David Saks: Ten Things About My Past You Didn't Know

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Ten Things About My Past You Didn't Know

David Saks & His Mother 1953

1. I lived in Israel for almost a year, 1974. I drove a tractor near Haifa for part of the year and worked with chemists near Bethlehem to extract impurities from metals that were processed for munitions.


2. I had a conversation with B F Skinner while he was still teaching in Boston in 1972. I was visiting Harvard (my girlfriend's uncle was a professor there. His name was John Kenneth Galbraith) and attended a student leadership training conference while there prior to leaving for the Poconos. I called Dr Skinner and asked him how he was doing. He invited me for coffee. I was 19 years old. Dr Skinner wrote "Walden II".


3. I helped a friend judge bikini contests in Clearwater, Florida in 1975. When I returned from San Francisco one of my college pals invited me to hang out with him in Florida, and we shared a condo together. He worked for Plough Inc. and represented Coppertone Tanning Products. He had the job of a lifetime judging bikini contests and I helped him for a few weeks



4. I was a piano student of Johnny Mathis' piano teacher, Art Bayer, in 1975 in San Francisco. At the same time I was composing and working on my first published and recorded works for piano. I had a part time job working in a clothing store where the Pointer Sisters loved to shop. I lived in Berkeley for a short time and moved to the city in the early spring.


5. I played in Steinway Hall in both New York and London in 1974 between flights. I made few extra stops between Israel and New York, had this great opportunity, and was given a personal tour of the Steinway factory in Long Island.


6. I played solo piano for 30 minutes at an Allman Brothers concert at the same place where the Beatles played in Memphis. The Allman Brothers were late arriving fo the show so the Coliseum manager asked me to play solo while the audiences were arriving and settling in.


7. I flew in a Blue Angels Air show in 1984 at the Naval Air Station in Millington, Tennessee. I had an opportunity to fly an old warbird with another pilot.


8. I played chess with the great songwriter, John Hartford in the Ozarks. John was there for a bluegrass festival that I attended. I play the banjo, too, but the old style mountain claw-hammer way. We broke the monotony by playing chess together. I beat him. 


9. I tuned Bob Dylan's piano in Greenwich village. I was at Folk City in the Village and Bob's mentor, Mike Porco, asked me to play. The piano was out of tune so I went out, bought a tuning hammer, came back and tuned it.


10. I spent the day with Pete and Toshi Seeger, had ice cream with them in 1991 and drove them to the airport.  Pete was here for the dedication of the National Civil Rights Museum and he called me while I was at home and invited me to spend the day with him, his wife and their grandson, Tao.





I was at Elvis Presley's home the day he died and left Graceland about 30 minutes before the ambulance arrived. Around 1pm August 16, 1977. I was visiting his Uncle with a friend of mine from Great Britain.


And now for fun:


I spent the day with

Eddie Haskell (ken Osmond) and

Lumpy (the late Frank Bank) from

'Leave It to Beaver'

in 2003


David Saks

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Comment balloon 14 commentsDavid Saks • August 04 2013 07:51PM


Hi David,

You have had some exciting thing happen in your life. Thanks for sharing with us.

Posted by Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning (Sun Lakes Realty) over 6 years ago

David, Holy Cow!!! That's some exciting stuff with extraordinarily famous people.  My 10 things will sound so boring in comparison.  I was a psychology undergrad at UCLA from '67-'71 and BF Skinner was godlike.  Galbraith was an advisor to JFK.  Are you still involved with playing music or composing?

Posted by Lloyd Binen, Silicon Valley Realtor since 1976; 408-373-4411 (Certified Realty Services) over 6 years ago

Just another day of livin', Kristin :-) Life is a wonderful thing. Nice to hear from you.

Posted by David Saks ((retired)) over 6 years ago

I forgot to mention, Lloyd, that Paul McCartney was here with Linda in the early nineties for a show. Blair Cunningham's ( Paul's drummer at the time ) brother Roy was a friend of mine. While Paul and Linda were here they stayed at Blair and Roy's parent's home in southeast Memphis for the duration of the concert. Roy suggested that they call me to show them around town. I was away when they called. I was out goofing around with other musicians that afternoon. I had a bad day after I found out that I missed the call to be with them.

I was a guest in Dr Galbraith's home in 1972. He left thst week for the broadcast of the 72 democratic convention which he provided the commentary for with William F Buckley. Dr Galbraith's children, Susan and Charles, were with us. His niece was a student at Tuft's, from Pound Ridge, NY, so I spent a few days with her in that part of the state and in Stamford, Connecticut. We loved the bowling alley in Stamford.

Steve Jobs was here for a few days before he passed away. He moved into a home next door to an old friend of mine while he was being treated. I wish that I could have spent some time with him while he was here. I feel like I could have cheered him up with some laughs. I wish that I could have gotten to know him. He was a stones throw from me. Being from Silicon, I thought you might like to know about that, Lloyd. Memphis was his home before he passed away, for a moment in time. I'm very glad that he was here.

I still play. It's a little tougher for me. My hands aren't as strong. But I try.

Nice to hear from you.

Posted by David Saks ((retired)) over 6 years ago

Good morning David. This is such a neat blog. You clearly have had a wide range of experiences and known some very recognizable folks. Great story and read.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) over 6 years ago

David -- thank you for sharing your past - with its exciting cross section of contacts - which helps some of the rest of us figure out how to approach this.

Posted by Steven Cook (No Longer Processing Mortgages.) over 6 years ago

What an amazing past! I have been to Graceland, it was not what I expected at all! Must have been something while Elvis was alive. So glad you wrote this post. 

Posted by Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395 (Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395) over 6 years ago

Thanks, Sheila. I know it's a mouthful for me, and hard for me to even believe that I did some of these things, but it was fun. Life should be, to some extent, anyway.

Posted by David Saks ((retired)) over 6 years ago

Thanks, Steven. I guess I live in a glass house sometimes.

Posted by David Saks ((retired)) over 6 years ago

Pretty interesting life you have had David. I enjoyed reading it and appreciate you sharing with us

Posted by Sharon Lee, Retired and loving life (Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance) over 6 years ago

I was at the wake the next day, Karen. I was able to get through the thousands and thousands of mourners to the Graceland gate. When his uncle saw me he had the guards open the gate and requested that Memphis Police Officers guarding the mansion escort me up the drive to the entrance. Elvis was in the foyer. I leaned over the velvet rope in front of his casket and grabbed the sides of his casket. I looked down at him to tell him goodbye and dripped tears on his shirt. There was no one like him. He was just one of us when he was at home, and he wanted to be treated that way. Everyone loved him. Thanks for your note.

Posted by David Saks ((retired)) over 6 years ago

Sharing is a part of good ol' Southern Hospitality, Sharon. Thanks for your kind words.

Posted by David Saks ((retired)) over 6 years ago

David, You have many encounters with the famous and must be an accomplished pianist. These are very interesting facts and so glad that you shared them with us.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) over 6 years ago

Thanks, Debbie. I had fun.

Posted by David Saks ((retired)) over 6 years ago

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