Retiring Professor Profile: Lloyd Michaels

Alex Holmes

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How long have you been at Allegheny?

42 years


Where else have you worked?

Nowhere, except my graduate assistant position.


Where did you go to college?

Brandeis University.


Where is your hometown?

East Setauketa, New York. Close to Long Island.


What are your plans for retirement?

Keep doing what I’ve been doing. Writing, playing tennis, travel and drink tea.


What have you done research on?

Film Studies. I have written books about Eli Kazin, Tarrence Malick, Ingmar Bergman and character in modern film. I am currently working on a book about Woody Allen.


What was your dream job as a kid?

A baseball player. But in college, I wanted to exactly what I am.


Who has been the most important person in your life? Why?

My wife, Mary. Life is always new and always a challenge.


What are you most proud of in your life?

My son Jack.


How would you like to be remembered?

As a compulsive teacher and loyal friend.


What would your perfect day look like?

Write in the morning, play tennis in the afternoon, a movie in the evening and a good novel at night.


What is your favorite story from Allegheny?

A senior project story that I can’t repeat. It’s the story I like to tell the most.


What are your hobbies?

I am ideologically opposed to hobbies, but I like to play tennis.


If you had $1,000,000 what would you do?

Buy a second home in a warmer climate.


What advice would you give students?

Study what you love.


Where have you travelled?

Italy, France, England, plus Alaska and Alberta where my son lives.


If you could go anywhere, where would you go?

Somewhere south.