Several people have sent messages asking to learn more about me. I figured that I should do a post to let you know who I am. My name is Mike Sonnenberg, I grew up in Saginaw and still live there today. I did automotive tooling design for about 20 years, but the automotive industry in Saginaw is not what it used to be. After losing my job when the housing bubble burst, I had time to explore Saginaw with my camera. I started with www.puresaginaw.com posting photos and sharing stories from around Saginaw. As I traveled Michigan I starting sharing my photos at www.lostinmichigan.net. I eventually went back to work, but continued doing my websites. I get busy sometimes at work, and so if I disappear for a little bit on the internet that is probably why.
I have always enjoyed traveling Michigan and love to visit popular places like Petoskey, Traverse City, and Mackinaw City. I began looking for new and different places to see and visit. I started exploring the back roads and small forgotten towns around Michigan. The more obscure and remote the better. I do my best to travel to all parts of the state, from the thumb to the southwest corner and all the way to the tip of the Keweenaw. Most everywhere in Michigan has an interesting story and I have been slowly finding and sharing them.
As far as the website and everything is concerned, It’s just me. I take all the photos and write posts, along with maintaining the website and handling online sales. Some people think I have a staff or larger organization helping me, but that is not the case. I love what I do and enjoy finding something most people have forgotten about or never knew altogether. My posts can be a little scattered and incomplete. They are basically my notes from my trips and over time I learn more to create a story for my books. A few years ago I would have never imagined considering myself an author. It has been a lot of work, but also a lot of fun to write and publish the Lost In Michigan books. I still have more stories to tell and places to see. At one time I was worried about running out of new places to visit, but the more travel and research, the more I discover I have a lot to do.
Whether you have just started this journey with me or have been following me for a long time thank you very much. I may not have time to respond to all the comments but I do read and enjoy them.
P.S. I want to give a big THANK YOU to all of you out there that purchased a book, calendar or t-shirt from me over the years. It really helps me with expenses to do this website.
P.P.S. I am usually behind the camera but if you really want to see a photo of me you can by clicking HERE
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