Dave Mampel, known by kids all around the San Francisco Bay Area as Daffy Dave, lives on the fringes of the American Dream in a mobile home park near the outskirts of San Jose, California, with his adopted dog Poppy. When he's not performing as a professional clown or throwing a frisbee for Poppy, he's writing his next book, a novel called Alchemy Rising.
Dave Mampel's portrait is by Dave Lepori of Lepori Photography in Los Gatos, California.
Reverend Dave became Daffy Dave, but it wasn't easy. Years of struggle and lots of hard work lay between the two. Dave wasn't able to do it alone, but he didn't have to, and neither do you. Coyote Spirit: The Improbable Transformation from Minister to Clown is the story one man's journey from despair to contentment, and is a road map for anyone else trying to do the same.