Famous contemporary American non-fiction writer, Dave Pelzer, has written several books that are autobiographical in nature, and most of these works qualify as self-help books. He is most famous for his book, “A Child Called It”, which was published in 1995 and details Dave’s childhood of abuse, and has remained for many years on the “New York Times” Bestseller List.
Dave was born David James Pelzer on the 29th of December 29, 1960 in San Francisco, California. He was the second-born among 5 siblings and was raised in the Daly City by his parents Stephen Joseph and Catherine Roerva Christen Pelzer.
When you get to read Dave’s books, it would make you want to know more about him. Well, here are some interesting facts to feed your curiosity about this popular author.
During his childhood, Dave was consistently abused by his mentally deranged and alcoholic mother. In fact, the severity of the maltreatment almost took his life on several occasions, and it was not until he turned 12 when his teacher intervened and placed Dave in foster care. Social services have even deemed the abuse as gruesome and most horrendous of all similar cases that were reported in California during that time.
Before the Fame
Before he became famous, Dave joined the US Air Force at the age of 18. He rendered his services in the Gulf War as a fighter pilot and then earned the title, “California Volunteer of the Year”, as he was given the JC Penney Golden Rule Award in 1990. Also during this time, he has transformed into a highly accomplished person, earning more prestigious awards and titles. Moreover, he was commended by the Presidents of USA. He was named one of the Ten Outstanding Americans in 1993.
In terms of media association, “A Child Called It” was read by Olivia Colman’s character in the British television series titled “Peep Show”.
Those who know Dave well describe him as “Will Rogers meets Clint Eastwood”. Add to this reputation a combination of tenacity and wholesomeness, and you will have yourself Dave—a determined person who cultivates justice, truth and the American way. And as much as he admires his favorite movie heroes, he does not really consider them his true heroes, but instead those who make sacrifices day in and day out, such as teachers, police officers, social workers and foster parents, and those who have a direct impact on the lives of other people in need.
Dave’s favorite kinds of presentation are when he uses his David Letterman-like opening and when he weaves in his excellent impersonations of various fictional characters, like Dr. Evil and Darth Vader, and personalities, like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Clint Eastwood and US Presidents Bush Sr. and Clinton.
While terms, such as “appreciative”, “humble”, “tenacious” and “focused”, describe Dave, he can be instantly cold, brood and extremely impatient, given the circumstances.
Dave is the brother of fellow memoir writer, Richard Pelzer, and had one son with Patsy, his first wife, before getting married to editor, Marsha Pelzer.