MESSAGES FROM MICHAEL
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Holiday Greeting (December 24, 2017)
Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas,
As you know I've been an associate dean in the College of Fine Arts for the last five years, but as of this past summer I received full tenure and am a professor in the department of Film. It is a joyful transfer from administration back to teaching and I love it! Teaching acting or teaching film history classes is not a chore but a pleasure.
Rachelle, Koko and Gia are doing well. Koke started Kindergarten in August and really enjoys it. She's doing well in academics and socially as well. The only concern I have is the curriculum is what the government calls common core which is a stem (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). It doesn't have the Arts included. Even Einstein said you can't be a scientist without being an Artist.
Rachelle has talked about going back to school but it's not yet time, as Gia needs her at home. Maybe in another year or two. Rachelle and Gia stay at home while Koko and I go to school. Rachelle is a fantastic mother and teaches the girls and works hard with them on their studies. I know Koko wouldn't be as successful as she is without Rachelle's guidance and love.
Two major things happened to me this past year. Number 1, I quit smoking after 55 years and have not had a smoke since December 4, 2016. The other major event was the passing of my friend, Mark Lamura. Some of you watched All My Children where Mark portrayed Erica's brother. Mark and I were buddies for 32 years and both Rachelle and me miss him very much. We didn't just work together, we traveled, we even would go to Catholic mass together on our lunch hour. He was a great guy, great and loving husband and father.
Well I have to go now and pick up Koko from school. Take care everyone and God bless you and keep you always and in all ways!
Michael, Rachelle, Koko and Gia
Holiday Greeting (December 21, 2016)
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all,
I cannot believe another year has gone by! Rachelle and I will be married 7 years on January 10. Where does the time go? Our girls, Koko and Gia, are now 4 years and 18 months and are growing so fast that I wonder what happen to our babies. Rachelle is a great Mom. She took a leave from Graduate school to raise the girls and is doing an outstanding job with them. I have to be a very lucky and blessed man.
I am still an assistant Dean for the College of Fine Arts and enjoying working with a new boss, Dean Nancy Uscher. I'm also teaching and reading scripts in hopes of doing another film. I promised Rachelle to keep looking for good script.
Oh I almost forgot, we've moved into a new house. It's beautiful yet modest. We moved from a two bedroom condo and now we have a backyard for Koko and Gia to play and Mommy and Daddy to do some vegetable gardening.
Take care all and Have a Happy Holiday Season and a Great New Year and may God bless you always and in all ways.
Michael Rachelle, Koko and Gia
Holiday Greeting (December 22, 2015)
I hope and pray that all of you are enjoying and having a Happy holiday season and a Happy and prosperous New Year in 2016.
I'm sure most of you know that our family has a new addition, Gianna, who was born May 26. She is a vibrant, beautiful and happy baby with a very sweet smile. Koko and Gia (her nick name) have a wonderful time together. Koko is attentive to Gia and is constantly checking on her every move. She often asks Rachelle and me, "did you change Gia"?, or says "I think Gia is hungry". What a great big sister Koko is! Rachelle and I are truly blessed with these two girls.
Speaking of Rachelle, I must say that she is a great mother and wife. She is a stay at home mom and works very hard with her charity work for Junior League. I am so proud of her! What a true blessing she is as my wife, mother and my best friend.
The year has also brought some sadness into our lives with the passing of my mother, Margaret. Grandma Margaret was truly a wonderful mom. When I said that, as a high school student, I was going into acting, she was a great encouragement to me. My mom was my biggest fan. She loved us all and was able to attend Koko's baptism a few years ago even though she was told not to fly to Vegas. Mom never wanted to miss an important family occasion. We will miss her. I also lost my high school mentor Father Gerry Schubert this month. Father Gerry got me into acting and was my friend. We lost our beautiful Ollie the Cat this past year as well, and we miss him terribly. He and Koko were pals and he always looked after her.
