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David Rives

Profile Updated: April 18, 2022
Liberty, MO USA
Adam, born 1979; Orthopedic Surgeron in Santa Barbara, CA.
Graham, born 1982; living in Richmond, More…VA area; works for Mergers & Acquisitions firm, based in NY.
Both graduated from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine.
Elementary School:

Hampton (K-4); Bagley (5-6)

Work History:

Have published five books -- Walk Yourself Thin; Walk Yourself Fit; Enough is Enough: the Cure for Overweight and Obesity; The Discontented Rabbit; and Dying for a Smoke -- to try to do what I thought I was going to medical school to do -- prevent disease, since there are so few we can cure -- but found out that was not the best place for that, since there was so much that had to be learned about INTERventive medicine that there was no time left over for PREventive medicine. So, I left, went to California (where, it seemed, all new things start out [and where there's VERY little discussion about "wind chill" and "blowing snow", etc.]) and eventually did what I wanted to do ("eventually," because I arrived in California in February of 1968, the month of the Tet Offensive in Viet Nam, and suddenly I and millions of other under-26 Americans started looking like peachy-keen cannon fodder to the U. S. military. Thus began a multi-year odyssey around the draft, which odyssey included an appearance on a TV game show ("You Don't Say!"), where I won $2,400 (a lot of money, back in 1969), and a new Pontiac!
Anyway, eventually wrote the books and am still pushing them.
Many other adventures in the intervening years, not all of which earned me a stretch in Federal prison, which I'll be happy to discuss with anyone who's interested. Just give me a call: (800) 522-7735.


Brendan Rives, born 2019
Everett Rives, born 2017
Emelia Rives, born 2019.

School Story:

The Merciless Pistons. 'Nuff said?

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Mar 27, 2023 at 8:27 AM

Happy Birthday, Irv. Any updates on your work (cancer, etc.)? BTW, was I wrong in saying, five years ago, that it's likely that you owe your whole career to mainly one man: Mr. Strzepek?

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Mar 14, 2023 at 4:40 PM

How ya doin', old "partner-in-crime" (cf, "The Merciless Pistons"?)

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Nov 25, 2022 at 2:27 PM

Still remember when you got accepted to Berkeley. "'Berkeley?!', I thought. "Who the hell goes 2,000 miles to go to college, when you've got U of M all of 44 miles up the train tracks?!" It was as shocking as if you had said, "I just got acce[ted to the University of the MOON"!
Obviously, I never found out exactly how it went at Berkeley, so, when you've got a minute……

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Posted on: Sep 08, 2022 at 8:08 AM

Happy Birthday, Hugh ("Hugh"??)

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Posted on: Jul 06, 2022 at 6:55 AM

Will never forget how you (and Dan Rosenshine, may he rest in peace) shocked everyone with your National Merit Scholarship score! If I remember right, you got 149 and Dan got 150, to lead our class. Am I close?

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Posted on: May 28, 2022 at 2:01 PM

It says you were born in 1928. That must have made you, at 33, one of the oldest grads in Mumford history! So, what does it feel like, to be 94 in a week? Must make you one of the oldest LAW PROFESSORS in history!

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Posted on: May 28, 2022 at 1:53 PM

Judy: Thanks for keeping me alive in junior high school by giving me your pie crusts. Guess there's no depth too low for a food addict to stoop, to feed his addiction — even a 12-year-old addict. Am still, 65 years later, trying to find dinner rolls and tomato soup to match what the kitchen staff served us at Post.

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May 05, 2022 at 9:24 AM

Happy Birthday, Larry.
Yes, our class — and the world — knows you as the one who single-handedly rid the world of smallpox (well, almost single-handedly!) However, my fondest memory of you was when you came up to Ann Arbor one night, in your ('57?) white T-Bird, to visit my med school roommate at the time, Bob Schore (may he rest in peace). You invited me to come out to the car, whence you turned on the sound system — which had, like, 42 speakers, if memory serves — which absolutely blew me away! So, thanks for that.
Anyway, if you send me a copy of YOUR book (though it was wonderfully reviewed in Costco "Connections", they somehow forgot to put copies in the store), I'll send you one or more of MINE (which you can find snippets of on my website: www.MoonRiverPublishing.com): "Walk Yourself Fit"; "Enough is Enough: The Cure for Overweight and Obesity"; "Dying for a Smoke": and/or "The Discontented Rabbit" — especially that last, if you have any "little ones" in your life: kids, grandkids, etc. My address is: 812 Natchez Ave. Liberty, MO 64068. Love you, man!

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Apr 02, 2022 at 7:33 AM

Oh, and congrats on being a member of what I assume is a fairly-exclusive group: people with a palindromic last name!

Apr 02, 2022 at 7:31 AM

Though I think I've mentioned this elsewhere: I still remember the day you moved into your house on Stoepel. I also remember a really authentic-looking toy rifle you had. Do you?
Happy Birthday!

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Mar 23, 2022 at 9:43 AM

Happy Birthday, Elvis!

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Mar 09, 2022 at 12:34 PM

Posted on: Mar 09, 2022 at 7:43 AM

Did you do the walk to Ann Arbor? You might want to google "Irving Wainer," our classmate, who had no idea what he wanted to be in life, until he took Mr. Strepek's class, from which point it was "Katie-bar-the-door" as far as Irv's career was concerned: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23937128/

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