Details: Mike Hanlon
These are a bunch of facts about Mike that I’ve gathered from the book with quotes to support them! (Sorry, no page number citations, I like keeping some sanity.)
- he loves spring, and he heavily associates it with spending time with his dad.
[”Spring’s here again. We’re all waking up. And in his soul he would raise a silent cheer that shook the walls of that mostly cheerful room. He felt love for everything around him, and most of all for his dad…”]
[”Spring’s here again, thank You God, thank You very much.”]
[”Spring was a busy time, but it was a good time.”]
- he’s left handed!
[”Mike Hanlon’s writing was large and awkward because he was lefthanded and the angle was bad for him.”]
- he loved peanut butter and onion sandwiches, much to the chagrin of his mother.
[”…he was particularly partial to peanut-butter-and-onion sandwiches, a taste that made his mother raise her hands in helpless horror…”]
- he never quite finishes grieving over his father’s death– or the way that he went.
[”I got reading… and surprised myself by bursting into tears over my father, who has now been dead for twenty-three years.”]
[”But I was most afraid that no matter what shape It took, It would have my father’s cancer-raddled face.”]
[”…it seemed to me then and it seems to be now that when a man or woman goes it should be a quick thing. The cancer was doing more than killing him. It was degrading him, demeaning him.”]
- he played football in high school.
[”Mike Hanlon wove his way through them as he would later weave his way through the opposing lines of nearly a dozen high school football teams…”]
[”in high school he would make the varsity football team as a tailback his sophomore year, and was only kept from breaking the school’s all-time scoring record by a broken leg halfway through his senior season.”]
- and played the trombone in his church school’s band.
[”The Church School had a band in which Mike played the trombone.”]
[”Although his trombone playing was not much better than Richie’s Voices, he was fond of the instrument, and whenever he felt blue a half hour of foghorning Sousa marches, hymns, or patriotic airs cheered him right up again.”]
- Mike considered publishing his historical findings on Derry, Pennywise, and the story of the Losers.
[”The segment below and all other Interlude segments are drawn from ‘Derry: An Unauthorized Town History,’ by Michael Hanlon. This is an unpublished set of notes and accompanying fragments of manuscript… found in the Derry Public Library Vault. The title given is the one written on the cover of the looseleaf binder in which these notes were kept prior to their appearance here. The author, however, refers to the work several times as ‘Derry: A Look Through Hell’s Back Door.’ One supposes the thought of popular publication had done more than cross Mr. Hanlon’s mind.”]
- as an adult, he’s interested in one of his co-workers.
[”I joke with Carole Danner about how much I would like to go to bed with her, and she jokes back about how much she’d like to go to bed with me, and both of us know that she’s really joking and I’m really not…”]
- he wears glasses as an adult.
[”I lie there in bed wearing my conservative blue pajamas, my spectacles neatly folded up and lying on the nighttable next to the glass of water I always put there…”]
- he tends to get stuck on things when fixated on them.
[”But I’m doing my own Bill Denbrough here, stuttering over the same ground again and again, reciting a few facts and a lot of unpleasant… suppositions, growing more and more obsessive with every paragraph.”]
[”I’m doing it again. Going over and over the same ground, doing nothing constructive, only cranking myself up to the screaming point.”]
- he attended the University of Maine, but otherwise never really spent any time outside of Derry.
[”I was born here, in Derry Home Hospital; attended Derry Elementary School; went to junior high at Ninth Street Middle School; to high school at Derry High. I went to the University of Maine–‘ain’t in Derry, but it’s just down the rud,’ the old timers say–and then I came right back here. To the Derry Public Library.”]
- Henry Bowers hates him the most out of all the losers, because of his race and also because of their familes’ history of conflict (that stems from racism). (Basically, racism^2.)
[”One day when we got up, there was a swastika painted on the side of the chickenhouse and all the chickens were dead. Someone had poisoned their feed. …And who do you think it was? …Why it was Butch Bowers, that’s who!]
[”So I got my two hundred dollars and Butch swore he was going to burn me out. …So I caught up with him one afternoon. …I cut him off on Witcham Street… and got out with my Winchester rifle.”]
[”Well, I’d had enough of the whole thing, Mikey. And I knew if I didn’t scare him off for good right then I’d never be shed of him.”]
[”[Will] had once taken Butch Bowers by the hair and jammed his rifle into the shelf of his chin and demanded of Butch to be left alone.”]
[”Butch Bowers associated his financial, physical, and mental decline with the Hanlon family in general…”]
[I’m not going to put the direct quote for this because it contains about 7 repetitions of the n-word but basically Butch constantly insists to Henry that any inconvenience they experience is Will Hanlon’s fault.]
- Mike does the exhibits for the Canal Days Museum.
[“A Canal Days Museum was installed in three empty storefronts downtown, and filled with exhibits by Michael Hanlon…”]
- He was/presumably is Baptist
[”His mother was a devout Baptist and Mike was therefore sent to the Neibolt Street Church School.”]
- As a kid, he’s physically described as follows
[”In 1958 Mike was slim and well built, taller than Stan Uris but not quite as tall as Bill Denbrough. He was fast and agile…”]
- As an adult, he’s 5’ 7"
[I literally can’t find the quote for this y'all just gonna have to trust me. Cyan not sus just go with it. If I find it I’ll come back with an edit.]