Dr. Michael A. Bortner

Michael Bortner has been a collector of Imperial Japanese Good Luck Flags and One Thousand Stitch Belts for nearly forty years. His desire to write a book developed out of his curiosity to find historical and cultural information on this subject. The contents contained herein are based upon personal interviews with American and Japanese veterans, obscure primary sources, museum exhibits, and discussions with other collectors. Drawing upon his extensive collection of Good Luck Flags and One Thousand Stitch items as well as those of fellow collectors, Mike has assembled the first book of its kind in English solely on this subject.

The author earned his B.A. Degree in History from the University of California, Irvine and his M.A. Degree in Anthropology from the California State University, Hayward. He earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery from Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. He lives in St. Petersburg, Florida with his wife Andrea, and their two children Dolan and Brenna. He is a member of The Ohio Valley Military Society, the Company of Military Historians, MAX Certified Dealer Program and was a member of the Florida Token Kai.

Dr. Bortner is available for speaking engagements. Please direct your inquiries here.