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What's in a name: Actor, activist, or just plain "Mike"

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You may know him as “that guy from M*A*S*H.” Or you may know him from his efforts to speak out against human rights abuses and the death penalty. Regardless of how you may recognize actor and activist Mike Farrell, in his latest autobiography, he asks everyone to just call him “Mike.” The book, “Just Call me Mike: A Journey to Actor and Activist,” stays true to its title, giving readers a view into the multiple stages of Farrell’s life: His days as an Irish Catholic schoolboy in West Hollywood, his stint in the Marines, his role as Captain B.J. Hunicutt on M*A*S*H, and, what he values most, his work as a human rights advocate.

Those in the Washington, D.C. area will have the opportunity to hear Farrell speak about his book and his life as actor and activist this Saturday, May 24, when he appears at Busboys & Poets (2021 14th St. NW) at 4 p.m. The event is sponsored by Public Citizen, Greenpeace and SEIU.

And in case you’re in another part of the U.S., not to worry. Farrell and his wife, Shelley Fabares (fans of the 1990s TV series “Coach” will recognize her as the woman who played Christine), are covering 8,000 miles on the book tour, driving from Los Angeles to New York and back.

In the meantime, learn more about Farrell, his book and his life – including journals of his trips to the Middle East, Rwanda, Cuba, Russia and others – on his Web site.