I am still working at the University as Assistant Dean. I am producing documentaries, teaching acting, and hopefully will work as an actor in another film. I still get scripts, but as you know I'm very selective.
That's it for now. We wish you all a blessed season of joy and happiness and may God bless you always and in all ways.
Michael, Rachelle, Koko and Gia
Holiday Greeting (December 24, 2014)
Hello and Season's Greeting to All,
I cannot believe another year has gone by. I am still the Assistant Dean for the College of Fine Arts here at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. As far as outside work goes, I've been asked to do a movie this summer and I am awaiting a script. If everything works out it will be filmed in and around Prague. I still teach a small class of SAG/AFTRA actors here in Las Vegas and I've been doing voice over work for the College and one outside film that can be seen on the internet called Nightwing: The Series. Currently I'm producing a documentary for the University about a few of our outstanding faculty whose work makes a strong impact where it matters most: our local community UNLV wants the community to know that we offer continued support to entire Las Vegas population, regardless of age, race, education. When it is completed I'll send a link for you all to see it.
Rachelle and Koko are doing fine. Koko started preschool and enjoys it thoroughly. Rachelle has joined the Junior League of Las Vegas, an organization, which would respond to community needs and cooperate with existing social service agencies. She spends many hours doing charitable work and fundraisers. Our lives are busy and blessed.
I hope all of you are having a wonderful Holiday Season. Rachelle, Koko and Ollie (our cat) have the house decorated and are prepared for Santa Claus. We are also getting prepared for a new addition to our family who will be coming at the end of May! We are very excited and we feel very blessed. Have a Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year!!!
Michael, Rachelle, Koko and Ollie
Holiday Greeting (December 18, 2013)
Merry Christmas to you all and may the New Year be full of blessings to you and yours. It has been a busy year for the Tylo family. Koko is growing, talking and approaching the terrible twos. Rachelle and I feel very blessed with Koko and just wish she would take a slower pace in growing up! She fills our days with joy and love. Rachelle has been a full time Mom and been teaching Koko dance steps and has been working with her group, the Junior League of Las Vegas on a number charity functions. Rachelle has also assistant directed an original play for the Nevada Conservatory Theatre called, Dog Explosion, that involved both the Film and Theatre departments here at UNLV. It was very successful due in no small part to Rachelle's work.
Speaking of UNLV, I have been appointed Assistant Dean for the College of Fine Arts, as well as my teaching duties in both Film and Theatre. I may do some acting/directing in the near future and when I do I'll let you know.
Take care everyone and may God bless you always and in all ways!
Michael, Rachelle, Koko and Ollie the Cat
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New Year's Greeting (January, 2013)
As some of you may know, Rachelle had major surgery in December to remove a cyst that grew on her adrenal gland and liver which intern displaced both and her kidney. There was 1800cc's of fluid removed as well as the skin of the cyst, and she is still recovering and hopefully be back to her normal self soon. We are very grateful for your prayers and good thoughts. I would like to mention that while being in pain this past Fall, Rachelle did assistant direct the Nevada Conservatory Theatre's production of Rabbit Hole, which received critical acclaim.
I have been here at UNLV as a Visiting Professor in Film and Theatre for 10 years. This past July I was promoted to Acting Associate Dean for the College of Fine Arts. This appointment, while an exciting challenge, was added to my teaching responsibilities. On another note, the movie I told you about last year, Stealing Las Vegas, Rachelle and I did, came out on and is now on DVD. So as you see with all that's being going on in the Tylo household, it has been a busy 2012.
This past year we also had a visit from Reetta (webmaster of michaeltyloonline.com) when she came to Las Vegas. She got to meet Koko, Rachelle and me for lunch and we all had a wonderful time. Reetta did get to visit my office and was able to sit in on a Directing class I was teaching, I don't think I bored her. Reetta came back to run in a race but we were unable to meet up because of all that was going on with the holidays, and Rachelle's surgery. We all love her!
