David Scott Coker
1601 Western Hills Drive
Evansville, IN 47720
For the past several years I have been a free-lance writer and a political/environmental activist in southwestern Indiana. To view some of some of my recently published columns see the links to text documents below. I recently obtained my Indiana Life and Health Insurance license. In the past I have been employed as a communications specialist for a federal agency in Washington, D.C., a political consultant, in corporate travel sales and several other capacities. Here is my Resume and a listing of my various political activities over the past several years.
In April, 2010, I spent 23 days at Haiti Christian Orphanage in Petion-ville, Haiti. I have written two articles for publication about the experience.
In early 2003, I was instrumental in the formation of the Vanderburgh County Taxpayers Association. This group was the organized opposition to a $70 million, seven-year tax increase refereudum offered by the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation in April, 2003. Since the referendum, we have closely monitored the activities of the E-VSC and the Board of School Trustees and other units of local government. I served as president of the organization through April, 2008. In October, 2007, VCTA joined with numerous other local taxpayer groups throughout the state to form the Indiana Property Tax Repeal Alliance. In mid-November, 2007, several members of the Alliance had a 90-minute meeting with Governor Mitch Daniels in his office in the Statehouse in Indianapolis to discuss property tax issues.
Since September, 2007, on Monday nights I have been volunteering at Media Ministries Dream Center over near Garvin Park. At the Dream Center, we provide nutrition, recreation and values education to over 100 young children from inner-city neighborhoods. I routinely teach the second and third grade boys during our classroom breakout sessions.
And since October, 2007, I have also been hosting tours through LST 325,
U.S.S. LST 325 She is a World War II Landing Ship Tank that was brought back to the United States -- an epic voyage of a group of aging Naval veterans from the island of Crete and the Grecian Navy in January, 2001. This past September, for two weeks I joined some 40 stalwart crew members and lived aboard the ship for an excursion up the Mississippi River. A group of us joined the crew in Moline, IL on September 2nd and then went on to Clinton, IA and Fort Madison, IA for five days in each port. You can read all about the trip in an article I wrote for the Evansville Courier and Press. This the last remaining operational Landing Ship Tank in the world and during the trip, I stood two watches in the wheel house and was allowed to man the throttles of the two, enormous 900 horsepower Diesel engines.
Hobbies and Interests: Auto restoration, collecting automobilia and auto license plates and attachments, aviation (America needs more pilots -- see newspaper articles below), bicycling, reading, gardening, home vegetable canning and gourmet cooking, listening to music of all types (don't bother me during the Metropolitan Opera broadcasts -- I also love Cuban music (I saw Ibrahim Ferrer live on February 14, 2003 in Indianapolis) and building models. Here are some flowers from my back yard garden.
I have a trained baritone voice, play the drums and put myself through college many years ago as a professional musician. Here is a short wave file of my voice!
Most recently, I have gotten reacquainted with a group of fabulous musicians are we are calling ourselves
The Reunion Trio
It is an interesting story. Some 34 years ago, the three of us -- Brian Hunt on piano, David Schnerr on bass guitar and myself on the drums -- played one engagement at the Petroleum Club on the 17th floor of the Old National Bank tower on New Year's Eve. After the job, we promised ourselves we were going to get together again but as fate would have it, it never happened. Fast forward to about a year ago when Brian was playing a solo performance at the home of Harry and Linda Georges (Harry by the way generously gave us the above photo) and Dave and I were in attendance. After countless phone calls, discussions and prodding by their wives, we finally converged one day at the music rehearsal room at Methodist Temple Church and discovered the old magic is still there. We were engaged to perform a 45 minute set at the Jazz, Wine and Arts Festival sponsored by Kenny Kent Toyota/Lexus and the Growth Alliance of Greater Evansville. We performed again in the 2009 jazz festival under the name Trio Jazz with sax man Roy Carter, vocalist Barbara Santora and vocalist J. R. Schembre with her husband Danny.
