A Grand Passion


I first visited the Biltmore Estate in 1967. For nearly a half century I have enjoyed visiting and sharing the experience with family and friends. It has been the scene of memorable events in my life. As I have learned more of the Biltmore story, I have conducted research that has been an incentive to travel. Finding other people that shared my Biltmore and Vanderbilt passion has been a most enjoyable and rewarding surprise. I have made wonderful friends who share in what we call “Biltmore-itis.” I will be adding to this story line over the nest few days.

Tomorrow: A persuasive fourteen year old wheedles his parents into loading up the 1965 Pontiac Catalina and taking a pre-interstate road trip to Western North Carolina “to visit a real castle!”


2 thoughts on “A Grand Passion

  1. Mike,
    I am the Department Head that is blessed to work with your wife, and have followed your situation with great empathy and concern. She is such a wonder and gifted teacher and I feel lucky to have been able to hire her. I so enjoyed reading your blog and keeping tabs on your journey. As a writing teacher, I must say that one of your obvious gifts is composing, which I am sure is to the joy of your talented wife. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers, and perhaps one day, we will meet in person. Have a blessed day.

  2. Nothing since 11/02? You must be getting around good now. Those are my hopes for you. I’ve enjoyed the blog and following your improvement. However, I like the idea of you having less time for the blog because you’ve gained mobility and flexibility that allows you less time for it.

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