Orange Mike

(November 25, 1953– }

Milwaukee fan Michael James Lowrey, better known as Orange Mike stands out at any convention: He's the guy dressed head to toe in blaze orange. That's not just a hall costume — Mike clads his fan-shaped body that way in his daily mundane life too, both at his day job for the State of Wisconsin and his second occupation as a bookseller at Milwaukee's Renaissance Books. He was filmed in living color as a bright spot in the Occupy Madison protests. He owns 60 pairs of orange underwear.

"Quiet good taste is the key," says Mike; "once I learned to avoid that, I could find a look that worked for me."

He also wears a full beard, now graying, and keeps his hair long under his orange fedora or ballcap.

A native of Jackson, Tennessee, he found fandom during the 1970s while living in the South. He was a member of the Nashville Science Fiction Club. He moved to Milwaukee in 1977.

He has been an active fanzine fan, pubbing his own zine, Vojo de Vivo, last published Feb. 22, 2001, and has participated in several apae, most recently MilwApa. He is an Esperantist. With James Nicoll, he is a juror for the 2015 Working Class/Impoverished Writers Grant given by the Speculative Literature Foundation.

Mike appears in the 2004 feature-length film Finding the Future -- A Science Fiction Conversation.

He was fan guest of honor at ICon 25 in Coralville, Iowa, in 2000 and is the only fan who has attended every Chattacon, which drew local news coverage at the 40th in 2015. He ran for TAFF in 2003 against Colin Hinz, Curt Phillips and Randy Byers, the winner.

Since 1981, Mike has been married to C.Kay Hinchliffe aka Cicatrice du Veritas. They were married during X-Con 5. In the story of their wedding broadcast by the BBC World Service in 2013, C.Kay notes that Mike wore a rust-colored tuxedo. They have one fanspring, Kelly J.A. Lowrey, born August 23, 1995.

Besides fandom, Mike belongs to such groups as the Wobblies and AFSCME and is an extremely active and sometimes controversial admin on Wikipedia, where the rules are complex, arcane and quite different from Fancyclopedia 3, and snarky comments like this would not be allowed. [Citation needed]

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