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Autobiography Circa 1985

Born at least a few years ago in Berkeley, California, Dave Buckland is a fourth-generation native Californian and has managed to live in the state all his life.

His family moved to Southern California when he was six. Since they were careful enough to take him along, most of his childhood experiences trained him in the regional tradition of "laid back." Even though the family moved frequently (allowing Dave to spend time in many of Southern California's finest school systems) he entered Van Nuys High School, completed three years, and graduated. This led to another move, this time to the South Bay area. Living in Palos Verdes, Dave felt a need to attend California State College Palos Verdes. This was the beginning of a long stretch of volunteering, since there were only 42 students and there was a lot that needed to be done.

The college moved (perhaps taking a note from Dave's book) and became Cal State Dominguez Hills. During his years there, Dave was editor of the student newspaper, vice-president of the student association, treasurer of Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity, and many, many other things. Sometime along here, he was let loose on the "real world." Seeing many things that needed to be done, Dave got involved in politics. He worked on bunches of campaigns for local elections, as well as State and Federal offices. He was even campaign manager for some of these. After paying his dues in the trenches, in 1980 Dave survived the primary election to become the Democratic party's nominee to the State Senate in the then 27th district. Even though he was not able to unseat the formidable incumbent he was rewarded by becoming a member of the Democratic State Central Committee. In this realm, he was selected as vice-chairperson and then treasurer of the 51st Assembly District Democratic Committee.

Also during this time, Dave put his theatre training to use by working with most of the local recreation departments in doing children's theatre productions. A natural progression of this was to become a member, and later president, of the Hermosa Beach Friends of the Arts. Business-wise, Dave spent most of his early career in retail sales. In one of a multitude of jobs, he even put his acquired talents as "man-about-town" to use running his own advertising and public relations company.