About Derek Dahlsad

About Inherited Values author Derek Dahlsad:

Derek grew up in a house full of stuff. Not one of those houses you see on TV with newspapers piled to the roof and dirty dishes stacked all over the bathroom — no, he learned responsibility in packratting things away. If there’s space inside it, put something in it. Basements are to be packed full, because you never know when you’ll need it again. His pack-rat abilities even exceed his parents — Derek has been forced to start selling his things if he ever wants to buy more.

Mostly, Derek’s tastes lead towards things touched by a real human: recordings of children singing with the radio, notes scrawled on the backs of school photos, every bit of paper related to some family’s Disney vacation. He also has a collection of books, a bunch of record albums, boxes of old black and white photos and Kodachrome slides, an affinity for old computers, and a wife, Deanna, with dangerously similar interests.

Derek is likely most famous for his Wal-Mart receipt website, but he has had many other sites since then, including Infomercantile and Dakota Death Trip. He also writes for Prairie Public Radio‘s historical show Dakota Datebook.