Dave Nalle was born in Beirut, Lebanon while his parents were serving in the diplomatic service. His early childhood was spent all over the Middle East in countries like Syria, Iran and Jordan. His family eventually returned for two tours of duty in Washington DC before being sent abroad again. During his teens they lived in England and ultimately in the Soviet Union.

Dave was educated at American and British schools overseas, eventually completing high school at St. Albans School in Washington DC. From there he went to Franklin and Marshall College where he earned degrees in English and History. At F&M he headed the student chapter of Students for a Libertarian Society and worked as a regional organizer for the Ed Clark presidential campaign in 1980. During and after college Dave had a variety of political staff jobs in Washington, including working for Al Gore at the Congressional Clearinghouse on the Future as a newsletter editor, at the National Republican Senatorial Committee, and as publications director for Students for a Libertarian Society, where he edited and wrote for Liberty magazine.

While still working as a freelance writer and editor, Dave moved to Texas to attend graduate school at the University of Texas. He earned two graduate degrees at UT and ended up teaching college history in Austin for more than a decade. Graphic design experiences and his graduate research on historical calligraphy eventually led to an interest in digital type design, particularly in the area of antique type and fonts based on historical hand lettering.

In 1989 Dave founded The Scriptorium, a small company which produces original type designs and markets graphic design resources. Some of his early typeface designs were remarkably successful as shareware, and with the advent of the world wide web The Scriptorium has become a solidly profitable small business, selling fonts and other digital design resources worldwide to many major advertisers, designers and publishers. If you pick up a book, a video, a CD or a magazine, there’s an ever-increasing chance you’ll find one of his font designs lurking somewhere on it. Some of his coups include the selection of his fonts for a Disney theme park in Japan and as the official fonts for all the merchandising for the Lord of the Rings movies.

Dave has remained politically active, serving on the board of the Republican Liberty Caucus, as a GOP convention delegate, and running for State Representative in 2002. He’s currently president of his local Lions Club. His book of social commentary, Hollidays and Horrors is due out this fall from Octavo Press. His fiction, poetry, reviews and critical articles have appeared in newspapers and magazines all over the world.

Dave’s wife Patricia is a native Texan. They have a 16 year old daughter Caroline and a 6 year old Katie. They live just east of Austin in a conveniently located rural community with easy access to the city.

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  1. Dave:

    Good review. Doesn’t mean I agree with it 100% but it was still good.

    Send me a snail mail and I’ll send you a copy of the latest, A Desert Called Peace.


    Tom Kratman

  2. Bet that mystifies some people, but thanks for the comment and offer. I haven’t moved the review over here yet. Blogcritics likes us to keep material there semi-exclusive until the search engines and other outlets have picked it up, but I’ll be posting the review here too shortly.


  3. John, what big business do you think I’m a lackey for? I don’t even work for a big business. I started out working in the public sector then for 20 some years I was employed in academia and since then I’ve been self-employed.

    When it comes to business I’m the classic outsider. I think that entrepreneurism and creative small enterprises are the way of the future for America. Big businesses will always exist, but they’re dinosaurs in many ways.

    Maybe you ought to read a bit more carefully.


  4. Hey Dave – since we’re presenting at Blog World together on Wednesday, can we connect soon? Sorry to do this via comment – didn’t know how else to reach you. Feel free to delete it! 🙂


  5. I am seeking help to recovers monies taken from my mother by her preacher. My mother is a 73 year old retired nurse/missionary who is bi-polar. Her income is limited to social security at just over $800.00 a month. She is a very giving person and has always been active in the church. She even chose to move from Tulsa to Broken Arrow to follow her church when it moved from her neighborhood at 41st and Harvard. She bought a house (from the preacher) that we, her family, advised her was more upkeep than she could afford. The down payment came from an insurance settlement. The pastor knows of mother’s illness and she often thinks God heals her and goes off her meds.
    Mother had another insurance settlement come in at the same time a close family member dies and leaves her a small inheritance (amount yet to be determined). She has been off her meds for over a year and suddenly she thought she was Rockefeller. She told the pastor about her wealth and all of a sudden he has an 11 page power of attorney drawn up by the church attorneys, changes mothers’ bank accounts and puts his name on them even diverting her social security check to the new account. NEVER AT ANY TIME DID HE MAKE AN ATTEMP TO CONTACT THE FAMILY AND REPORT THATT MOTHER IS ACTING OUT AGAIN AND MAY NEED HELP. MOTHER HIDES HER MANIC FROM US. HE KNOWS THIS. WE HAVE HAD GUARDIANSHIP BEFORE AND STAY ACTIVE IN MOTHERS LIFE THO MY BROTHER AND I ARE OUT OF STATE. MY SON EVEN ATTENDS CHURCH WITH HER. THE PASTOR KNOWS OUR PHONE NUMBERS. I GAVE THEM TO HIM YEARS AGO.
    When mother started to purchase a house next to hers for a street mission she wanted to start (one of her delusions is that she always wants to help street people and often puts herself in danger seeking out questionable people to “save” in the name of Jesus) the pastor call the seller and told her mother lives in her own world and not to enter into a business contract with her. This just days after he drives her to the bank and takes out $7000.00 cash while she waited in the car. (He claims it was a gift to the church.) Mother tells us she doesn’t remember much of this. She revoked his POA less than a week after it was signed and said she never gave him permission to touch her bank accounts.
    We were told by the bank that we couldn’t close the accounts the pastor shared with mother until the temporary guardianship was permanent (Temporary started the first of October when we put her into protective custody to get her back on the meds) My son has full guardianship as of today 11/15/07. On November 5th the bank allowed the pastor to close the joint account taking the last $300.00 that we kept there because of her auto debits and insurance payment assigned to that account. He took it all. He allowed her to write a $12000.00 check to a mission in India that he sponsored through his church. (New Life Center in Broken Arrow). Mother paid a cab driver $5000.00 to driver her to California (a woman who screams at ever bump in the road due to sever back trouble) because she thought she could get her inheritance faster. The pastor, who had POA, who was supposed to be acting in her best interest knew this. AND STILL NEVER CONTACTED THE FAMILY. It was a manic call to my brother, in California, by mother that alerted us. My brother could tell in her voice something was off and immediately called me in Arkansas. We gathered with my son, got her in proactive custody and are still unraveling all the mess. Every step we take forward in trying to get mothers life back to normal we are blocked by what this MAN OF GOD did in THE NAME OF GOD to my mother!
    He has left her broke and owing medical bills that much of the insurance settlement was to go for! She will lose her home now. Because of him! Please is there any way you can help us recover her money? We have guessed the amount so far is almost $30,000.00 in the last 3 months not to mention he accepted several hundred dollars a month from her in tithe and offering over the last year. Again, from a woman who only makes $800.00 a month! The church knew she was poor. They even paid her house taxes last year as a Christmas gift so she could keep her home. How many other little old ladies is their man feeding on?
    Please, can we stop him????
    Deborah Dye

  6. Deb, this is not the kind of thing which a posting on a blog is likely to solve. You ought to contact a lawyer and perhaps the district attorney’s office in the jurisdiction where this predatory preacher operates. They will be able to do a lot more for you.


  7. Hey Dave. It’s Renee from the convention. I must say, I like what you have to say! I’ll discuss more with you when I attend the Lions meeting in a few weeks. I look forward to talking. I’m happy that you are going to the state with Matthew. Talke to you soon
    Renee’ Bekkelund

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