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Mike Strong

Mike Strong

Hays, KS

Mike Strong is a photographer, videographer, software programmer, tech writer, and web programmer. He is a former astronomic and geodetic surveyor/computer, massage therapist, baker and—of course, bartender and waiter (“proudly so!”). He also worked as a newspaper and radio reporter in Nebraska and upstate New York. He holds a degree in Journalism from the University of Kansas. Known in the Kansas City dance communities for his dance photography and videography, as well as for his online publication, www.KCDance.com, Mike has focused on dance since 1994 and continues to do so.

  • As the United States expanded in the 1800’s, communication needs also expanded. Mail service was social media. People would write to tell relatives where they were and what they were doing. So, when Facebook’s subject line entices us with “Mamie Smith was in Hays …..” the line is far from new.
  • One of our most visible unnoticed most ubiquitous features of daily life was the result of the US Post Office solving a need and being sensitive to feelings. House numbers. Free city delivery by postal carriers to addresses. Much later, 1923, mailboxes on houses.
  • This is Mike Strong, in Hays, for HPPR. The book is “How the Post Office Created America” by Winifred Gallagher.As I was working on reviewing Winifred Gallagher’s book, I was also shooting photos and video for a dance concert. One of the pieces was nostalgic about physical, paper mail. Specifically, about getting paper rather than texts or email.
  • This is Mike Strong, in Hays, for HPPR. e book is “How the Post Office Created America” by Winifred Gallagher.
  • This is Mike Strong, in Hays, for HPPR. The book is “How the Post Office Created America” by Winifred Gallagher.To say that email and texts are no substitute for the emotional support of physical letters and packages is especially true for troops, in particular younger troops separated for the first time from friends and family.
  • This is Mike Strong, in Hays, for HPPR. The book is “How the Post Office Created America” by Winifred Gallagher.Winifred Gallagher does something I seldom see in journalism. She pitches plans and suggestions to solve current difficulties she may be writing about.
  • The United States Post Office, for more than two centuries, has been central to holding together rural areas as communities.This is Mike Strong, in Hays, for HPPR. The book is “How the Post Office Created America” by Winifred Gallagher.