Dave Block was born and raised in Rockford IL, (Home of Hall Of Fame Rock Band “Cheap Trick”). He moved to South Beloit, IL in 2007 with his (then) wife to be closer to her family. he divorced and stayed in South Beloit. He met his fiancé who lived in Beloit and moved in with her about three years ago.
Dave works as a Traffic Dispatcher and TV Reporter for Frito-Lay, and he is also an author, podcast host, indie filmmaker, actor, and owns a Beard Oil Company.
When asked about his passions, he said, “I’m very passionate about sobriety and people truly being themselves, so much of society conforms to what people want them to be and they develop anxiety or depression whereas if they were themselves and didn’t worry about what others thought about them they’d be healthier and happier. I’m passionate about my book and my podcasts, I truly enjoy entertaining and making others feel good about themselves and happy.”
The thing he is most proud of is, “My sobriety combined with my first book, “Dave’s Not Here.” I never in a million years thought I’d quit drinking let alone write a book. I’ve written plenty of poems and songs and quite a few movie scripts but never did I think I’d write and publish a book and now I’ve got seven more on the way. One at a time.”
He added, “I’m a sincere, fun and energetic person who just wants to love and help everyone I can. I am one of those old fashioned guys that would literally give you the shirt off my back if you needed it. I also write my books in an effort to help others and I do it for the right reason: To help others. I don’t do any of what I do to become famous or rich. In fact, I’ve (to date) given more of my book away than I’ve sold it. I would rather give it away if I felt it would help someone than deny them the chance of reading it because they couldn’t afford it. I was an alcoholic and an addict, I did very many bad things in my life I am not proud of. I’ve learned from them and changed my life around. I want people to know that even in your worst situation you can turn it all around and live a happier life than you could ever imagine. I’ve finally found out what the meaning of true happiness and Joy is and it has nothing to do with money and being rich.”
Dave ended the interview with this story of hope, “I grew up a Cop’s kid and a Respiratory Therapist’s kid. So if I was up to no good one of them would know. But my acting ability (I’ve been acting since I was 7) enabled me to keep my secret life of drugs, alcohol, sex, depression and self-harm (cutting, burning myself) hidden from them. I’ve been there and done that and even attempted suicide once but today I’m happier than ever. I was a senior in High School and my parents were away out of town, I got into my stash of alcohol and got so drunk I threw up everywhere and passed out. The next night I was to perform in the school play. I was so hung over and sick but in the biz we say “The show must go on!” So I put on my actor mode and went on stage. In front of 3 state judges (for placement in the State play competition) and at the end of the night they had no idea I was the one that was “sick.” We did so well we did go downstate to compete but we did not win anything. That’s kind of how my life was up until I got sober. I would act like everything was normal, fooling everyone including myself.”
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Enjoy Dave’s responses to the Bonus questions.
What has the greatest loss in your life been?
Time. I spent so much time either drunk, high or severely depressed or angry that I missed out on a lot of things. Mostly time spent with loved ones that are no longer with us.
What is one law you would do away with?
I will get some flack for this but I think the legal age to own a firearm should be nationwide at 21. Regardless of handgun or rifle/shotgun, it should be 21. I know an 18-year-old can join the army and shoot at the enemy but that’s just it the enemy. What kind of enemy would an average 18-year-old kid from Idaho have that would necessitate the need to have a firearm?
If you could cure one disease in the world what it be?
What a great and tough question, I would say Cancer. Why? Soo many people are affected by the aftermath of cancer and there seems to be no sight of a cure in our lifetime.
What advice would you give the teenage you?
Speak up, tell someone how you feel, and what you’re doing to yourself. Had I had the courage to talk to anyone about what was really going on inside my head I would’ve turned out differently. Although as I re-read that I think I would actually say “It gets better” because I truly believe I experienced EVERY SINGLE THING in my life to get me to where I am today. My acting career has prepared me to speak in public about depression, suicide awareness, and alcoholism. I feel I went through everything so I can help and try to prevent others from doing the same. So yeah I’d say “It gets better!”
