I've been fascinated with Mackinac Island since I first saw the location in the movie 'Somewhere In Time' back in 1980. I watched the credits and then contacted the Chamber of Commerce for more information. Of course back then, it took a while before I received the information and while great for visitors, it told me little about the island itself.
Over the years, my interest moved to other areas, but in 1998 I had a chance to visit a friend in Michigan who lived about 90 minutes from Mackinaw City. Naturally we visited - and I fell in love with the island. My first thought was 'this is what Walt Disney was trying to re-create in Disneyland.'
While perhaps Disney was thinking more of Marceline, MO, where he grew up, I bet he would respect the comparison. The island was authenic. It beckoned me to slow my pace, relax and enjoy the atmosphere.
Since 1998, I've made numerous trips to the island and have come to the point where I now am looking to find a way to share my enthusiasm for the island with others. If could be a documentary, it could be working on the island for a summer, it could be this web site.
In fact, making this web site a resource for information about the island is my current goal. Not just visitor information, but also historic and relevent information that anyone could find interesting.
If you have information, stories, history or suggestions to share, they are welcomed. There are many people much more knowledgeable about Mackinac Island than myself. I'm thrilled to have your input and interest.
Michael Forrester - site creator