Tuesday, September 13, 2011


I have to share David Bateman with you. When I was 15, he was 17. Older and wiser, right? Yes he was. Still is. My first show was "How to Succeed ". I had a great voice. No experience. Dave walked out on stage, gave his all, showed me how it could be done, altered my life and my way of thinking forever. HE made me an actor, not just a pretty voice.

We talk often. He is a caregiver. He always has been a caregiver. He grew up as the only unchallenged child of three. He took care of everyone. Now he takes care of someone else. He has property in New Mexico and has a property that he allows someone to occupy. There are now two homeless horses that receive food and water, and love every day.

WHAT are you talking about Austin/Bill?

I am talking about the quality, the love, the willingness to give that infuses the people I choose to know. That would be you. Thanks for letting me rant.

                                            Peace and Love,



  1. I saw David at our 40th reunion last September. It was great seeing him again and he looks the same! Same great smile. It sounds like he is a blessing to many.

  2. David Bateman was one of the nicest people I met at AHS. When I was in the Road Show in 10th grade, we spent time together - he probably gave me rides to performances. I think he served as the emcee. We would perform all over the area. The picture above is just how I remember him. I'm not surprised he continues to help those less fortunate. Is he on Facebook?

  3. Beautiful article about someone who is obviously a beautiful person. Very touching Austin/Bill - I hope that David realizes what an affect he has had first on you and now on the rest of us...

    If you are an example of the ripples he sent out into the pond Bill then he is a wonder since you obviously believe in paying it forward.

    Laine D.
    "Aspire to Inspire"

  4. Really great that you get to spread a good word about a good person. It's easy to believe there are none out there anymore since there is so much greed and backstabbing going on. Thank you for sharing this story.

  5. Thank you, Bill, for reminding me of David, who indeed is a reason to be inspired and grateful. Thank you for your beautiful 'rants' and for sharing them with us. Love the person you were and the human being you have become!

  6. David sounds like a superstar to many -- what a wonderful living legacy you have penned! And you have spurred me to think about all the "givers" in my own life (and there are Many!).

    "How to Succeed" is one of my favorites --- would love to hear you sing those songs! Have you been out to NYC to see the revival? (with cute Harry Potter!)

    Heidi & Atticus
    "commentary to give you paws..."

  7. Thank you for introducing us to David. He sounds like a wonderful, giving person. I want to reassure Dennis that there are indeed awesome people in this world, many of whom sacrifice so much to take care of others. I know many caregivers and they all have similar stories of giving and love.

    caregiving. family. advocacy.

  8. I hope David is seeing this loving post! I take it that's his picture--maybe you could caption pictures to give us more details? You make me want to know more!

    It's truly wonderful to have people who are so generous and caring. He must have recognized good qualities in you to befriend you!

    Judy Stone-Goldman
    The Reflective Writer
    Personal-Professional Balance Through Writing

  9. Every comment fills me with so much joy and love. Thank you all.