Rosanne Jung and I met in high school choir in 1965. We were married in 1967 at Amarillo Air Force Base, but moved back to St. Paul after my military service was completed. We have five children, Deb, Deanna, Dave, Dan, and Dawn - four are married. We have 10 grandchildren.
In 1986 I wrote my first book, Smokie's Last Job. In December 2018, I released my 49th book. So, I write books. Biographical and true crime. Public policy. Health Care. Some fiction. I help others with their books, too, as an editor, co-author, and publisher - See Alethos Press. Nineteen of those books focused on health care.
As a main stage and seminar speaker across the country my talks are about health care, American Government, and a variety of contemporary issues.
For more than 20 years I've taught American Government--For Real!!, a survey course for high school, home schooled students, at YEAH Academy in St. Paul. The 2019 Session of Student Senate is the 18th year I have led this student practicum in making laws - I love it. Contemporary Issues gives me a chance to share critical learning about the issues with which today's young people contend.
I've written and conducted more than a dozen continuing education courses about the U.S. Health Care system for professional insurance brokers and consultants.
In 2009, I received my Master of Letters Degree from Oxford Graduate School. Prior to that, i completed (and wrote) scores of industry and professional courses. I started as a music education major at Macalaster College in St. Paul, then the University of Minnesota. Later, I majored in Educational Psychology at the University of Southern Mississippi.
After serving four years in the United States Air Force (1967-1971) I worked for a time in retail and wholesale furniture sales. Since 1974, I've been self-employed in several different capacities - ServiceMaster, public policy groups, publisher of Dave Racer's Minnesota Report, host of The Dave Racer Show (talk radio), today as a free lance author, writer, publisher, and speaker.
Presently I am a board member of the Minnesota Physician-Patient Alliance, of the MN Independent Practice Association, as well as a member of the Minnesota Association of Health Underwriters - where I sit on the Legislative Committee. I am a lifetime attender and member of the First Evangelical Free Church of Maplewood, Minnesota.
In 1996, I served as the National Campaign Manager for Alan Keyes for President. Four other times the GOP endorsed me as a candidate for the Minnesota legislature, and I served one term as the Minnesota State Chair of the Reform Party. I have been a political party delegate to local, congressional, state, and national conventions.