Mike Becvar
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August 13, 2007

About Mike Becvar

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Mike Becvar

I am currently a multimedia, web, and eLearning programmer living in Northern Virginia. Let me know if you need help building a website or developing eLearning content. I am currently employed as a web-based training developer working on projects for the FAA. I have done some freelance elearning development in the past. I also developed several websites for myself and non-profit organizations. I am currently the webmaster for the Opera Guild of Northern Virginia, Just Clowning Around of Northern Virginia, and Kapitol Klowns.

I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago with my parents and my older brother. When I was young, I wanted to be an astronaut when I grew up. Eventually, my goal changed to being a scientist and finally a Chemical Engineer. I earned a B.S. and M.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla (UMR).

I never took a job as an engineer. While in college, I was introduced to Asymetrix ToolBook, which is a product used to develop multimedia. When I was looking for my first job, I sent my résumé to engineering firms and training companies. I moved to Fairfax, Virginia when I took my first job in 1996 as a computer-based training developer. I have been working in the training development industry ever since.

I am an active volunteer in my community and the Washington, DC area. I am the former Chair and active member of the South Riding Proprietary Website and Technology Committee. I also regularly volunteer with Single Volunteers of DC (SVDC). I have hosted three foreign exchange students through Youth for Understanding (YFU).

NYFA ClassI am an aspiring actor with experience as an extra in several productions filmed in the DC area. In August 2007, I attended a one-week acting workshop at the New York Film Academy (NYFA) at Universal Studios in California. In February, 2008, I started taking acting classes at the Studio Theatre in Washington, DC. I am still waiting for my big break. Although I have spent time on different movie sets, I can’t say that I have gotten any time on the big screen. My scenes have either been cut from the final production or pass so quickly that everyone is a blur.

Sir Toony Van DukesIn 2008, I went to a clown camp (Moose Camp) and learned how to clown around. I created my own clown character, Sir Toony Van Dukes or Sir Toony for short. I also started taking unicycle and magic lessons, found my old juggling balls, and joined various clown groups, and spend time entertaining children of all ages. In January 2009, I went on a cruise with 50 other clowns and have plans to return to Moose Camp in the summer of 2009. I like marching in parades, clowning around at picnics and special events, and hope to start doing birthday parties. If you need a clown in northern Virginia, look up Sir Toony.

I spend way too much time on the Internet. When I manage to break away from my computer, I enjoy Sci-Fi, roller coasters, and taking my dog for a walk.


  1. Very nice blog.

    Comment by Dad — October 31, 2007 @ 2:46 pm

  2. Hey there Mike, I like your blog. I believe you and I have lots of the same interest. Except when it comes to the art of film making, I would rather direct. However, another love we both share would be clowning and I think you and have I started clowning around the same year. My alter ego is, Steamboat Joe but most just call me, Joe. Good luck and God bless.
    Joseph Adams

    Comment by Joe Adams — July 19, 2010 @ 7:19 pm

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