Bubbleman, The

The town nickname of Mike Monroe (Anthony Edwards) a hyper-allergic attorney introduced on the episode “Blowing Bubbles” (11-2-92) on the drama NORTHERN EXPOSURE/CBS/1990-96.


Mike (a.k.a. “The Bubbleman”) suffered from the modern day condition called Multiple Chemical Sensitivity. He lived in virtual isolation in an antiseptic Buckminster Fuller-like geodesic dome outside the town of Cicely. If anyone visited his home they were asked to dress in germ free gowns and gloves.

When Mike first met pilot Maggie O’Connell (Janine Turner) he asked ,”Are you wearing makeup…eyeliner, perfume, shampoo, conditioner…baby shampoo? How about synthetic clothing?” Maggie says, “I think this shell has some nylon in it.” Mike responds, “Just leave it on the hook, please.”

Note: In 1976, actor John Travolta starred in the made-for-TV movie The Boy In The Plastic Bubble about a youth forced to live in an isolation bubble because he was born without immunity to germs.

On the NBC sitcom SEINFELD, episode No.45 “The Bubble Boy” (10/7/92) standup comic Jerry Seinfeld was pressured into visiting an obnoxious fan who was cocooned in a sterile environment.


Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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