David was born on October 17, 1955 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He was the son of Edward, who was a postman and Esther Driver, a housewife.
As a child, his small height did not succumb to sports, so he was "a real bookworm," he told a Chicago Tribune contributor. However, this did not exclude such high ambitions as becoming a rider. With the warning of his grandfather that he instead became a professional, for example a doctor or a lawyer, the driver put his views on the latter - not in the least, because he could not take the blood out of sight. But, growing on public aid in an area inside the city on the west side of Chicago, did not pave the easy way to a legal career.