Do You Know Adam Michalski?

Adam MichalskiAdam is a ‘northern mid-west boy’, but has been living in San Antonio since 2009. He was born and raised in Milwaukee WI, and lived in Minneapolis MN, Ames IA, and St Louis MO before landing here in Texas.

Adam earned a B.S. in Urban Studies from the University of Minnesota in 2004, and an M.A. in History from the University of Missouri – Saint Louis in 2009. During graduate school, he served as co-founder and co-president of the UMSL Graduate Student Association. He also served in other leadership positions at the University with the Student Government Association, Phi Alpha Theta, and The National Association of Graduate and Professional Students. In addition, he was appointed to the UMSL Graduate Council by the Graduate School Dean.

During and since school, he has had varied jobs in varied fields… transportation planning, law, logistics, the airline industry, archiving / library work, and museum work. Adam currently holds two jobs right here in the neighborhood, at the Steves Homestead Museum and at the Institute of Texan Cultures. He’ll be taking a break from that this summer however. He’ll be working for the Denali Education Center (in Alaska) as a program coordinator from May until September. He’ll be arranging Elderhostel “Road Scholar” tours of Denali National Park. His plans are to return to San Antonio in October.

Adam has many, diverse interests:

  • He enjoys traveling and has recently visited Denver, San Francisco, and Alaska. He has traveled out of the country to the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Mexico, and Canada, and he has visited 45 states.
  • Adam also enjoys history — he wrote his master’s thesis on electrification in the railroad industry between 1880 and 1930.
  • He loves trying new foods and posting photos of his meals on Facebook.
  • He also enjoys learning about city issues such as transportation and urban planning.

One of Adam’s fondest and most memorable experiences happened right after he finished high school. He went to school in Ormand Beach, FL to become a Major League Baseball umpire. He completed the five week course (and received a Golden Mask Award), but didn’t pursue it as a profession. The experience provided him with a new appreciation for the game of baseball, its rules, and the umpires. He finds it fun to watch “a game within a game” as the umpires position themselves on the diamond or use hand signals that might not always be familiar to the crowd (or the announcers for that matter). And, he learned from Jerry Lane — a Major League umpire — that a coat hanger and a plate brush can be used to pry open the window of a Plymouth Neon when you lock your keys in the car.

Adam is frequently at the weekly neighborhood Happy Hour at La Frite. Be sure to say hello the next time you see him there. And Adam, we look forward to seeing pictures from your upcoming summer visit to Alaska!

Originally published February 22, 2012 in the Lavaca & Friends Happy Hour update.

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