ed columnist. He resides in Lynn, Mass. where he continues to pursue his passion for the literary arts.
THE DAILY ITEM all about his determination to have a career as a writer despite the fact, he was born with retintis pigmetosa along with his four brothers. His memoir, SLIPPING INTO DARKNESS is an incredible journey of determination and details his decent into blindness and his brothers’ experiences. Michael has written four self-published books including two novels, which are all available on his website THE FOG.
Listen to this incredible story of Michael Merrett, who I went to Pope John XXIII High School with in Everett, MA.