Photograph by Joel Sackett

Photograph by Joel Sackett

Working Life:
Dave attended UC Berkeley while working for a medical supply company in San Francisco. He enrolled in the school’s Slavic Studies program, where he received excellent grades and became fluent in Russian. But then a restlessness set in. He grew bored, dropped out and joined the Marine Corps.

After his honorable discharge, Dave went back to his old job where he quickly worked his way up to store manager. With a stable career firmly in hand, he woke up one morning once again feeling that old restlessness. Convinced there had to be more to life than pushing bedpans, he quit his job, tapped into his savings, and traveled the country seeking adventure. (Dave was still single at the time so there wasn’t anyone around to tell him {and perhaps rightly so?} that he was out of his friggin’ mind.)

During the course of his journeys, Dave worked a variety of jobs, including logger, warehouseman, truck driver, bar bouncer, and Florida realtor.

Dave has always possessed—or been possessed by— a powerful compulsion to write, and has churned out short stories and experimental novels on a regular basis. Most remain tucked away in a drawer. Then one day, on a lark, he enrolled in a year-long intensive screenwriting class at the local community college. Surprised at how much he enjoyed the craft, he began writing screenplays and became pretty good at it. His scripts won numerous awards, and before long, he was offered representation by a script agency in Los Angeles. He went on to sell numerous options to his screenplays while landing a variety of writing assignments.

Personal Life:
Dave worked on a documentary that was shown at the Mill Valley Film Festival. After the screening, Dave walked over to the Sweetwater Saloon, where a party was underway for those who had been involved in the making of the film. Lots of friends and family were also in attendance.

Dave grabbed the last empty stool at the crowded bar and sat down next to the smartest, kindest, most beautiful woman he had ever met. Dave and Mary Justice were married in Scotland a little over a year later.

(Oh, the film was entitled Electric Guitarslinger. It’s about the life and music of John Cipollina, the blazingly talented guitarist for the 60s-era San Francisco band The Quicksilver Messenger Service. John passed away in 1989 from emphysema at the age of 45.)

While vacationing in the Northwest, Dave and Mary fell in love with the area’s incredible natural beauty, rain and all. They returned several more times to visit before deciding to make it their home. Not knowing a soul, they moved to an island in Puget Sound in Washington State, where they reside to this day.

Some Zany Miscellany:
Mountain Bikes–When Dave was in high school in Marin County, California , he and a loose-knit band of friends known as the Larkspur Canyon Gang would often throw a bunch of old, beatup bicycles into the back of a pickup truck and drive to the top of Mt. Tamalpais. From there they launched crazy, kick-out-the-jams races down the fire roads and trails of the mountain. A couple of guys from a nearby town saw what they were doing and how much fun they were having and began doing the same. Their names were Gary Fisher and Joe Breeze, who later built the first mountain bike. They freely admit that the Larkspur Canyon Gang was their inspiration.

In recognition of this, the Larkspur Canyon Gang was recently inducted into the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame. (Dave wrote an article about one particularly zany race. It’s posted on the Hall of Fame website.)

A documentary on the birth of mountain biking recently came out. Entitled Klunkerz the Larkspur Canyon Gang has its own chapter.

Train Hopping–When Dave was in his teens and early 20s, for fun and adventure he and his pals rode freight trains all through the western states on a regular basis. Those trips remain some of the most intense and enjoyable times of his life.

Letters to the Editor–For much of his adult life, Dave has had fun writing letters to the editors of various newspapers around the country. The vast majority of them have been printed.

Dave’s finest moment in this endeavor came a few years back when correspondents on the TV news show 60 Minutes would read the occasional letter from its viewers on the air. Dave had seen several different segments over the months in which the late Ed Bradley had worn the same tie. He promptly fired off a whimsical letter to the show pointing out same and just as promptly forgot about it. Imagine his surprise when two weeks later, there’s Leslie Stahl reading his letter on national television, laughing and shaking her head. As a followup, Dave sent Ed a personal letter, requesting that Ed send him the tie, that it had ‘played’. Ed wrote back, saying he would think about sending it to him—“but only after it was too stained and frayed to wear anymore”. Alas, poor Ed passed away before he could follow through. (This was Dave’s one and only letter to the show, thus giving him bragging rights to the fact that 60 Minutes has aired every letter he ever sent them!)