Some people might say that we are the time we waste. Other people might say that we are the time we made use of. There are a lot of us out there that have unfinished projects on the shelf, and there are a lot of us who haven’t even started one. When it comes to David Krump, I think time is irrelevant and he owns no shelves. He does, however, have a fire burning deep in his being, which is where he places all of his irons. Episode #011 is by far the longest one we’ve done, and it could have been even longer. David was such an easy guest to talk with. His range of interests are rivaled by few, which made this such a great interview. Whether it’s representing LaCrosse, Wisconsin’s 6th district on city council, launching his own independent brewery or even venturing into virtual reality, he still found time to sit down with us.
Show notes by, Matthew Schultz…
May 4, 1970
The Kent St. Massacre was where National Guard soldiers shot and killed 4 students, wounding 9 others while protesting the Cambodian Campaign during the Vietnam War. 67 rounds were spent over a period of 13 seconds. Some victims were just passersby. The Shootings were deemed justified, but none of the families saw justice, in any means. Once Neil Young heard the news he ran up into the woods and cried, then wrote “Ohio” in about 10 minutes.
Danesiah Neal, a 13 year old 8th grader, was arrested and threatened with felony charges (counterfeiting) after using a $2 bill to pay for lunch. Nobody knew what a two dollar bill was. Not the lunch person, not the school administrators and not the police. No apology has been issued by the school nor police, so let’s help her get it.
-McAuliffe Middle School (281) 634-3360
-Principal, Mary Brewster, Mary.Brewster@fortbendisd.com
-8th Grade Principal, James Kirkpatrick, James.Kirkpatrick@fortbendisd.com
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David studied English and Philosophy at Viterbo University and earned his Masters degree from University of Oxford. A 2015 Regional Finalist for the White House Fellowship, David represents the La Crosse’s 6th district on City Council. One thing we didn’t have a chance to discuss during the interview were David’s writing achievements. He’s received the Ruth Lilly Fellowship, The Poetry Foundation/Newberry Library Fellowship in American Poetry, the Lorine Niedecker award from the Council for Wisconsin Writers twice, and a few other awards. His writing appears in numerous journals and magazines. Two of his plays have been staged. 5,000 Pounds, which was filmed by Wisconsin Public Television, and Predator: The Musical co-written with Will Bulka and William Stobb, which ran consecutives summers in Chicago at Roundhouse Theater and 773.
One topic that I am sure made Doug salivate was David’s brewery. To be up and running very soon, David will be brewing his own beer with his own hops. Fantastic!!!
Virtual Reality has been around for awhile, but the technology has never really been there. In the world we live in today, the technology has evolved. Entertainment has always been the focus, but aren’t there more helpful uses for it? David is a partner in and serves as director of narrative development for a soon to launch Virtual Reality tech firm headquarted in Chicago, with offices in LA and Kansas City. They have finished their first investment round and are now in the R&D and demo and modeling phase. Without revealing too much, David was kind enough to share his newest endeavor.
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