David F. Leigh
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A hundred years ago I'd have been considered something of a
"Renaissance man." Of course back then you'd have had a fair shot
at actually knowing all there was to know about damned near
anything. In this day and age you're either a specialist or an
amateur. These days what I am would be called ".spread thin".
Here are some interests of mine, in alphabetical order (but not necessarily in
order of interest):
I think the study of the evolution of various ancient
alphabets is fascinating. I've put together a little page
about Runes here.
I've started another one as well about the
Archeology. Nearly anything old fascinates me, but particularly
biblical archaeology and
the study of European history prior to the Norman Conquest.
Art. At one time I actually made my living as a commercial
artist of sorts. Someday I'll post an example or two of my work. Lately,
though, my artwork has been mainly limited to creating my own
graphics for GUI programs I write. The
mascots are mine.
Boardgames. I've actually had a hand in inventing a couple
of nice ones, to which I intend to post the rules when I have time.
I've also started to write a book on the subject. Unfortunately, bordgames
are somewhate passe.
Computers. Fortunately, I've found a job where I don't
work. I just get paid to do my hobby! I recommend this to anyone.
Literature. Favorite authors include Arthur Conan-Doyle,
J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Hans Christian Andersen.
Music. I've written over 150 songs, many of which I'm told are
quite good. I play piano, guitar, and a smattering of some other trivial
instruments such as the recorder and harmonica. I'm told by those with
tin ears that I can sing a little. .
I used to host 3 chats a week on the MSN philosophy forum.
My primary interest is in cosmology, but any sort of logic interests me.
I regard classical philosophers such as Plato and Socrates to be
terribly juvenile, and firmly believe that Aristotle retarded
science for centuries.
I'm the inventor of what is probably the most unusual game you've never played!
Retro and Alternate Technology. Did you know that the first
television was not electronic, and neither was the first computer? Or that
terminal emulators mimic the operation of electronic devices that
mimic the operation of older mechanical devices? I've actually
worked on teletypes and have great respect for the engineering minds
that devised them. I think the modern tendency to throw a
digital solution at any problem is disappointingly unimaginative.
Science Fiction. Favorite authors: Isaac Asimov, Harlan Ellison,
Robert Heinlein, E.E. "Doc" Smith, and Jack Chalker.
Space and General Science. Goes hand-in-hand with science fiction
and computers. I work with computers primarily because it's a way that I can
help to bring about the societies I grew up dreaming about when I read science
I was once very active in amateur theatre (in the
Harry Blacker Admiration Society (HBAS) at RAF Upper Heyford in
I've recently revived my participation in community theatre, being a founding
cast member of The Boogaloo Broadcasting Company in Union, SC. Here
are some of the roles I've played:
You can read more about the Harry Blacker Admiration Society at
its memorial website.
- Young Robert, Turn The Washpot Down (Boogaloo)
- George, On Monday Next (HBAS)
George was the crusty British stage carpenter,
and one of my favorite roles. We performed this in competition,
I got one of the nicest complements I'd ever received from
someone who was surprised that I wasn't actually British.
I was actually brought into this at the last minute, and
the previous actor had been playing it with a "Down East"
(New England) accent. It was a British script, so I played it
with a surly West Country accent.
- Jerry, On Monday Next (HBAS)
I played the flaming homosexual actor in our second production
of this play. Don't laugh... Jerry got the girl!
- Nathan Detroit, Guys and Dolls (HBAS)
This is probably the role for which I was best suited.
I had a car accident on opening night in which I sliced
open both my knees. The resulting pain probably added
significantly to my performance (there's one point where
Nathan drops heavily to his knees asking Adelaide's
forgiveness. In my case the tears were real.)
- Jonathan Brewster, Arsenic and Old Lace (HBAS)
Being five-foot-eight, I'm not a large fellow, so
I feel I was mis-cast here. However, if I was
the character it wouldn't be acting, would it?
I had a lot of fun playing the "heavy" in a comedy.
Bad guys get all the good parts!
- Victor Frankenstein, Frankenstein (HBAS)
Up to this point I'd only played in comedies. We
performed Frankenstein at the USAFE Tournament of Plays
in Bitburg, Germany. I received the second nicest
complement I'd ever had from a judge who called my
performance "Shakespearian." (Perhaps he just meant that
it was 400 years out of date). Kent Allsebrooke designed
makeup for what was to be my favorite incarnation of
the Monster of all time, on screen OR stage!
- Otis Redding. Otis Redding (Oxford Student Documentary)
Yep, the performer famous for Sitting on the Dock of the Bay
This is probably the least likely role possible for me, you might
judge from my obvious melanin deficiency.
Well, some film students at Oxford University were making a documentary
and they needed someone to do a voiceover because (wonder of wonders!)
all of the blacks at Oxford speak with a cultured British accent!
So they came around to the airbase, did some auditions,
and I was cast for the part.
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