Mike Fleischer, 67, of Downers Grove, Illinois, passed away Saturday, May 15. Mike
was host of the weekly WDCB, Glen Elllyn, IL, radio show, Treasures from the
Isles, which had been on the air since 1990.
Mike had been interested in folk music since a 1948 Woody Guthrie concert. His
interests carried him to the founding of the University of Chicago Folk Festival
(1961) and a lifelong love affair with all forms of traditional music. He
worked as a journalist and as an executive in folk music record companies
including Flying Fish and Folk Era records. His interest in Celtic music was
inspired by his wife, Mary Ellen Heelan, who is proud of her Irish and Scottish
A memorial service was held at the DuPage Unitarian Universalist Church in
Naperville, IL, where he had organized and hosted the Roads End West Coffee
House some years ago.
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