I first met Nelson in Missouri in 2012 when he was teaching a class in acting for the camera. The first thing most people notice about him is his intensity. He cares about what he is doing more in the minute he is doing it, than many people care about anything they will ever do. I later asked a friend of his to describe him, and they said, "he is so far off the edge of the spectrum he starts to creep back in on the other side." When I asked what that meant for being his friend, they said, "he either has fanatic friends, or people who like him because of what he does for them."
Most people agree that he was born in Spirit Lake, Iowa, in the late 1960s. According to an administrator at Seminole High School, where he dropped out in 1985, his birthdate in 1968, but some sources show a birthdate of 1972, which may match some of his narrative in Never Coming Home better.
According to Never Coming Home McKeeby was asked to leave school sometime in 1985, failing to achieve a high school diploma. There are records of his attending St. Petersburg Junior College, Eckerd College, Des Moines Area Community College, Drake University, Mars Hill College, the University of Iowa, Franklin Pierce College, and Savannah State College. There is no record that could be found of graduating from any of these colleges, although he did receive some sort of degree from the University of South Carolina, which can be seen in a picture of his office circulated after an interview.
Despite his lack of formal matriculated education, there is little doubt Nelson McKeeby has been a fixture of the media industry for years. Numerous third party interviews mention his work at the Home Shopping Network, Better Homes and Gardens, numerous TV stations, for the Department of Justice Office of Legal Education, and for years as a free-lance director. He also seems to have, despite a murky educational background, taught hundreds of college courses and had a remarkable success at moving students into the entertainment industry.