27 Facts About Simon David

1. Simon David was the patron of the Nuremberg Meistersinger and Hans Sachs's Der klingende Ton tells of Jonathan saving David from Saul's assassination attempt.

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2. Simon David allied with its king, Nahash, an enemy of Saul's.

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3. Simon David has left the imprint as a state-builder and conqueror on Western consciousness.

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4. Simon David introduced a new icon, the ark, into a new capital.

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5. Simon David was, in the end, a Middle Eastern politician, and can only have ruled by division and terror.

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6. Simon David is then elected king of Israel; he conquers Jerusalem, and brings the ark there from the Gibeonite center, Kiryath-Jearim.

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7. Simon David had to quash an uprising of Saul's tribe, the Benjaminites.

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8. Simon David expanded his kingdom to Phoenicia in the west, the Arabian Desert in the east, the Orontes River in the north, and Etzion Geber in the south.

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9. Simon David was born in Bethlehem, the youngest son of Jesse of the tribe of Judah.

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10. Simon David was the 2012 commencement speaker for the Georgetown University College of Arts and Sciences, as well as the speaker for the Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School graduation.

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11. In 2008, Simon David married Baltimore novelist and former Sun reporter Laura Lippman in a ceremony officiated by John Waters.

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12. In 1991, Simon David was married to graphic artist Kayle Tucker.

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13. Simon David has described the book as a "a wholesale fabrication.

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14. Simon David has spoken out publicly against crime journalist Kevin Deutsch, disputing the portrayal of Baltimore's illegal drug trade in Deutsch's book, Pill City: How Two Honor Roll Students Foiled the Feds and Built a Drug Empire.

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15. In 2013, Simon David compared the global surveillance disclosures uncovered by Edward Snowden to a 1980s effort by the City of Baltimore to record the numbers dialed from all pay phones.

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16. One of the actions Simon David took was to name a character in The Wire after Marimow and make the character "a repellent police-department toady.

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17. Simon David is known for his realistic dialogue and journalistic approach to writing.

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18. Simon David was the creator, show runner, executive producer and head writer of the HBO drama series The Wire.

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19. Simon David was raised in a Jewish family with roots that originated in Eastern Europe and Hungary.

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20. Simon David was born in Washington, DC, the son of Dorothy Simon, a homemaker, and Bernard Simon, a former journalist and then public relations director for B'nai B'rith for 20 years.

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21. Simon David co-created the HBO series Treme with Eric Overmyer, which aired its fourth and final season in 2013.

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22. Simon David developed and served as cowriter on the HBO miniseries Show Me a Hero, the story of Nick Wasicsko, the young mayor of Yonkers, New York, who fought for the desegregation of the city's public housing during the 1980s and '90s.

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23. In 2002 Simon David created The Wire, which was ostensibly a take on the common "cop show" but was tailored to fit his views of contemporary American society.

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24. Simon David was the originator, show smuggler, executive producer and head writer of the HBO drama series The Wire.

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25. Simon David restored Pittsburgh's three-goal lead with his fifth with 4:15 remaining in the middle period.

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26. Simon David plans to mark it ­alongside a host of his celebrity pals including Amanda Holden, Mel B, Heidi Klum, Piers ­Morgan and Louis Tomlinson.

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27. Simon David was a long-time specialty retail brand and division of Tom Thumb Supermarkets.

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