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    • Michael Nesmith has released nineteen albums.

    • Michael Nesmith served a tour of duty in the United States Air Force.

    • When Michael Nesmith was a teenager, he injuried his hand when a firework prank went bad.

    • In 1996, Michael Nesmith reunited with The Monkees to celebrate their 30 year anniversary.

    • In 1970, Michael Nesmith left The Monkees to form The First National Band.

    • In November of 2000, Michael Nesmith directed a movie called Fried Pies.

    • Michael Nesmith wrote a book called The Long Sandy Hair of Neftoon Zamora.

    • Before joining The Monkees, Michael Nesmith and Davy Jones were both signed with Colpix Records.

    • In the 1980's, Michael Nesmith built the largest non-theatrical home video catalog in the world called Pacific Arts Corporation.

    • Michael spent fourteen months in the U.S. Air Force where he tipped over a general's airplane while cleaning it.

    • Michael Nesmith has several nicknames like "Nez," "Mike," and "Woolhat."

    • If The Monkees was loosely based on A Hard Day's Night, then Michael's character in the show most resembled that of George Harrison in the movie.

    • Michael was trying to get The Monkees to be a country/rock group during the final year that he was in the group.

    • Michael, along with the other members of The Monkees received their Star on the Walk of Fame for their work in television. It's located 6679 Hollywood Boulavard, in California.

    • In 1983, Michael won the Fantafestival Award for Best Screenplay
      for: Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle Swann (1982).

    • During the early days of The Monkees Michael was never seen without his woolhat.

    • Michael's mother, Bette Nesmith, invented "Liquid Paper," otherwise known as whiteout.

    • Michael arrived for his first Monkees interview wearing a wool hat, to keep the hair out of his eyes while driving his motorcycle around town. Mike also carried a bag of laundry, to be done at a nearby laundromat on his way home. Producers Rafelson and Schneider remembered him as "Wool Hat"; they wanted to name his Monkees character that, but Mike refused.

    • Michael was the only Monkee who'd actually seen the initial trades ad for the show's casting call.

    • As of 2005, Michael has started a small video game development company in Monterey called Zoomo Productions.

    • Michael currently lives on the Monterey Peninsula in California.

    • Michael was only paid $450 an episode to appear in television series.

    • Mike Nesmith: (As to why he didn't rejoin the Monkees when Tork, Dolenz, and Jones re-formed the group, c. 1986) It would be kind of like Ronald Reagan making another movie.

    • To this day, Michael continues to be active in all media including video games, and the online delivery of media.

    • Michael was invited to the famous orchestral session for A Day In The Life by John Lennon.

    • Michael inherited half of his mother's $50 million estate from the sale of Liquid Paper; the rest finances a private "think tank".

    • Michael penned the Stone Poneys' hit song: "Different Drum."

    • Mike has four children: Christian, Jonathan, Jason, and Jessica.

    • Mike has been married three times. First wife Phyllis Barbour from 1964 till 1975. Then Kathryn Bild from 1976 to 1988. Finally to Victoria Kennedy from April 2000 to the present.

    • Mike is 6' 1" (1.85 m) tall.

    • Mike shares same the birthday as fellow Monkee Davy Jones.

    • Mike is a former member of the 60s rock group, The Monkees.

    • Mike created a show called Pop Clips which he sold to Time-Warner Brothers, who then used it as the model for MTV. He did not wish to be involved in the commercial aspects of music videos.

    • Mike's video/album "Elephant Parts" won the first Grammy for a music video.

  • Quotes

    • Mike Nesmith: (describing his financial slump, after paying a huge default to leave the Monkees in 1969) I had to start telling little tales to the tax man while they were putting tags on the furniture.

    • Mike Nesmith: (As to why he didn't rejoin the Monkees the other members did in 1986) It would be kind of like Ronald Reagan making another movie.

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