Type, Michael  Les Chapelles, 
Grand Rue 34
CH-1297 Founex +41 22 7762418 type <at> bluewin.ch
Wife: Pammi

Michael at the "Euromedia" (ORF/Vienna, 1995)

On Nov. 12th, 2007 Michael wrote:

Dear Peter,

How good to hear from you. I find it difficult to believe that nearly 11 years have passed since I retired from the EBU and the enjoyable task of being Secretary to various bodies in the audience research field, including GEAR. I often think of all the good friends I made in those days and hope they are all well and happy.

You asked for some personal news. Healthwise, touch wood, I am in good form and enjoy playing golf reasonably regularly. My two children, Nicholas and Christina are now both married and have two children each - a boy and a girl in Connecticut, USA, and two boys in Denmark. They are all splendid and a source of great joy. My wife Pammi is still working at the International Telecommunication Union but retires in 27 months time at the age of 60. She too is a keen golfer and we look forward to having more time to play together.

In terms of keeping the little grey cells occupied, I became President of the English language radion station, WRG-FM, in Geneva and am now President of Honour, having retired from that 4 years ago. I also retired last year from being Chairman of the Royal British Legion Swiss Branch after 10 years and am now Honorary Vice-President. We raise funds for wounded British service personnel and widows and orphans and during my time, we collected half a million Swiss francs. I am now on the Council of the British Residents' Association of Switzerland. I also write articles for various publications and have organized and compered a number of musical concerts at Geneva's Victoria Hall in aid of charities. The time just flies by and as long as I keep fit, I'll keep myself involved with various activities.

It would be nice hear how old friends are doing. You should all know that there will always be a welcome here if you get to Geneva. In the meantime, with Christmas approaching (we'll be in Connecticut) and another year ahead, I wish you all warmest greetings and good health.


 On 14th September, 2011 Michael wrote:

What a pleasure to hear from you after all this time. Here I am sitting at my computer finishing off the latest quarterly Bulletin of the British Residents’ Association of Switzerland, of which I am currently Chairman (there are now 40,000 Britons in this country!). That, plus playing of golf and being Vice President of the Royal British Legion Swiss Branch (I was not at the Russian Front in World War II but at Suez in 1956!!) keep me busy. Now have four grandchildren – two in the USA and two in Denmark and their parents and us will all be together, God willing, in Vermont, USA, for my 80thBirthday on 30 January next year. How time flies; difficult to believe that I retired from the EBU nearly 15 years ago. Pammi retired from the International Telecommunication on 31 December 2010 and is also a keen golfer and physical fitness enthusiast. Our little poodle, Milkshake, is getting long on the tooth but still gives us great joy.


I will look up your websites later today once the Bulletin is out of the way. One correction to my entry: my phone number is +41 22 7762418


All the very best to you and all former GEAR members. I have happy memories of our time together.