Michael has been interested in electronics since he was 10 year old. While in the U.S. Navy he purchased the January 1975 issue of Popular Electronics in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Between 1975 and 1977 he attended the College of San Mateo and the Homebrew Computer Club. In 1978 he transferred to Seattle University and the Northwest Computer Society. Members there included Bob Wallace (latter of Microsoft) and Joe Felsenstein (Lee's brother.)
Michael is the author of two books on programmable logic (PLDs and FPGAs) and has written CAE software for the past 25 years. In 2000 he pulled his SWTPC 6800 computers out of the closet and started a web site to preserve all of the SWTPC documents.