Well that's all for now. I want to thank you all for your support and wish you the best from the Tylos.
God bless you all and in all ways,
Christmas Wish from Michael and Rachelle (December 22, 2011)
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
Another year has come and gone and a lot has happened. Rachelle and I are expecting a baby girl in early February and are excited and extremely happy. God has blessed us over the last year and we hope all is well with you and yours.
Rachelle has completed a year of Graduate School and will continue in the Fall semester. She also has worked as an assistant director on a couple of plays "Noises Off" and "The Fantasticks", both in which I appeared. It was great working together on these shows and we hope to continue this practice if it works out. I just finished playing Scrooge in a production of "A Christmas Carol" with my students and directed by Brad Carroll. Teaching this year has been exciting and it was nice that the students across campus voted me Best Professor through their Student newspaper "The Rebel Yell".
Rachelle and I want to wish you all the best of the Holiday Season and the Happiest New Year ever. Remember it is a time to count your blessings and not to forget those who are in need.
God bless you always and in all ways,
Michael and Rachelle
Message from Michael and Rachelle (December 15, 2010)
After sending you our news about a baby coming into our lives, we are saddened to say we had a miscarriage on Sunday evening. Of course, we will remain positive and try again. Our Doctor is amazing and assures us and says there is no reason why we shouldn't still have little ones. So God willing, we will have a family on His time and in the meantime we are thankful for all your prayers, good thoughts and support.
We wish you all a Happy Holiday
Michael and Rachelle
Holiday Greeting from Michael & Rachelle (December 12, 2010)
I can't believe that another year has gone by, and it's the Holiday Season once again. A lot has happened to Rachelle and me over the past year. First of all we were married January the 10th, so the year signaled a new beginning for us. We hoped it would do the same for all of you.
In February after having a wonderful Valentine's Day, Rachelle started work as the choreographer on the play Musical of Musicals The Musical. She received rave notices for her work, and I was very proud!
In March I began work as the director for the new play Red Lights and Sirens. Rachelle was my assistant director as well as acted in the role of Sasha. It was a great collaboration, and this play was also a huge success. We also worked on a new Roger Korman movie together called Break the House (working title). It was directed by Francisco Menendez, and I costarred on the project which also starred Eric Roberts.
As many of you know my father passed away in May. For any one to have known my father, Eddy, was a blessing. He will always be missed. Our hearts go out to everyone who has lost a loved one this past year.
The summer was spent with my teaching summer classes at UNLV and Rachelle preparing for Grad School. We also got in a trip to Montana to visit with Rachelle's family. "We" fished on the Yellowstone River. I baited her line, and Rachelle caught a fish!
Once the semester began, the months to follow flew by. I performed in the play, Fool for Love and Rachelle assistant directed a couple of one-act plays. We meet with Reetta (webmaster) during her vacation in Las Vegas and we had a great time and are looking forward to visiting with her again. Maybe the next time will be in New York. With the semester finally at an end, we are looking forward to a little time off together to enjoy the holiday season.
In saving the best for last, we are happy to announce that we are expecting a baby around the beginning of August next year. We are thrilled to be starting a family and feel especially blessed this holiday season. Happy holidays to all of you, may you have a blessed new year!
Take care and God bless,
Michael and Rachelle
Michael and Rachelle Married (January 14, 2010)
On Sunday January 10 2010, Rachelle Reichert, my long time fiancee, gave me her hand in marriage at the Roman Catholic Newman Center on the campus of UNLV in Las Vegas. It was a small, intimate and beautiful ceremony and the happiest day of my life. When we receive pictures we, of course, will send them to you through the site. Thank you for your support and prayers over the years and we hope God will bless you as He has blessed us.
