Michael’s main passion is film. He founded and runs the Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film, a non-profit organization that helps people view films actively. He is also on the Board of Directors for the Brattle Film Foundation, the non-profit organization that runs the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge, MA. He recently joined the Nominating Committee for the Coolidge Award, a prestigious award given annually by the Coolidge Corner Foundation.
He is a particular fan of foreign film, and more specifically, modern Canadian films. His favorite directors include Atom Egoyan and Patricia Rozema, with actors-turned-directors Don McKellar and Daniel MacIvor catching his notice as well. He also has a love of many Asian films, particularly modern films from China and Japan.
By day, Michael is the Regional Administrator for the Boston Regional Library System. He has worked in libraries for over half his life, and the recent move to the Boston Public Library has been an exciting one for him. He is also the Conference Chairman for the Massachusetts Library Association and plans the annual conference for that group.
One of his favorite vacations is watching 3-4 films a day at the Toronto International Film Festival. Loves planning and managing events, and hanging out with friends. Loves to find film, music, and books that move him. Cries easily at movies and at the turn of a beautiful melody. Windy days excite him; hates sudden loud noises. Loves Japanese pop culture, especially Kogepan, Hello Kitty, and the ilk. Big fan of Japanese monster movies, with Mothra being his favorite. Loves the Power Puff Gals. Not a big sports fan, but have growing interest with the sport of curling, and professional 9-Ball, particularly Jeanette Lee, “The Black Widow!” “Just because a movie makes me cry, doesn’t mean it’s any good.”
A is for age: 36, but I tend to keep getting older…
B is for booze: Knob Creek Manhattan, straight & perfect, with bitters and a twist
C is for career: Librarian who only deals with books as a concept in a database
D is for dad’s name: Lawrence Milton Tannreuther
E is for essential items to bring to a party: Clean underwear (unless it’s an underwear-optional party)
F is for favorite song at the moment: “The Boy From …” from The Mad Show (originally sung by Linda Lavin, Music by Mary Rodgers, Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim under the pseudonym “Esteban Ria Nido”)
H is for hometown: Dayton, OH, “The Gem City” (“It’s great’n Dayton!”)
I is for instruments you play: My voice, my nose, and the Jews’ harp.
J is for jam or jelly you like: All the normal ones.
K is for kids: What about ‘em?
L is for living arrangement: Penthouse apartment with my husband and two kitties. We also have dormant Sea Monkeys we are waiting to re-hatch.
M is for mom’s name: Peggy Weese Adams Major Dancer Buttram Sever
N is for name of your best friend: Kitty Carlisle
O is for overnight hospital stays: Just the one when I puked myself into dehydration as a child. (I was a vomiter.)
P is for phobia[s]: Snakes and opaque liquid condiments.
Q is for quote you like: “Doubt everything at least once, even the proposition that two times two equals four. -Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, scientist and philosopher (1742-1799)”
R is for relationship that lasted the longest: 7 years, but that was just practice
S is for siblings: One brother, 4.75 years older
U is for unique trait: I can shoot saliva from under my tongue at will. (It’s called “gleeking”.)
V is for vegetable you love: Most of them, but especially raw celery, cucumber, and tomato.
W is for worst trait: OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder), which is frequently interpreted as “control freak” or “critical.”
X is for x-rays you’ve had: Had pneumonia. They did it then. And I guess the dentist. They also did an IVP for kidney stones once. (Didn’t find any, thank god.)
Y is for yummy food you make: Tabbouleh, roast chicken, chili. Well, practically everything, if I don’t have to be humble about it.
Z is for zodiac sign: Leo, but it doesn’t count because I have a Libra rising.