2010
04.20
In News

Developing History

On Sunday, March 28 2010, the weekend Finding Michael opened at The Rourke Art Museum in Moorhead, The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead ran a two page story on Mike Lien and the Exhibit.

Click “Developing History” for a PDF of the story.

2010
04.18

 My wife, children and I went to Grandpa’s house for lunch one day.  The boys, warned by mom and dad, waited sat quietly while Luella set out a huge meal; roast beef, rolls, mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetables, desert.

¬†After lunch we sat in the den. J. E. had a recliner by the picture window near an end table with a stack of books on it. At the top of the pile was a biography of Napoleon Bonaparte atop ‚ÄúThe Wealth of Nations‚ÄĚ by Adam Smith. He saw me looking at the books and said ‚ÄúThat Napoleon was a bad actor.‚ÄĚ This constituted a long conversation with my grandfather, which is probably why I remember it.

¬†He was in his eighties then, and voraciously reading History, Economics and anything else that interested him. My Dad told me that he and his brothers were worried about Grandpa, ‚ÄúHe was taking every penny he could lay his hands on and buying gold with it.‚ÄĚ We should be so crazy.

 I read a biography of Napoleon later, maybe the same one. I had to agree, Napoleon was a bad actor.

 My grandfather was brilliant man; passionate, confident, inquisitive, decisive, driven; and successful at whatever he turned his hand to. Truly, Mike Lien was his father’s son.

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03.17

Mike Portrait – Possibly in the nineteen fifties.

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Mike at the White House – circa 1971

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Mike at work at the FM Community Theatre – circa 1967.

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03.15

This is J.E. Gaffaney. The date is uncertain, but possibly in the nineteen thirties Рperhaps around the time Mike was born.

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