Michael and Rachelle
Seasons Greetings from Michael (December 11, 2009)
Another year has gone by, and I hope it has been a healthy and prosperous one for you all. I would like to once again thank you all for your continued support and good wishes. I am always surprised and grateful that there are so many of you still interested. Rachelle and I would like to extend to you all a Blessed and Happy Holiday Season!
Response to B&B Luncheon (September 6, 2009)
Michael's response to what Hunter said at the luncheon and the reasons she gives for why she was late:
"Everything Hunter stated at that luncheon concerning us was a lie. We had no run in with her that day. It was scheduled as a day visit. We showed up. We took the girls for the day and dropped them off at the agreed upon time. We will not tolerate the defamation of character, especially public name-calling as referenced by Hunter's comment that Rachelle is my "girlfriend" and that "she was this blonde bimbo." Rachelle is my fiancee, and I'd like to make it clear that as a practicing Catholic and a loving person, who also just happens to have graduated Magna Cum Laude with two University BFA degrees in both Theater and Dance, Rachelle is the furthest thing from a "bimbo" I know. After we're married, it will be an honor to call her my wife and, God willing, mother to the children we hope to have."
Michael & Rachelle engaged (February 22, 2008)
I want all of you to know that I have found a true love in my life, a love which I never thought existed before. I am very happy and pleased to announce my engagement to the beautiful and talented Rachelle Reichert. Rachelle is an actress and dancer with B.F.A. degrees in each. Rachelle and I have been dating for one year and nine months and have actually been engaged for the last seven months. Family and close friends have embraced our relationship from the beginning, and we have graciously accepted their love and support. We appreciate maintaining our public privacy, but we wish to declare our happiness after having had to struggle through the last few months of sadness following my son's untimely death. I want you all to know that Rachelle and I love each other unconditionally and share everything including our Catholic faith. I never thought I could feel this kind of love for anyone but God has shown me the way and the woman. Future plans and pictures will be forthcoming. Take care and God bless you all!
A Message From Michael (November 7, 2007)
Thank you all for your prayers, good wishes, condolences, and support for me and my family during this very difficult time. Mickey was a special guy who loved life, his sisters and brother very much. He was a good son and since we spent his last year of high school living together, we became very close and I thank God for this.
Mickey was a compassionate and courageous individual who was loyal to friends and hated injustice to his fellow man. He would stand up for what he thought, and even if you disagreed with him, you always knew where he stood. He had a great sense of humor that bordered on the cynical and bizarre. The night before he left us, Mickey, his brother Chris and I had dinner and Mickey told stories, jokes and generally entertained his brother and me. I sat there and listened, laughed and felt so proud of my sons and how God had blessed me with them both. Chris left to pick up his girlfriend from work and Mickey and I had coffee together. He told me of his plans for the future and I noticed how focused and passionate he was. I thought to myself that through all the seizures and other things that had affected his life, Mickey was more than okay. When we parted that night, he hugged me and told me he loved me. He didn't do it out of habit, but as someone who really meant it. I loved him so much and I always will.
Again, thank you and may God bless you and keep you always and in all ways,
Christmas Message From Michael Tylo (December 11, 2005)
Season's Greetings and Merry Christmas to All,
I want to thank all of you for your good thoughts and your support over the years. The love and encouragement you have shown me over the years has had a profound effect on my life in a very positive way. This past year, as many of you know, has been particularly hard on me and my family. I thank you for good thoughts and I ask you to remember my kids as well as your own in your prayers.
Every year at this time it seems to me that people are a little more kind and a little more patient with those around them and this is a very good thing. Please remember those less fortunate and especially those who have gone through hurricanes, earthquake, tornadoes and the like. Remember those soldiers and sailors overseas and their families. Let's carry the spirit of the season all year through.
Thank you for the encouragement and your desire for Quint/Nola to return to GL. After all these years to still be remembered in a role that I thoroughly enjoyed doing makes me feel honored and successful. It is wonderful feeling and an awesome responsibility!
I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and a Blessed New Year. May God bless always and in all ways.