Why the Author Had To Write This Book
An Awesome Journey is a poignant story that is an uplifting reading experience filled with mystery, romance, and humor presented against a background of the exciting, extreme-life-extension-movement now going on in our world of fast-paced advancements in technology.
The author, David Pizer, years later after he had first realized how short a lifetime is in 1953 when he was in sixth grade. Back then school girls had slumber parties in one of the girls bedrooms and boys had camp outs in one of the boys back yards.
David and his friend Max set up a tent in Max’s parents back yard and they were sitting there looking at the massive array of stars that filled the unpolluted, smog-free skies in Phoenix Arizona in 1953. Max’s dad brought out 3 cups of hot chocolate and the three of them sat there sipping as Max’s dad explained a lot about the stars, theories on the birth of the universe, and things like that. Max’s dad was a professor at Phoenix Community College, while David was in sixth grade.
When dad explained about the formation of a star and the billions of years they ‘lived” David was mesmerized!
Max and his dad then went back into the house to make some more hot chocolate and get some marshmallows, coat hangers a bag of charcoal and some matches, while they left David all alone in the backyard to gaze at the billions of bright stars in the sky, each one with a life-span of billions of years. As David sat there entranced in deep thought, a very sad feeling came over him. David realized that even if a person lived to be 100 years old, that on a cosmic scale a 100-year life span is a very, very brief time.
Now David is convinced that only up to a 100-year life span may no longer be our sad fate, and the latest discoveries in life extension technology seem to suggest human aging may soon be reversable and quality life spans may reach much, much longer than 100 years.
“An Awesome Journey” is the story, and an awesome journey is going to be the feeling you experience as you read this exciting, humorous, romantic novel.
Reprint of Newspaper Article about the Author
as a Past US Senate, Life-Extension Candidate
David Pizer, a Mayer businessman known as the TV spokesman for his auto-upholstery business and for his association with cryonics, has entered the Republican race against five-term incumbent U.S. Sen. John McCain.
Pizer, 74, who now owns and runs Creekside Preserve lodge and cabins near Prescott, described himself to The Arizona Republic as a "very conservative" candidate who wants to lift the regulatory burden and red tape on businesses, limit the size of government, and reduce the nation's debts and reform entitlement programs.
"I'm kind of angry that we're ruining our country," Pizer said. "Most people don't seem to realize how close the next big depression is. It could happen this afternoon."
Pizer said he generally supports the conservative "tea party" movement and that he was inspired to take on McCain by the GOP presidential runs of political outsiders Donald Trump, Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina.
"I said, 'I'm an outsider,' and, besides that, I've got a business background," Pizer said. "That's all I've ever done my entire life: owned and managed businesses. ... You've got to make money. You can't stay in business if you're borrowing money. Sooner or later, you go bankrupt."
Pizer joins state Sen. Kelli Ward of Lake Havasu City, Scottsdale tea-party activist Alex Meluskey and radio host Clair Van Steenwyk of Sun City West in Arizona's 2016 Senate primary. He acknowledges that he's "a longshot" against the well-funded McCain and hopes that his message will resonate with Arizonans who will financially support his campaign. McCain had $4.9 million on hand as of the end of September.
"I don't see any way that any candidate can raise the kind of money that John McCain has," Pizer said. "The other four of us, we're just regular citizens." Many Arizonans will recall the Fitwell Seat Covers commercials that Pizer made with his enormous Great Dane, Little Woofy. The chain at one time had nine retail outlets around the Phoenix metropolitan area and about 100 employees; Pizer and Little Woofy were minor celebrities circa the 1980s. A new dog, Little Woofy Jr., appears on Pizer's Senate campaign website.
"Everywhere I went in those days, people knew me," said Pizer, an Arizona resident since 1943.
Pizer was also formally involved with Scottsdale-based Alcor Life Extension Foundation, which gained notoriety more than a decade ago when news broke that Baseball Hall of Famer Ted Williams' body was cryogenically frozen at death. In 2006, Pizer made an appearance on ABC's "Good Morning America" to talk about signing up for life extension through cryonics. The Republic archives include coverage of a past Pizer proposal for a cryonics resort.
Pizer is no longer affiliated with Alcor, but enthusiastically discusses cryonics, and the possibility that bodies and organs may be brought back to life in the future, although he knows not everybody may be ready for it.
"I don't know how the public is going to accept that for a candidate," Pizer said. "... But cryonics actually is becoming more and more popular now."
Nowicki is The Arizona Republic's national political reporter. Follow him on Twitter at @dannowicki and on his official Facebook page.
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