Underneath his flawless professional surface, however, is a genuine person who is so ridiculously anti-drug that he is above suspicion in any way that involves suspicion or testing of any kind. Michael also has athletic and creative sides; he's a former hockey player, an amateur improv comic, and an actor/director whose Great Scott International Films recently released the motion picture Threat Level Midnight.

In all honesty, for a while I thought that Michael was a full-on idiot, if not a menace to civil society and children everywhere. But in time I came to know and love him, and to appreciate his unique management style. When I look back, Michael's behavior may have seemed at times overboard and even crass — but now that I've seen the man beneath the suit, I realize that he's actually more honest and downright human than most cogs in corporate America. You'll be lucky to have him.

It may seem an overstatement to claim that Michael is the most important office manager in history. But this isn't the first workplace I've documented, and I can assure you that he's the boss who's kept my attention the longest. Along with countless others, I have in the past few months sadly asked what might happen to the office after Michael's departure, but nobody's been able to answer that question. In our hearts, I guess every one of us hoped until the very end that he'd change his mind and stay.


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The season finale of The Office airs May 19 @ 9 pm on NBC

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