Mike Friedman - A Character With Character
...because interesting people are more fun to work with
I was born in Chalfont, Pennsylvania but spent all of my spare hours growing up surfing in New Jersey, racing down to the beach following hurricanes. I ran the high hurdles in college at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and found out how hard it is to run practice after hydrating with a few Labatt Blues. My first ski instructor gave great advice: "Point your skis downhill and gravity will take over." I started a Procter & Gamble career in Huntington Beach, California and dug deep into all things Californian: Hobie Cats, motorcycles, surf boards, etc. That didn’t last long. I got repatriated to Chicago in time for the Blizzard of ’78. I didn’t have a winter jacket and soon after found out how cold Minneapolis really is. I have a BS and MS in Chemical Engineering, but never really used those degrees. I'm pretty sure the story line for "My Big, Fat Greek Wedding" was based on my experiences. Finally, I have the best time going on adventure trips with my family all over the world.
What is your most marked characteristic?
Smiling and thinking about sunshine and blue skies!
Which words are phrases do you most overuse?
Your favorite musician?
If you could live in any time period other than the present – what time period would you live in and why?
The 1970’s...spending more time surfing and skiing.
When was a time you felt you could do anything?
In 1977 when I was driving my motorcycle cross country from San Diego to Chicago.