Don Thrasher was born in Gadsden, Alabama Feb. 27, 1963. His father sold advertising for the daily newspaper while his mother was a homemaker. After traveling and relocating a few times in Alabama around new paper jobs, Don’s father settled and moved to Centerville, Ohio as the publisher of the Centerville-Bellbrook and Kettering-Oakwood times. Don graduated from Centerville High School in 1981 then enrolled in Wright State University, then dropped out of Wright State in early 1983, his family moved to Virginia several months later, Don stayed and worked as a delivery guy for Olan Mills in the day and washed dishes at night at an Italian restaurant for a short while before moving to Virginia for eight months to live with his parents. But Don returned to Ohio in the fall and Spent six weeks living in the Ohio State University dorm. During a Christmas break, Don returned to Dayton, where he had re-enrolled at Wright State while also starting an eight-year gig with Standard Register. Don graduated from Wright State University with Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication in Jan. 1989. He later Started writing freelance for the Dayton Voice and left Standard Register for a part-time job at Impact Weekly (formerly The Dayton Voice) and soon became a full-time music editor. Don began writing freelance for The Dayton Daily News in April 2003, a position he still holds as a regular weekly contributor. Don also took over as co-organizer of the annual Dayton Music Fest which he curated through 2014. In closing, Don knows Dayton, and Dayton loves Don.
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