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My story begins in the outskirts of Chattanooga, Tennessee, where a young couple: Renee' and Fred Wilkerson have a child named Michael Christopher Wilkerson.

My family traveled to many cities in the United States during my childhood, often times so my father could take advantage of a new job opportunity.   

Those cities have included:

Chattanooga, TN (from birth to age 2)
New Hope, MN
  (from age 2 to age 4)
Schaumburg, IL
 (from age 5 to age 13)
Brookfield, WI
   (from age 13 to age 18)

Most of my formative years were during my stay in Schaumburg, IL (from 1975-1983) where my days were filled with attending school, riding ridiculously attended-to dirt bikes, winning championship little league championships, and playing with my best friend, Jeff Allen.

in 1978, my parents were divorced.  Shortly thereafter I learned the benefits of having two Birthdays, two Halloweens, two Thanksgivings and two  Christmases - which translated into I traveled a lot and was the beneficiary of "stuff".  Those of you that speak the lingo of my generation understand that "stuff" somehow loosely translates to collectibles, many of which I have still, including my Darth Vader Head Collectors Box full of ridiculously-priced pieces of molded plastic.

I enjoyed my school days, my adventures, and more importantly, my friends:  Whenever trying to explain my formative years in Schaumburg, I often remember the quote from Rob Reiner's Stephen King Adaptation film "Stand By Me" where Richard Dreyfus types for all to see in a hazy black screen with green letters:

"I never had any friends later on like the ones I had when I was twelve..."

Sadly, he was right.  While I've always had great friends, I don't think I've ever had friends like the ones I had when I was twelve.

What I did have was new friends when I was 13 years old: who all had their own, new and unforgettable quirks that we still recall and get a grin out of today. Those quirks formed a little something we all called "our days in high school."  Carl, Matt, Mark, Bill, Dave, Dan, Jeff, Brandon, Adam -- The list is long and hazy now, but it was a great time to be sure.

During high school I played baseball, wrestled, was on the school newspaper as cartoonist,  participated in a variety of plays that I enjoyed immensely, and happily graduated in 1988.

From 1988 to 1992, I floated from job to job and finally went to college in Wisconsin, and graduated with a very specialized degree in Educational Interpreting for the Deaf - it is a great profession and has provided me with skills that I had acquired mostly because of my being diagnosed with "Otosclerosis" (bone deposits on the bones of the middle ear) and fitted with hearing aids.

My college interpreting program was a great time, not only because I was getting skills that would allow me to succeed in life, but because my class ratio was interesting to say the least:  In the Interpreting profession, one thing is clear: 

There are always more female interpreters
than there are male interpreters. 

My graduating class followed this trend and I enjoyed every minute I spent with the 23 college co-eds during those years.

It's also the time that I met my wife, the mother of my child Jade, and someone that truly does complete me - Gloria Wilkerson.

Shortly after graduating, I secured a position as an Educational Interpreter in the city of St. Louis, Missouri with an interpreting company called Deaf Interlink.  After spending 9 long years as an interpreter, yearning to be an artist of some kind again, I eventually made my way into part-time web design for a variety of efforts. After about three years, I stumbled along a company called Executive Personal Computers who, after seeing the work I'd done took me on as a part-time website designer and graphic artist.

Eventually we grew the need to one that needed a full-time position and I took it gleefully, and haven't looked back.

During my years of being an adult, I've come to realize the value of movies, friends, free-time, and remembering to put your family first.

In 2003, my wife Gloria and I became the proud parents of what is decidedly the cutest baby in the world, Jade Erin Wilkerson, who has and continues to teach me things on a daily basis about life, being happy and diapers.

While my family is still the top-most item in my life, my jaunt into the realm of Podcasting really does make my creative spirit run wild.  In January of 2006, a comrade in 24-review and I started a podcast dedicated to the review and love of the hit Fox show, "24" called "The 2GuysTalking: 24 Podcast." 

The traffic has grown from my original concept and has enabled me  to start a Podcast Network that continues to grow in just about every direction.  I look forward to being able to document more about that effort, my family goings-on and more as the years continue.

And the Adventure Continues...

 

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