Michael Pellegrini was born and raised in Tacoma,
In the mid-sixties, believing that the world might soon be
reduced to radioactive cinders, his parents moved the family to New Zealand
where they lived for two years. In late 1968, the family moved back to the
Finished with highschool in 1970, Pellegrini played bass
guitar in several rock bands, all while attending college mainly to secure a
During this period, he attended and worked at several rock
festivals, including Sky River III. He also worked security at a number of rock
concerts, and has the distinguishment of having mistakenly thrown the rock group
Quicksilver out of their own concert in 1971.
As with all good things, the college deferment eventually
ended and Pellegrini joined the National Guard to escape being drafted and sent
to Viet Nam. After the end of active duty in early 1974, he moved to Monterey,
Living in the Monterey Bay area for the next eight years,
Pellegrini managed and promoted the country-rock bands Stir Crazy and
Kid Rodeo, and also worked for a recording studio in Santa
Eventually becoming disgusted with music and musicians, he
left the business in the late seventies, and after another short stint in
college, ended up working as a union organizer in the San Francisco Bay
In 1984, Pellegrini moved back to Washington state for a
new position with a union that represented state employees.
Five years later, he promoted into a job with the
Washington state Department of Labor and Industries where he ran the employment
standards program. As the Employment Standards Program Manager, he directed the
enforcement of the state minimum wage and overtime laws, the child labor laws
and other similar statutes.
During his tenure at L&I, he conceived and directed
the investigation of allegations that employees of Nordstrom Inc., were forced
to work “off the clock,” without pay. Following the investigation, Pellegrini
authored the department’s order requiring Nordstrom to pay back-wages. After
several years of litigation, this case was eventually settled with a
multi-million dollar back-pay award.
Late in 1991, he left his state job to write novel-length
fiction. To support this habit, he works as a registered longshoreman.