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David Rives

Profile Updated: April 18, 2022
Residence:
Liberty, MO USA
Spouse/Partner:
Catherine
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Occupation:
Writer
Children:
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.

Grandchildren:

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

School Story:

The Merciless Pistons. 'Nuff said?

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May 06, 2024 at 11:02 AM

One fascinating thing about African Grey's I doubt you would know: when a group of them gets frightened, they make a round cluster with each other, noses to the center of the cluster, red tails out, which makes the whole thing look like a gray "shrub" (like, a green shrub, but with the morning dew on it), with red flowers all over it, thereby fooling potential predators into thinking what they're looking at is simply a bush, not a prospective meal.
Also, don't know if you know it (though you probably do): their favorite food (in fact, virtually their only food in the wild) is sweet potatoes.

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May 06, 2024 at 8:49 AM

Do you still have the parrot? I have a blue-and-gold macaw; just turned 40.
Used to actually import parrots, until the larger importers got together with the USDA (who oversaw importation) and worked out a way to wipe us smaller importers out, which they did. Unfortunately, I was unwilling to go down without a fight, which eventually earned me a two-year stint in Lompoc Federal Prison Camp.

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May 06, 2024 at 8:26 AM

Always admired you and envied you. Not just for your God-given athletic ability, but the fact that, while most of us Mumford grads were flopping around like fish out of water, having not a clue what we wanted to do in life/be in life, you apparently knew exactly what you wanted to do/be: the "King of Menswear"! While we were beating our brains in, trying to learn subjects we knew we'd never use, you were making freakin' TV commercials! With the Van Arsdale twins, no less!
Yes, you and I had our "differences"; lots of kids do. But I want to personally thank you for being a role model for me; letting me know that it's OK to be what you want to be, rather than what others THINK you should be.
Yes, I know, not every day of your life has been a "bowl of cherries"; whose life has? But hopefully, that's all behind you now, and you can enjoy your Golden Years with your lovely wife and three terrific sons!
Love ya,
David

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May 06, 2024 at 7:51 AM

"Larry Brilliant." Tough name to live up to, but it looks like you've done it. Congrats!
Still have the white T-Bird; 1957 model, if memory serves?

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Mar 19, 2024 at 10:17 PM

Since you mentioned the Krim theater, Roger: met the owner, Max Krim, one day.  He had parked his car on 7 Mile Road, right in front of U of D High School. on his way to Beth Abraham Synagog, on the corner of 7 Mile and Roselawn.  The car was a Dual Ghia--https://www.hagerty.com/valuation-tools/dual~ghia/hemi/1957/1957-dual~ghia-hemi.  It had a badge on the front quarter panel: "Carrozzeria Ghia/Torino".  Was the only one I ever saw in Detroit.

And, as I've mentioned previously, I, too, loved Ron, who was absolutely unique for Mumford: direct, no B.S., no "airs"; riding around with all his buddies in his Buick (were you one of those guys?) 

Of course, the only reason I got to know Ron at all is he was good friends with a girl I was in love with: Susan Elkind, who passed very young, apparently of a drug overdose (did you know her?  She was beautiful; wonderful pianist).

Anyway, hope you stay healthy, and get to see me on TV, later in the year.

Love, 

David Rives

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Pick-up baseball game at Mumford.  Large guy playing first base; had never seen him before.

Batter hits a ground ball to the shortstop, who throws over to first base.  Ball takes a short hop about two feet in front of first baseman -- one of the hardest catches in baseball to make.  First baseman leans down and backhands the short hop as if it were the esiest thing in the world to do.  My jaw drops, and stays dropped for a good minute.  Had never seen someone make such a difficult play so nonchalantly -- especially someone in his mid-teens.

Over and above all the other Hall of Fame things he went on to do, that, to me, was Frank Goldberg.

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Re the motorcycle picture: Still remember riding around on the back of that bike. Maybe my greatest thrill at Michigan. Probably the reason I got my own bike (1978 Honda CK 750, single overhead cam 4-cylinder) the first chance I got. Sad that Marshall Rubinoff's experience with motorcycling didn't end as successfully as yours More…

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Posted on: Aug 14, 2023 at 5:42 PM

Marshall: Not seeing much of an "updated profile"(??)
How've you been? Are either of your brothers still with us: David and (I believe) Michael?
Fond memories of Woodhull Lake, your cottage on the corner, a block up from The Big House.
Remember when you got the beagle puppy; you called it a "bagel" puppy, which, as 12-year-olds, we found hilarious!
Remember you living in the "old neighborhood" (Dexter/Linwood/Davison/etc.) quite a while after most everyone else had moved up to the Woodward-Livernois-Wyoming-Meyers "corridor". And then, when you DID move, doing it with a splash: gorgeous T-Bird; swanky leather jackets, etc.
Can't remember why the sudden change in "situation" (thought it had to do with some sort of real estate deal [or business] that finally "broke through").
Anyway, if you'd like to reminisce a little more, feel free to email me — davidrives@hotmail.com — or call: (805) 901-6071.
Love ya!

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Jul 17, 2023 at 12:02 AM

A real "pepper pot".  A go-getter.  Never a "down" moment.

Remember Share Pharmacy, just off of 6 Mile, near Palmer Park.

Remember Jerry's lovely home on Pennington, a couple doors north of Margareta.

Sad that we never got together in later years, even though we lived just a half-hour away from each other -- I, in Liberty, Missouri, Jerry in Overland Park, Kansas, possibly the most upscale city in the entire state (think our own Sherwood Forest and Palmer Woods).

Glad we got to know each other, my friend.

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

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