Author David Chesanow
David Chesanow grew up in East Islip, Long Island. After sparing humanity by bombing out of the premed program at Johns Hopkins University, he majored in history (his real passion, not science) and somehow barely managed to get his B.A. in 1978. He moved to Manhattan, briefly attended Columbia University’s School of Advanced International Affairs and worked odd jobs before being hired as a copy editor at Dell Publishing Company, enabling him to draw a salary while indulging his love of books.
Despite having a great apartment in SoHo, David pursued his dream of moving to Japan in 1985, where he taught English in Tochigi Prefecture and Hokkaido (the northernmost of the five main islands) and developed a lifelong hatred of snow. In 1999, he moved back to the U.S. with his wife and three sons and settled in the South Puget Sound area of Washington State, reestablishing himself as a freelance copy editor for New York book publishers while also embarking on an exciting new career as a starving writer.
David is interested in a wide range of pop-cultural subjects, from doo-wop to roadside Americana to tattooing. An inveterate collector on a perpetually limited budget, he tries to limit himself to vintage boxing memorabilia, unusual autograph letters and off-beat illustration; sometimes he’s successful. He approaches collecting as student of history – i.e., as a means to preserve and build on our body of knowledge of a subject – and not as the mindless accumulation of “stuff.” He especially promotes collecting as a great educational pursuit for kids, believing you can still have a lot of fun and learn a lot while doing it on the cheap.