Like any truly inspiring teacher who wants to impact his students, Michael’s methods in molding our creative process were inconspicuous. One of his most ingenious moves was to pose cryptic questions, sending us on a wild goose chase to solve riddles. We could tell he thought it was humorous to puzzle us. And, in a sense, this mind bending game was one of the best ways we learned from Michael.Late one evening, I answered the phone.
"There is something that every person in the world can recognize. What is it?"
Oh, great. What the hell is he talking about?
About 24 hours from the minute the first call came in, our phone rang again. "Well, what did you come up with?" Michael asked. "Umm, Mickey Mouse?" I responded. "Is that the right answer?" "Bush, that’s a great answer, but we don’t own that. Think hard. There’s something every person in the world can identify with. What is it?"
"What do you think, Michael?”
"Bush, I’m asking you"
As if Dennis and I could have an appetite after receiving calls from The Riddler at ungodly hours of the night, we did wind up going out to dinner that week. I don’t know why it came so fast, but the instant I looked down at my place setting, there they were: fork, knife, spoon. Certainly every person in the world has seen these. And that’s what I told Michael when I called him that night. "Great, Bush. Now put them on a coat for me"
The Dinner Jacket was one of Michael’s personal favorites, and he wore it on the Ranch when he hosted guests. -Michael Bush
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"there were many hours of makeup that had to be applied for michael’s transformations, and during that time, he was very relaxed, even if he was limited in his movement. the only way he could drink was through a straw. but i’ve never seen anybody be more patient and calm under stress, but he could not have been comfortable." — douglas kirkland, the making of ‘thriller’