Michael Doyle

Profile Updated: September 11, 2015
Residing In: Tavares, FL USA
Spouse/Partner: Lyn
Occupation: retired 01/01/01, Purdue University; Systems Programmer
Children: none, but our 2 cats, Cocoa and Truffles, both born in 2007, are very demanding!
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My life continues with almost the same interests as 10 years ago (see my story below from 2005). Still retired, now for 14 1/2 years. We continue to travel, just recently returning from a 6850 mile driving trip to San Francisco and back. We needed to come back through Idaho and Montana because those were the 49th and 50th states we'd visited -- another bucket list item off the list. We love to watch racing, mostly Formula 1 and INDYCAR. We just watched our favorite driver, Juan Pablo Montoya, win his second Indy 500 race. My wife, Lyn, attended her 55th Indy 500 race. She grew up in Speedway, IN, just blocks from the track. I sold my Harley in July 2014. We've belonged to several car clubs during the last 40 years. (motor vehicles are an important part of our lives!)
Since August 2014 I've been working with the great reunion committee to plan the BCCHS 50 year reunion and maintain the website.
But our main passion remains the Special Olympics Athlete Leadership Programs (ALPs). We've continued to expand the ALPs program in Indiana and Florida. We taught ALPs classes in Massachusetts, Arizona, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Hawaii. ALPs conferences has taken us to New York, Morocco, Athens, Ireland, Vancouver and California. But more important than the travel, we've passed on valuable life skills to our Special Olympics athletes. They're accomplishing feats they never thought they could ever perform. They are teaching classes, coaching teams, raising funds, giving speeches, providing leadership; they are advocates for other athletes. They are moving from individuals receiving services to individuals providing services.

Junior High School attended (NW, SE, SW, WK or other)

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What you shared with us in 2005:

This has been an exciting year for me. I retired 4 1/2 years ago from Purdue University after 34 years of working mostly as a Systems Programmer and Capacity Analyst for their IT department. I've been married to my wonderful friend and dearest companion, Lyn, for just shy of 37 years. We didn't have any children, but for the last 21 years we've been deeply involved in Special Olympics as volunteers, county coordinators, coaches and most recently as teachers and deans of the Athlete Leadership Programs (ALPs) and ALPs University. We train our athletes to be involved in leadership roles within Special Olympics so they can become a guiding force within the program and give something back to the program that helped them to get where they are. During the past year, we bought a home near Lake Harris in Florida and in July we moved about half our household down there. We will keep a condo in West Lafayette for the fall Boilermaker football games and the Indiana Special Olympics summer games. My other main interest is chocolate. I write about it, study it, travel for it, collect wrappers and paraphernalia, bake with it, and of course eat more than my fair share. We teach classes about the history of chocolate to various groups. Other interests include: visiting friends, running and working out, reading, traveling, R/C helicopters, flying stunt kites, riding my Harley, studying math (go figure!), and studying longevity & health. Come visit us in Florida whenever we are there. We are only about 40 minutes north of Disney World. Go Bearcats!

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Every year in the fall at BCCHS, Dick and I became closer friends. We played a crutial role in the success of the Bearcat football team. We were on the first string team of the Suicide Squad. That meant Coach Finn relied on our team to do our best to stop the first string offence team. Our Suicide Squad wasn't the best of the defensive players; we were the most expendable! Dick and I and the rest of the Suicide Squad didn't see all that much action on game night, but if we did a good job during practice, it would mean our starters were probably going to be successful and BCCHS would come home with another WIN.

I remember having so much fun being a teammate with Dick. He was always smiling and having a good time. None of the Suicide Squad was all that big or fast, but Dick had guts and grit. He would sacrifice himself for the good of the team. Suicide Squad teammates had a special appreciation of each other. Then on game nights, we did our best to cheer on the starters knowig that we did our best during the practice week to prepare our team for victory. There were many ways to support our Bearcat team. 

Dick, I'm real glad we were teammates at BCCHS.  RIP.

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Posted: Sep 03, 2015 at 10:29 AM
Don't forget to vote. Just kidding. I'm from Florida and our votes don't count.
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This was from a year ago in Pittsburg. No relationship to me.
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