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Mike Doyle Biography


I was introduced to insulator collecting by my grandfather and my uncle in the early seventies in North Carolina. With the constant support of my parents, Rosemary & Stephen, I obtained and used Tibbitts’ books for reference. I actually had the opportunity to meet John Tibbits some years later at his 'Little Glass Shack' near Sacramento, California. Early on, I traded bottles that I dug for insulators that I liked. Later, I hunted insulators at every opportunity across the eastern United States, Prince Edward Island, Spain, Portugal, Italy and Turkey. I attended many eastern and western region shows including Holyoke, Kulpsville, Perkiomenville, Enumclaw, Merritt, Cache Valley, Auburn, Cayucos, Moro Bay, Three Amigos, Porterville, D&D, Albuquerque, Medford, Seven Feathers, Spudfest, Big Sky, Yuma, Chico, Roseville, Anderson, Victorville, Rohde Ranch, Reno/Sparks, and a few club swaps as a member of the Chesapeake Bay, Jefferson State, Norcal, and Grand Canyon State Insulator Clubs. I served the NIA as co-host for the Williamsburg, VA. national. I served as awards coordinator for a San Jose, CA. regional and show committee member for two San Jose nationals. I co-hosted the Tulare, CA. show and still serve as catering host for the Tulare show. I served as the western region correspondent for the hobby journal CJOW for a number of years under the Left Coast Lines masthead and I am still a frequent contributor in the hobby press through both Drip Points and CJOW. I have served the NIA for the past eight years as an Advisor to the Board of Directors and am interested in serving our hobby as the Western Region Vice-President.

During my forty some years in the hobby I have been blessed by many friendships that will continue throughout my lifetime. I have developed a keen interest in the history of both the hobby and the development of the telegraph in the desert regions of the western United States during the period 1855 to 1867. Discovering the remnants of the Old Overland Telegraph through Nevada and working to understand the impact of the telegraph on the industry, politics, and economics of the period are of special interest to me. I created a permanent telegraph exhibit in Fallon, Nevada, with my partner Lou Hall and can't wait to get back out on the Overland trail! My collection has always comprised an eclectic assortment of insulators and their related hardware. I enjoy hosting visitors from around the world and am always available to offer appraisals, answer calls and respond to emails about any hobby related subject you might have. I hope to hear from many of you in the weeks and months to come.

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