John David was born on 30 June in 1950 in San Bernardino, California, United States. The son of Emery Russell and Mabel A. (Batchelor) Treadway. Biological parents: Alfred Lawrence Ritz (Albers) and Gladys (Neumann) Ritz.
He lived widely throughout the US and attended grades 1-12 in Arizona, California, Wyoming, Japan, and Florida (graduating from Hillsborough HS in Tampa). Attended undergraduate school at Florida State (1968) and earned his Ph.D. in History at Uni. Virginia (1972-80). Did research or taught at Uni. Sarajevo, Uni. Belgrade, Uni Sofia, Uni Kiel, and Uni Montenegro.