Especially to my own father, Cliff, who is both my hero and role model. And now my son, Matt, who has been a father for three weeks.
This is a perennial post, now updated.
Note to those wives and kids planning to celebrate: no brunches. That’s Mother’s Day stuff. Let the old man sit in front of the TV and watch the U.S. Open or the Arena football amateur draft in peace.
Or watch FIELD OF DREAMS.And now, as a public service, here are some movies NOT to watch on Father’s Day:
FEAR STRIKES OUT
WALK THE LINE
OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN
DEAD POETS SOCIETY
THE GREAT SANTINI
Some TV shows and telefilms NOT to watch:
THE MARVIN GAYE STORY
THE BEACH BOYS STORY
Any CBS family comedy
Some unfriendly father plays:
ALL MY SONS
DEATH OF A SALESMAN (any Arthur Miller, actually)
LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT
Some books to avoid:
Any Bing Crosby biography
Any Frank Sinatra biography
Any Papa John Phillips biography
Any Screaming Jay Hawkins biography
LOVE STORY (for so many reasons)
Records to skip:
PAPA WAS A ROLLING STONE by the Temptations
BOY NAMED SUE by Johnny Cash
MY DAD by Paul Peterson
CATS IN THE CRADLE by Harry Chapin
Any other suggestions are welcome.
Again, happy Father's Day!