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An Interview with Author David “Letterman” Knoderer
by Adam Scull
Why does a young man abandon everything to head out on the highway? Where will it take him? Using the road metaphor, the author reveals the discovery of a life that took off like a rocket when he followed that inner urging and hit the road. Withdrawn because of a strict and impersonal father, this intensely creative teenager launched himself into the strange and exciting world of the traveling big-top circus.
Developing the mindset of an entertainer, he found harmony with horses and personal expression as a sign painter. He learned rare skills in an itinerate culture that would benefit him his entire life. Yet, hitting bottom as an alcoholic brought everything to a screeching halt. This On the Road memoir shows how the author evolved into a premier producer of airbrushed murals, gold leaf monograms, delicate hand-painted artwork, and pinstriping motorcycles. Life’s surprise twists and turns lead to anger, pain, and disappointment but ultimately to love and restoration.
These coming-of-age stories celebrate the transformation from the dysfunction and trauma of the past to the joy and fulfillment that result from unexpected encounters and experiences. Every life is different, but chances are you can relate to: — The father who causes anger and frustration– A disturbing family dynamic– The boy who withdraws from friends because of embarrassment– Feelings of inadequacy and rebellion– Life as a misfit– The decision to run away to find oneself.
Hear and read about the excitement, adventure, and danger of traveling and performing with the circus. The turbulence between father and son causes the secret world of imagination. A series of influential people touched a young man’s life, giving him courage and direction. What is it like to hit bottom as an alcoholic and find yourself forced to make some hard decisions? Is it even possible to discover true meaning in life and reach a point of happiness? Today, Letterfly is a renowned artist, speaker, and spiritual seeker in the modern world of gigabytes, impulsive distractions, and emerging societal insanity. Take a journey with Artist Dave “Letterfly” Knoderer, a man who was broken in many ways yet found a path toward the light. The conclusion is one of hope and enlightenment that will leave you wondering about your trek down the Road of Life.