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Notable neighbor: Buddy Rocketman Michaelson

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Bloomington Briefing Published July 11, 2021
Updated on July 11, 2021
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As a business owner, parachute maker and rocket scientist, Buddy Rocketman Michaelson does a lot in Bloomington. As a mask maker, he does a lot for the community. Michaelson sells masks at cost and donates them. So far, he’s donated more than 9,000 masks to organizations, including Bloomington Public Schools, Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People, Loaves and Fishes and local hospitals. 

“My thing is keeping the community safe,” the lifelong Bloomington resident said.

Early in 2020, when his regular business of making parachutes slowed down, Michaelson started making masks. In COVID times, Michaelson’s hard work and generosity makes a positive difference in the community. 

“Every day I donate masks. People call me from everywhere,” he said. “Wear masks and play safe. It’s the only way we’re going to get over this.”