Mick Preston

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Sir Mark (Mick) Preston, UrN is a Talossan citizen and citizen of Maritiimi-Maxhestic province. He served as Secretary of State for over three years.

Preston became a Talossan citizen on 21 September 2006, mostly in response to a call from his childhood friend Trotxâ Betiñéir indicating that the kingdom needed more players of fantasy football to fill out a league.

With the election of John Woolley to the throne thought to be probable, a vacancy in the office of Secretary of State was foreseen, and so Baron Hooligan, catching Preston in a condition of inebriation, convinced Preston to become Deputy Secretary of State under Woolley. In this capacity he ran the elections to the 37th Cosa, then took over as Secretary when Woolley resigned to accept the throne. Preston himself, saying "I stood on the shoulders of giants" when praised for his service, resigned after three years in office.

For his dedicated service as Secretary of State, Preston was knighted by the King into the Order for the Nation.

Preston currently holds the office of Dean of the College of Arms, having risen from a fellowship (The Odd Fellow) in that body to the rank of Penzance Pursuivant.

Namesake of the Verb "to Mick"

Preston often complained that citizenship petitions were being seconded (when only parliamentary motions should be seconded, while petitions are to be "supported") and his complaints that further supports were being called "thirding", "fourthing", etc. (when none of these are even parliamentary terms). Preston's complaints, being largely ignored, only led to further and louder complaints. This eventually resulted in the proposal made by Tímoþi Asmourescu that Talossans should use a newly coined verb "to mick" when indicating their support of citizenship petitions. This quickly became customary.

Personal Life

A resident of the US state of Kentucky, Preston has an adult son and is fond of the canine breed of whippets. Mick Preston was born in a log cabin, in the wilds of Central Kentucky. Still a small child, his parents packed up their belongings to join the Great California Hippy Rush of the 60's.On their trek, they stopped in Denver , Colorado.

After spending a night there, the next morning, they looked up at the majestic Rocky Mountains and exclaimed: "There is no way we are getting over those, man. Even we aren't that high."

After Graduating from South High School, Mick traveled up the mountain to study at the feet of his Spiritual Leader, Alferd E. Packer. While Spending many afternoons at the Alferd E Packer Grill at the University of Colorado, he obtained enlightenment. He also accidentally graduated, and the Regents told him he could leave the Temple. Or face trespassing charges. Moving back to Lexington, he worked in the Restaurant Biz for years. Deciding that was boring, he decided that he wanted something more exciting. So, he joined the U.S. Army, as a Software Programmer. They placed him in the XVIII Airborne Division. At Ft. Bragg, N.C.(Why they needed computer programmers to jump out of planes surprised him. But, at that time, he didn't have a choice).

Realizing his folly, he got out of the Army, and started working for a company that writes software for Automobile Dealerships. In...Lexington Kentucky.

Mick was locally sourcing his food years before chefs in California starting using cilantro and arugula (both of which he hates). For his signature bacon and tomato sandwich, he procured 100% all white Bunny Bread from Georgia, Blue Plate mayonnaise from New Orleans, Sauer's black pepper from Virginia, home grown tomatoes from outside Oxford, and Tennessee's Benton bacon from his bacon-of-the-month subscription.

Mick takes fashion cues from no one. His signature every day look is all his: a plain pocketed T-shirt designed by the fashion house Fruit of the Loom, his black-label elastic waist shorts worn above the navel and sold exclusively at the Sam's on Highway 49, and a pair of old school Wallabees (he can't even remember where he got those?) that were always paired with a grass-stained CU baseball cap.

Offices

Preceded by
John W. Woolley, UrN
Secretary of State
19 April 2007/XXVIII - 6 June 2010/XXXI
Succeeded by
Iustì Canun, UrGP
Preceded by
Breneir Tzaracomprada
Senator for Maritiimi-Maxhestic
42nd Cosă (Clark 5) - 47th Cosă
Succeeded by
Magniloqueu Épiqeu da Lhiun
Preceded by
Alexandreu Davinescu
Senator for Maritiimi-Maxhestic
40th Cosa (Clark 5) - Dissolution of the 42nd Cosă
Succeeded by
Breneir Tzaracomprada
Preceded by
Breneir Tzaracomprada
Grand General Secretary of Maritiimi-Maxhestic
June 2nd, 2010/XXXI - February 17th, 2011/XXXII
Succeeded by
Istefan Lorentzescu
Member of the Assembly of Maritiimi-Maxhestic 2nd  4th  6th  8th  9th