Michael Edmonds is fascinated by eccentric, unusual, and atypical people or events that mainstream history has often overlooked. He’s the author of several books on Wisconsin history, including Taking Flight: A History of Birds and People in the Heart of America; Warriors, Saints and Scoundrels: Brief Portraits of Real People Who Shaped Wisconsin; The Wisconsin Capitol: Stories of a Monument and Its People; and Out of the Northwoods: The Many Lives of Paul Bunyan. He is a 1976 graduate of Harvard University and has taught part-time at the University of Wisconsin-Madison since 1986 in addition to his day job at the Wisconsin Historical Society. For more than a decade he wrote the syndicated weekly newspaper column, “Odd Wisconsin,” highlighting bizarre and little-known stories from the state’s past. His work has won national awards from the American Folklore Society and the American Association for State and Local History.