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The Lost Boy

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Victoria McAlister

on 6 January 2014

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The Lost Boy
The inspirational story of Dave Pelzer from ages 12-18
By: Victoria McAlister
Childhood History
Dave Pelzer was born on December 26, 1960 and was brutally beaten, starved, burned, and stabbed as a kid by his emotionally unstable, alcoholic mother.
He was considered a slave in the household and was called an "it".
He was forced to sleep on a cot in the basement with no blankets.
School was the only place Dave could steal food; however, he was forced to throw up everyday after school to prove he did not commit any crimes.
Dave had no friends and was picked on by his classmates due to having to wear worn down rags as clothes.
He was finally rescued from his terrifying home life and put in a foster care system where he moved in and out of five different homes.
Dave was a foster child from ages 12 to 18, where he then became an adult.
Dave's biological parents are Stephen Joseph Pelzer, a local firefighter, and Catherine Roerva Christen Pelzer, a stay at home mom.
Both were major alcoholics, but only Catherine abused Dave.
There were five kids in all, Dave being the 4th child.
Dave grew up having many parents due to being a foster child.
Where is home?
Dave grew up in a small, green house on 40 Crestline Avenue, Daly City, California, until he was 12.
Because of being in foster care, Dave never had a true home.
"Home," as Dave said,"is wherever I'm accepted. I will never be accepted."
Hobbies, Sports, and Exciting Information
Dave liked to read books! He said it eased his pain and let him escape into a world of adventure.
He loved to ride his bike during the day and even at night. He thought of it as his only worthy possession.
Dave wasn't much of a sporty kid. He tried learning to play basketball but was never good at grasping the concept of the games.
Dave was a very wondrous boy; he often got excited about action packed movies such as James Bond, or Mission: Impossible.
As he grew older, Dave got into the bad groups at school and began stealing and damaging others personal property.
He wanted to make known to others that he was not weak like he used to be and was able to manage for himself.
What is Dave doing now?
Before he was 18, Dave dropped out of school, began selling cars, became a stuntman, and eventually went into the Air Force without a High School Diploma.
While serving in the Air Force, Dave worked in juvenile hall and other youth programs.
Dave is currently working on books based on overcoming obstacles and achieving ones innermost best.
Dave has written 7 inspirational books; As an author Dave is the first to have four # 1 International Best Sellers and to have four books simultaneously on the New York Times Best Sellers List.
Dave's first wife was Phyliss Pelzer and after their divorce he married his second wife, Martha Pelzer. He is divorced and not remarried.
He has a son named after his father, Stephen.
Dave and his son now live a quiet life at the Russian River, in Guerneville, California, with his box turtle named Chuck.
Dave mostly spends his time writing and traveling throughout the nation promoting inspiration and resilience.
Dave plays the piano on his free time.
He loves being with his son and visiting his foster parents.
Dave will occasionally play golf; he still is not very sporty.
Exciting Tidbits?
Dave has a great sense of humor, positive self-esteem and goal achievement, and a unique way of presenting and overcoming obstacles.
He has started programs on child abuse prevention, drug and alcohol awareness, and personal responsibility.
Personal commendations from former Presidents Ronald Reagan, George Bush, and Clinton.
Recipient of the 1990 J.C. Penney Golden Rule Award, making him the California Volunteer of the Year.
In 1993 Dave was honored as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Americans (TOYA), joining a group of Alumni that includes Chuck Yeager, Christopher Reeve, Anne Bancroft, John F. Kennedy, Orson Welles, and Walt Disney.
Only American to be selected as one of The Outstanding Young Persons of the World (TOYP)
Dave was allowed to carry the Centennial Olympic Torch.
Dave has a conflict internally and externally. The internal conflict is how he feels sad and worthless after all those early years of abuse. The external conflict is between David and his mother. When David was about seven to nine, he was excessively abused by his mother. Therefore, with the frequent visits she pays him at his different foster homes, she acts as though he is still worthless.
He also had a conflict through out his teenage years trying to fit in with society. All Dave wanted was to be loved by a family and be a normal teenager, but because of his past and what he went through, it would have never happened.
Works Cited
Offline information came from The Lost Boy: A Foster Child's Search for the Love of a Family by Dave Pelzer
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