Michael was born to parents Raymond and Phyllis in Oregon. He grew up in Eugene, the home of the University of Oregon and until recently the second-largest city in Oregon (behind Portland). Michael graduated from the School of Architecture at the University of Southern California.
Michael enjoys sketching, computer games (especially on the Wii), and logic puzzles. He is a formerly avid pen-and-paper role-player who maintains an extensive collection of gaming books, particularly for the Shadowrun universe. While Michael doesn't get to spend as much time outdoors as he would like, the time he does get is tremendously enjoyed.