Michael N. Smith passed away on December 21, at the age of 82 years. He had no living family. Mike, ("Mr Mike, Whitey, Mongoose)" was well known, especially in Spanish Town, as a jovial conversationalist, friend of many, and widely knowledgeable in the areas of local, state, US and world history, politics, as well as religions and sciences including theoretical physics. Mike was identified as extremely gifted in early childhood, "though he said I learned more from my own reading of ''everything that interested me - on my own rather than for classes, including LSU." At age 19, he was selected for special training for superior intelligence recruits in the Army, "but I turned out to be too rebellious for them. They didn't appreciate my sense of humor." In the 1950s, Mike worked at Univac, the early computer pioneer company, and later spent years as a computer analyst in Louisiana State Employment. Mike's great interest in politics and biblical prophecy generated many imaginative, original interpretations and allegories . . . some of his extensive writings were published in newsletter form and he published an Amazon Kindle book. On the night before his demise, he was energetic and enthusiastically dictated a humorous last scene in his play about a mythical trial of a defendant before Judge Solomon (The King of biblical fame.). Mike's many friends will long remember his friendliness, charm and wit. Mike donated his body to Tulane University, "as I'm sure that my spiritual body will be sufficient for the afterlife." Comments will be welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or there is a website at: http://mike-s-home-away-from-home.webnode.com/
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Published in TheAdvocate.com from Feb. 26 to Feb. 28, 2014