His Grace Michael Teilmann

Grand Prior General

Born in San Francisco, California, Michael Teilmann received his initial formal education in the parochial school systems of San Francisco and Marin Counties. He began college at the University of California, Berkeley, and concluded his studies in the United Kingdom, earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism. He received an honorary Ph.D. in Information Technology and Management from the International Academy for Integration of Science and Business in Moscow in May of 2001.

His early experience includes eight years as a reporter and columnist on the staff of a major daily newspaper in San Francisco, assignments as a radio and television newscaster in the Bay Area, and a number of years as a reserve military officer specializing in International affairs and psychological warfare.

In Hollywood, Teilmann’s entertainment projects included assignment as associate producer for the highly-acclaimed three-part television series Y2K—America in Crisis, for CBS-TV and as co-producer and writer of America’s Street of Dreams — The Hollywood Walk of Fame for American Movie Classics (AMC). He served as a producer for America, A Call to Greatness for NBC-TV; as producer/director of 100 celebrity TV public service announcements for the White House and FEMA, and as a producer for the A&E Network’s Biography TV specials on Gene Autry, Milton Berle, Jayne Mansfield, Humphry Bogart, Sammy Davis, Jr., Sid Caesar, Steve Allen and Bing Crosby. He also co-Produced six presentations of the Tribune Broadcasting/Warner Bros. spectacular Hollywood Christmas Parade, one of the largest single-day televised celebrity events in the world. He garnered personal producer and writer Emmy nominations for his efforts in 1994, 1995 and 1996 at KTLA-TV on this project. He was the producer and Tour Manager for the USO’s “Operation Starlift” to Kosovo, Bosnia and Macedonia in 1999 and to Seoul, Korea, in June 2000. He served as writer and producer for the combined U.S. Department of Defense/USO Armed Forces Salute to Hollywood show hosted by Secretary of Defense William Cohen that honored Jack Valenti, Bob Hope, Michael Douglas, Tom Hanks and dozens of other legendary USO entertainers in November 2000. In May of 2001 he again produced a celebrity tour to Kosovo and Bosnia for the USO and returned to Korea’s DMZ with “Operation Starlift” for the fourth of July. In 2007 he produced the USO Christmas Show for our troops in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and in May 2010 he hosted a major USO Tribute Show in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. In 2011, Teilmann served as on-camera host for Warner Bros as they introduced the hit TV series “F-Troop” to newer and younger audiences as an integral part of their “Home Video” library.

Working closely with Hollywood’s legendary Mayor -- Johnny Grant – for much of his career, Teilmann’s past productions have included the year-long Hollywood Centennial, celebrating the film and entertainment capital’s 100th birthday; Hollywood Remembers Marilyn, commemorating the life of fabled film star Marilyn Monroe; and the internationally-telecast Welcome Home Desert Storm parade and observances in Hollywood, with Bob Hope, Jimmy Stewart and one hundred other major film and television stars.

Teilmann produced and directed The Bob Hope Celebrity Gala to benefit the international Korean War Veterans Memorial and subsequently produced and directed an international Bob Hope/Hollywood USO Show live from Las Vegas. He produced and directed a special 100th Birthday USO Salute to Bob Hope which starred dozens of Hollywood’s most prominent entertainers, including the fabled actor and song and dance man Mickey Rooney.
For a decade, he served as Coordinating Producer with Wendell Niles Productions annual Monte Carlo Celebrity Sports Festival for Monaco’s Royal Family and the Princess Grace Foundation.

He served twelve years full time as Executive Director of the Bob Hope Hollywood USO at LAX, one of the premiere USO Centers in the world, retiring in 2013.

Originally commissioned in the Infantry, Teilmann was branch qualified and graduated from both the Basic and Career Courses of the United States Army Institute of Administration. He also served in the Army Civil Affairs branch. He is a graduate of the Defense Information School, Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana, where he returned for additional duty as a course instructor; The Department of Defense Joint Service Integration Course and the Army Recruiting and Retention Senior Seminar. He was a reserve component student at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. After volunteering and serving two brief assignments as a Public Affairs special projects officer in Vietnam in 1969 and 1971, he served five years on full time mil¬itary duty concluding that tour as Chief of Public Affairs for the California National Guard, at the Office of the Adjutant General, Sacramento, CA. He also served two assignments in Europe on active duty with NATO for the National Guard Bureau at the Pentagon. In 1979 he was assigned as Chief of Media Relations for the Sixth United States Army, Presidio of San Francisco. During the next five years he was detailed as Chief, Field Liaison Branch and Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve officer for Sixth Army. As a member of the United States Army Reserve, he served as Public Affairs Officer and later as Executive Officer and commander (acting) for HQ 4th Battalion (Provisional) 6396th RTU; Community Relations Officer, 6325th IMA Detachment (PA), USAR, Office of the Secretary of the Army; followed by duty with the Joint Service Staff Group RTU, USAR. He served the California State Military Reserve as commander of the 40th Infantry Division (Mech) Support Brigade from 1996 to 1999, and following that duty was appointed Special Assistant to the Commanding General of the 40th Infantry Division of the California Army National Guard. On 1 January 2000 he was promoted to state-recognized Brigadier General in the South Carolina National Guard’s Support Command, and assigned as Military Media Directorate. He retired from State Guard military service in 2001 to lead a military and veteran’s support organization and to head the Bob Hope USO.

During his 1973 service at NATO in Mons, Belgium, he was recognized with a military order of knighthood. A second European Order of Knight Commander was bestowed upon him in Early 1990. In 2000 he was accorded the rank of Grand Cross of the Military Order of Saint Constantine the Great, and in 2006 was awarded the Grand Collar of the Order, its highest honor. Teilmann now heads the Order worldwide. He is a member of the British Academy of Film & Television Arts; Chairman Emeritus of the Los Angeles Mayor’s Military and Veterans Advisory Committee; a board member of the Hollywood Police Support Association; and previously served as International Director of one of Continental Europe’s celebrity attractions, The Walk of Fame — Europe. In 2009 the Pentagon’s Chief of the Army Reserve appointed Teilmann as a United States Army Reserve Ambassador to California. He serves to this day in that two-star equivalent position.

Teilmann has authored hundreds of articles and feature stories for specialized and general interest periodicals in England, Canada and the United States. An enthusiastic member of the Rolls-Royce Owner’s Club, he served as North American Editor for Rolls-Royce’s Pinnacle magazine. He also served as editor for one of Hollywood’s leading reference books, The Hollywood Walk of Fame, and is a frequent guest on radio and television news and talk shows both the United States and abroad.

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