A 1958 graduate of the School of Journalism (B.A. Public Relations) at San Jose State University, Mike Tymn has contributed more than 1,600 articles to some 45 newspapers, magazines, journals, and books over the past 50 years. While most of his articles have dealt with subjects from the sports arena, Mike has done business, travel, metaphysical, and human interest features. He won the 1999 Robert H. Ashby Memorial Award given by The Academy of Religion and Psychical Research for his essay on Dying, Death, and After Death. Writing assignments have taken him to such diverse places as Bangkok, Panama, Glastonbury, Jerusalem, Hollywood, St. Paul, and Tombstone. He has interviewed and written about more than 40 Olympians. Mike’s books include The Articulate Dead, Running on Third Wind, The Afterlife Revealed, The Afterlife Explorers, Transcending the Titanic, Resurrecting Leonora Piper, and Dead Men Talking.
As a public affairs officer in the U. S. Marine Corps, Mike won the Silver Anvil presented by the American Public Relations Association for the best military PR program of 1960. After leaving the military in 1961, Mike worked primarily as an insurance company claims adjuster, supervisor, and manager. He holds the professional designations of Chartered Property & Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) and Associate in Claims (AIC). Before moving to Hawaii in 1971, Mike handled claims in his native California (San Francisco Bay Area), Japan, South Vietnam, Malaysia, Philippines, and Guam. He served as president and managing director of Malayan Adjusting Company, Ltd. and was on the board of directors of Singapore Adjusters and Surveyors. He taught insurance for seven years at the University of Hawaii and served for many years as a special arbitrator for Arbitration Forums, Inc. His experience in insurance gave Mike a broad exposure to many disciplines, especially law and medicine.
From 1978 until 2002, Mike served as a stringer for The Honolulu Advertiser, covering distance running, ocean swimming, cycling and triathlons while also writing a regular column on endurance sports. He has been a monthly columnist for National Masters News since 1980. He served as a columnist and contributing editor for Runner’s World for six years and is now a senior writer for Running Times. Mike Contributed to Biographical History of American Sports with biographies of eight famous thoroughbreds and to Sports Encyclopedia North America with essays on Aging and Athletic Performance, Athlete, and Athletic Heart. He currently serves as editor of the The Searchlight, a quarterly publication for The Academy for Spiritual and Consciousness Studies, of which he is vice-president. His metaphysical articles have appeared in FATE, Mysteries, Atlantis Rising, Vital Signs, Venture Inward, Nexus, Christian Parapsychologist, Two Worlds, Dark Lore, Psychic News, Alternatives, Alternate Perceptions, The Honolulu Advertiser, The Honolulu Star-Bulletin, and The Honolulu Star Advertiser.
A runner since 1954, Mike won four national masters championships during his 40s. As a 42-year-old grandfather, he won the historic Maui Marathon in 1979 with a time of 2 hours, 28 minutes, 43 seconds and was twice named Hawaii’s “Runner of the Year.” He coached the Hawaii state team in the international Ekiden competition in New York City in 1988 and 1989. He is married to the former Gina Bernard of Kaneohe, Hawaii and has two daughters, both registered nurses, and four grandchildren.