Before he became homeless, David Raether was an award-winning TV comedy writer with a house in a wealthy suburb of Los Angeles and a large happy family. He will talk about living on the street, and how he rebuilt his life.
Raether spent twelve years as a TV comedy writer, including a 111-episode stint on the ground-breaking "Roseanne." He had a house in a wealthy suburb of Los Angeles and a large happy family. In 2001, he stepped away from television to spend more time with his family. When he attempted to return two years later, the industry had changed and he was unable to find work. He ended up homeless. He chronicled the breakup of his family and his descent into homelessness in the ensuing years in a memoir, "Tell Me Something, She Said" and an essay, "What It's Like to Fail", which brought him global recognition. His story has been featured in the Times of London and other media outlets in Europe.
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He did well to get his life back on track. I can;t help wonder why , like so many other people he " didn't fix the roof when the sun shone "? If he was on such fabulous money , why didn;t he pay off his mortgage while he had the chance ? Like so many others I cannot understand how people can be either a. too confident or b. too optimisitc or c. TOO STUPID to take on such overwhelming DEBT23/09/2015
tough as nails15/08/2015
breath taking story, thank you for this Talk!05/08/2015