A 24-year resident of Fairfield, CT, Mike Lauterborn has been the Editor of Fairfield HamletHub online news service since Nov. 2011, serving Fairfield County, Connecticut. As a lad through high school, Mike was a dedicated journal keeper and graduated from college with a degree focused on creative writing. For the next 20+ years, Mike worked in corporate marketing, promotion and advertising leadership roles before transitioning to journalism, contracting with regional magazines, newspapers and online news services.
Mike has documented over four decades of American culture, including all of his past travels. One of the most significant of these was in Fall 2003, when Mike set off by van to follow in the path that acclaimed author John Steinbeck had taken in 1960 driving counter-clockwise around the perimeter of the United States to write “Travels with Charley”. Mike used Steinbeck’s book as his map for a similar journey that became “Chasing Charley”.
In this new non-fiction book, Mike has taken on another adventure, an unplanned one that didn’t take him much farther than his own community over several months as he witnessed how the Covid-19 disease set its aggressive hooks into the meat of the world, and thrashed it, and tore it apart, threatening the very existence of mankind. He recorded the pandemic’s impact at the international and national levels, and observed its effects very first-hand in his own coastal community and amongst its citizens and leaders. He captured every aspect of the attack of this “invisible enemy” to create a detailed, insightful record of these times and road map for future generations to see how we handled the crisis and to learn how to face similar challenges as they arise, to perhaps avoid the “pandemonium” that took us all by surprise.