Sunday, June 17, 2012

On this Father’s Day (the most sacred holiday of the year) I’d like to wish a happy one to my dad, who also happens to be my hero, mentor, and best friend.

Here are some pithy Father’s Day quotes:

“To be a successful father… there’s one absolute rule: when you have a kid, don’t look at it for the first two years.” -- Ernest Hemingway

“A man knows when he is growing old because he begins to look like his father.” -- Gabriel Garcia Marquez

“If the new American father feels bewildered and even defeated, let him take comfort from the fact that whatever he does in any fathering situation has a fifty percent chance of being right.” -- Bill Cosby

“It is a wise father that knows his own child.” -- William Shakespeare (especially if the mother is Anna Nicole)

"When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years." – Mark Twain

“By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he's wrong.” -- Charles Wadsworth

And finally, a salute to Screaming Jay Hawkins. Screaming Jay was a r&b/blues singer. His big hit was “I Put a Spell on You” in which he came out of a coffin. The man was a crowd pleaser. And also a lady pleaser it seems. Upon his death when it was time to divvy up the estate it was discovered he had 57 children. Screaming Jay will not be saluted on Planned Parenthood day.

Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there. Note to wives and daughters: Dad wants copies of my new book, available in Kindle version and in paperback


RCP said...

Nice. I'm lucky to still have my dad around - 88 years old and walks about two miles a day.

I'm really enjoying your book, Ken.

Paul Duca said...

In case anyone doesn't realize it, this Father's Day marks the 40th anniversary of the Watergate break-in...

Ted said...

In this morning's paper, they asked an expert in child-rearing what he wanted for Father's day. He replied that he wanted three big hugs, and to spend the day hanging out with his kids.

If my kids are reading this blog, I want a Fender amp.

Happy Fathers day, Ken - your kids seem very cool.

Ted said...

And while I'm here, a Friday question I've been wondering about for years:

All of us loyal readers are in awe that you were able segue into a second successful career. But how much did age-ism in the industry we love contribute to your decision to switch careers?

Cap'n Bob said...

Same to you, Ken. My father's been gone for 35 years and I miss him.

Tallulah Morehead said...

Someone should tell Gabriel that some men, as they age, look like their mothers.

"All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That's his"
- Oscar Wilde.

Oscar was funny, but wrong.

Johnny Walker said...

It was a pleasure meeting your Dad. He seemed like a really cool guy!

Johnny Walker said...

(And yes, it's true, for anyone who was wondering: That IS my right thigh in the photograph.)

Phillip B said...

89 year old Ralph Kiner is doing color on the Met's game today, bringing to mind his own quote -

"It's Father's Day today at Shea, so to all you fathers out there, Happy Birthday."

Breadbaker said...

Nice picture of your family your son posted. A belated Happy Father's Day.