Several years ago, I joined the Evansville Philharmonic Chorus. In November, 2000 we performed Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro. In March, 2001 the chorus performed Beethoven's Missa Solemnis, a work which the composer considered the "crowning achievement" of his composing career.
Some of our chorus members toured Italy (Rome, Bolsena, Montecatini, Florence, Siena and Venice) June 1st through the 9th, 2002. I have written an historically annotated journal of our entire journal. Feel free to take a look at my entire Journal of Italy complete with pictures.
In November, 2002, I was among the chorus members who appeared in two performances of Puccini's immortal opera La Boheme to sellout crowds at the Victory Theater. Here is an image of me and handing out some commemorative Christmas tree ornaments I made for the children who performed in this outstanding show. You can read about their performance in a newspaper article that appears below.
Also, during 2002 I persuaded the City of Evansville to begin discussions pertaining to the complete cosmetic restoration of Garvin Park. The announcement of the proposed project occurred when Mayor Russell Lloyd joined other community leaders in a tree planting ceremony dedicated to the victims of the September 11 attacks (see linked newspaper article Garvin Park Invitation below).
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Examination of Christmas
Earth Day and Littleton
Ku Klux Klan Rally Dr. Dunn's Prophesy Zoo Mess and Leadership Crisis
Con Agra's Philanthropy Earthquakes Skylane Pilots
Toyota's New Products Yugoslavian History School Behavior
Threatening Environmental Attitudes Alcoa's Toxic Emissions Madama Butterfly
Coal Ash Dangers to Ground Water I-69 and Local Political Culture A Fond Memory of My Youth
State's Poor Environmental Record We Need an Open Primary John Gurnitz's Contaminated Well
Landfill' is a real Dump President Brand's Remarks Robert Pickett's Greek Tragedy
Scripps Howard Policies GE Plastic's Toxic Emissions Small Environmental Victories
Small Reprieve on Water Rule Blackberry Picking Time! Evansville's Industrial Heritage
The Silent Skies after 9/11 Mildred Boink's Artistic Vision Cancer Chemicals and Health
Crisis in the Church Garvin Park Invitation Sept 11th Flight
The Children of La Boheme The Gifts of the Magi The Space Shuttle Disaster
Taxpayer Alliance Now LST Restoration Ten Comandments Under Attack
EVSC Debt Service 40 Days of Promise Ronald Reagan's legacy
Taxpayers deserves seat at table Future Space Exploration School Corporation Crisis
Toyota's Corporate Culture
Achievement Gap held Open
Red Mosby's Funeral
Our Times Remarks
Dr. Lyles and Imus
School Board Decision
Wurst Bike Ride
Cash Creek Hearing
Blue Ribbon Tax Commission
"Godfather" Daniels and Taxes
Critique of Governor's Tax Plan
Alliance Meeting with Governor
Replacement Revenues for Property Taxes
Property tax tangled mess
Vectren dialogue bears fruit
Dream Center Needs Help
Wind Power and Boone Pickens
Voting in a funky mood
Election night blues
Governor Daniels' Infrastrucure Plan
Property tax caps in the Indiana Constitution
LST Dispute and Leadership Crisis
Evansville-built P-47 For Sale
Tea Party issue are not Trivial
Israel -- A Nation of Contrasts
JERICHO -- Ancient city of palm trees
Bethlehem losing its Christian base
Move to put teeth in public records law
Its time for an Evansville strategic plan
Teeth in Public Access Law
Haiti--Impediments to Progress
One Small Child
In September, 2001 I entered a manuscript into the annual writing contest of the Ohio River Writer's Guild. I was awarded second place in the non-fiction category. Here is Fond Memory Inspires a Return Visit to a Favorite Rural Paradise. It relates to the newspaper column about a farm I visited as a child entitled A Fond Memory of My Youth. And here is yet another nostalgia piece I wrote many years ago about the demolition of the L & N Train Station.