David Michael Burrow is a child of the 1960s & '70s. He was born in Moline, Illinois, on October 11, 1962, the fifth child of George Irving Burrow (a science teacher and later a state regional education administrator) and Elizabeth Zane Miller Burrow (a homemaker, who was also a former teacher). In the late 1990s he re-visited the neighborhood of suburban ranch houses in Rock Island, Illinois where he spent his early childhood, which was remarkably unchanged since the '60s. He described it as "Beaverville", after the television show Leave It To Beaver.
He started kindergarten in 1967 at Fern Persons Elementary School in Olivet, Michigan. While in Michigan his family lived in an enormous old house that used to be a fraternity. He especially remembers the house for its restroom--with multiple stalls and showers to accommodate the fraternity brothers. He also remembers playing "king of the hill" on a huge pile of leaves in the backyard.
Most of Mr. Burrow's formative years were spent in Mount Pleasant, Iowa. He grew up in a split-level house diagonally across the street from Lincoln School. He earned a variety of grades in elementary school, excelling in social studies and failing penmanship. Most interesting, this future math teacher received grades of "U" (unsatisfactory) in grade school arithmetic, which he thought was pointless and stupid.
While at Lincoln, Mr. Burrow created a "newspaper" that was duplicated with spirit masters. He distributed this publication weekly to family members and friends at school.
Mr. Burrow's kindergarten photo
Fern Persons Elementary School - Olivet, Michigan
The homes David Burrow lived in in Rock Island, Olivet, and Mt. Pleasant.
Before and After: Playing in the mud in Rock Island, Illinois
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