One person living or dead you would love to hang out with for a day?
Kevin Smith What would you do? Pick his brain on movie making for an hour or so, watch a few films with him and talk and get to know him on a more personal level.
What is one meal or food you could eat every day and not get tired of?
I really love Chinese food, particularly Beef Fried Rice. It has to be made with no peas or carrots though I’m allergic to carrots and not a big fan of peas in my rice.
What is your favorite novel and what does it say about your mind?
To be 100% honest I’ve never really finished a book. The only book I’ve read cover to cover (quite a few times now) was my own. I think it says I want it to be perfect in every way, providing insight into what was going through the mind of a depressed alcoholic, drug addict, sex addict and how that affected my decisions, actions and words.
Who is your favorite artist and what does their work say about the way you think?
I am a big fan of both Nicholas Cage and Russell Crowe. I have no clue what that says about the way I think. Other than I think I kind of model my acting career or would like to be like them some day in acting. I’d love to work with either, of course, so If you got connections on that let me know
If you were president and could enact any law outright, what would it be?
Good FREE healthcare for every American. Canada does it, we have so many people who need health care and can’t get it. Especially our vets who are homeless and struggle with addiction and or PTSD. The first thing I’d do is help our citizens, providing medical care to all of them free of charge would free up so much burden on them.
Do you think World Peace is possible?
Yes absolutely. What one thing do you think might be the first step in the direction of it? World leaders (Prime Ministers, Presidents etc.) who have the best interest of the human race is what we need. Most politicians are crooked and care only about money and not what’s best for their citizens. If the World Leaders began caring seriously about the human race we would be in a much better place than we are today. Once we all are taken seriously and shown compassion there would be less war and fighting. People would celebrate our diversity rather than oppose and hate/fear it.
What was your favorite meal growing up?
Tuna noodle casserole. Absolutely loved that!
I always had a thing for Courtney Thorne Smith.
What is the coolest thing you ever won?
A cruise for two aboard the Bud Light Port Paradise Crusie. Free beer and concerts all weekend in the Bahamas. (IT was pretty cool when I drank).
What three things, would you have on a desert island? Anything!
Joy, an endless supply of my favorite music and a house.
What is the craziest thing you’ve ever seen?
I used to be a local delivery guy and the customer told me to come in and she was completely naked (fresh out the shower)… She was almost 90.
Three songs on your funeral playlist?
Amazing Grace (Bagpipe-version of course), man this is a tough one. Just A Closer Walk With Thee (one of my grandpa’s favorite song and he said when he dies he wants it played and I agree with that), I guess the other should be…Waitin for the light to shine (from Big River (Musical).
Do you have any addictions or obsessions?
I tend to binge watch Tv Series on Netflix quite a bit. I have an addictive personality and because of that, I get mini-addictions and once I notice they’re becoming an addiction I stop and spend my attention and focus on something else. But I’m okay with the binge watching…. For now.
Do you have a pet? What’s its name? How’d it get that name?
Yes, 2 dogs. The boy is Phoenix (resting) and The girl is Harley (Walking). Phoenix I named after the mythical creature. Ever since my sobriety date I’ve kind of made the spirit of the Phoenix my mantra. Hence the name for the beard oil company. Harley is Joy’s baby-girl. Joy loves Harley motorcycles and I believe that is why she went with that. They’re brother and sister too.
What is one attribute you got from your Mom? How has it been a benefit to your life?
My big heart.I’m a big romantic sap, I’m can be very sweet and I love everyone whether they’ve done me wrong or not. For a big part of my life, I was a very vengeful angry man who hated everyone. That was not the real me. That was the addict, alcoholic Dave and I’m very glad I’m back.
What is one attribute you got from your Dad? How has it been a benefit to your life?
Strong and determined. My dad is one of the strongest most bad ass guys I know. He’s been through a lot and he’s never cracked and snapped. Never turned to alcohol and drugs, he is a Rock. It’s given me the attitude that I truly can do anything I put my mind to. If I don’t succeed I’ll try and keep trying until I get it done.