David Svoboda is a 52-year-old native of Kansas City. He graduated from Salina (Ks.) High School Central, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from Kansas State University.
While at K-State, he became a life member of the Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity, and served as the sports editor of both the Kansas State Collegian newspaper and the Royal Purple yearbook. He also served one semester as the Collegian’s Editor-in-Chief, and another single semester as the President of Delta Sigma Phi’s Alpha Upsilon Chapter.
During his days in Manhattan, he also served separate stints as the K-State sports correspondent for both the Kansas City Star and The Topeka Capital-Journal. He also holds the distinction of being the only writer to have worked for all three K-State fan publications: the now-defunct Wildcat Weekly and Purple Pride, and the award-winning Tim Fitzgerald’s Powercat Illustrated.
After K-State, David was a teacher and coach at Junction City High School for 10 years. While at JCHS, he served as newspaper and yearbook adviser, and head baseball coach. While the baseball coach at JCHS, he took two teams to the KSHSAA State tournament, and led the school to its first-ever league title.
From there he moved on to Basehor-Linwood High School, where he served in the same roles – journalism teacher and head baseball coach – for eight years.
Since leaving education, he has served nearly six years in the retail sporting goods sector and as a production manager/assistant plant manager for Laser Apparel in the embroidery division.
He’s still on the field as a baseball coach, and after a year off in 2016, will enter his 34th summer working on the diamond in 2017.
I knew Don (FiftyOneFifty) through the Linux community and his podcasting. I never met him in person, but spoke to him several times through the internet. Are there any appropriate details on what happened that you would be willing to share? He had a lot of online (and in person) friends that would like to know a little more.
Thank you for your help.