Arizona Storytellers: Michael Barnard

Published: Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 11:21am
Updated: Monday, December 22, 2014 - 10:26am
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(Jessie Wardarski/The Republic)
Phoenix Theatre's Producing Artistic director, Michael Barnard, kicks off the evening with a story of his life growing up in Arizona during the Arizona Storytellers live event Wednesday Sept. 10, 2014 at the Phoenix Theatre.

KJZZ is partnering with the Arizona Republic to bring you the Arizona Storytellers project on the radio. Storytellers in Phoenix share their stories at live events in town. Some of the stories are about living here, some are not.

Michael Barnard's grandfather, Harry Bonsall Sr., came to the Valley in 1902. He used to be a farmer, but when he moved to Glendale to start his own business, he became so much more than just that.

Barnard has dedicated his life to building that same spirit of community impressed upon him by his grandfather. At D. H. Bonsall Sr. Park, there’s a plaque honoring Michael’s grandfather with the title Mr. Glendale.

You can hear more stories like this at our next night of live storytelling Dec. 22 at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix. Learn more about upcoming nights or get involved by telling your own story at

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