Sunday, 6/20/10, Public Square

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  1. To those who have, had, or are a dad, Happy Father’s Day!!!

  2. prairie pond

    I always think the highest compliment anyone can ever give me is to say “you are just like your Dad!”

    I get more like him every year, but if I live to be 100, I’ll never be half the person he was. He’s been gone 24 years and I miss him every day. Multiple times every day.

  3. prairie pond

    On days like this, I also think of my “other” father, the one who provided half my DNA. I wonder if he ever knew about me, or if he knew, did he wonder about me? I’m reminded of John Prine and his “Unwed Fathers” song.

    I’m glad I had the Dad I had. Still, I wonder about the other one.

  4. I had a daddy and a stepdad. My stepdad came into my life when I was 10 years old, my daddy was in my life whenever it was convenient for him. My stepdad was twice the father my daddy ever was but until the later years of my stepdad’s life I always loved my daddy the most. I was never able to understand the strength of the man who made the adult decisions, and helped me to make them too. I was too enamored of the man who remained childlike and never let responsibilities get in the way of having fun. I think I always was trying so hard to earn my daddy’s devotion and it took a lot of years to realize it wasn’t in him, he wasn’t going to put anyone ahead of himself.

    They’re both gone now. I hope my stepdad knew I finally grew up, finally learned, finally understood.

  5. Never knew my dad, but knew who he was.

  6. It’s difficult for a female to overcome not having the love of a father! I searched for that love and approval with many young guys who were all too willing to offer their idea of love. I’m only me, only lived my experiences, but I think a woman has to struggle much more to find her self worth if she didn’t have a father’s love.

  7. btw, it’s hot and humid and gonna get worse! Ginger and I have already returned from our jaunt to the park and the air, as 6176 would put it, is heavy enough to wear.

    “The National Weather Service in Wichita has issued a heat advisory in effect until 7 pm CDT this evening. Heat indices will range from 104 to 107 degrees on Sunday afternoon.”

    Take care!

  8. Here’s words of advice from some famous dads, ranging from Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson to John Wayne and Randy Pausch (Carnegie Mellon “The Last Lecture”).

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/galleries/1755/1/?redirectURL=http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2010-06-19/fathers-day-quotes-and-advice-from-iconic-dads/?cid=hp:mainpromo4

  9. If I could give only three words of advice, they would be, tell the truth. If I got three more words, I’d add: All the time. Randy Pausch

    Question with boldness. Thomas Jefferson

    Hit the line hard; don’t foul and don’t shirk!” Roosevelt’s most iconic advice sounds trite today (in part because Richard Nixon quoted it when resigning), but was fresh in 1910. “The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood…,who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly. Theodore Roosevelt

    Be a good listener. Dale Carnegie

    Talk low, talk slow, and don’t talk too much. John Wayne

    Stay forever young. Bob Dylan

    Stick to love. Hate is too great a burden to bear. Martin Luther King, Jr.

  10. Freebird1971

    Always do a lot of remebering on this day. My Dad has been gone 3 yrs and I take extra time today to remember the good times and the lessons he tried to teach me,some I learned and some I’m still learning.
    This was my fathers day present from my dauighter

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/14190776@N05/4717572888/

    • That link says this photo is private and I don’t have permission to view it. 😦

      I’ll bet I already saw and admired it on Facebook. 😉

  11. prairie pond

    Happy Fathers Day, Free.

    Fnord, thanks for posting Tammy. I had no idea that song had been covered by so many singers. So… you know me, I had to “look it up” to make sure John actually wrote it. Here’s what he had to say.

    “I wrote this with Bobby Braddock; he wrote “he Stopped Loving Her Today” and “D-I-V-O-R-C-E.”

    So that’s the six degrees of separation with Tanny Wynette. It was also covered by Gail Davies, among others.

    Bonnie Raitt made “Angel from Montgomery” famous, and Nancy Griffith made “Speed of the Sound of Loneliness” famous. Seems like his songs have an effect on lots of people.

    Ol’ John. He’s a helluva songwriter.

  12. tosmarttobegop

    I wish I could find it now, I had written a piece for father’s day for my dad called:
    “If you find me a good man blame my dad!”.

    But since I can not here is some excerpts from what I wrote of mom and mine last visit to her house:

    “It has been some time since the last time I walked into the dining room and glanced over to the bedroom doorway expecting to see dad in his wheel chair. That use to be the most troubling thing for me when come to the house.

    Yes in a way it was wishful thinking, to gain a sense of normal in the world.
    A rock to cling to in times when it seems that the flow of the world is too fast and confusing.
    Even when his physical health was failing his mind was sharp and his wisdom the most soundly I received.

    It would be unnerving to look at the empty doorway, to be reminded once again that life had moved on.”

    “My real legacy is not something that can be put on the market but it has been passed on to my children.
    Having heard their granddad’s words as I had heard them from him.
    Felt the warmth of a mom and dad whose thoughts were of me and how to be there no matter what.”.

  13. Freebird1971

    Sad news here

    June 19, 2010

    Tom Leahy, who played Major Astro for years on KSN and who also worked for KAKE, died Friday following heart surgery.

    Leahy’s career began in the 1940s and spanned over six decades. He worked in radio, first at Wichita State, then KANS, KAKE Radio, KWBB and KVOO in Tulsa.

    He switched to television in the late ‘50s here on KAKE and created a Sci-Fi show called “The Host And Rodney.”It was campy, fun and the audience loved it.

    They created live skits that were on two levels, one for the kids and one for the adults.

    Tom had a great voice and used it in countless commercials and local plays.

    He could play just about any part, but it was his Major Astro character on KSN and that of “the Host And Rodney” on KAKE that is forever cemented in the lives of earlier generations of Wichitans.

    As, Major Astro, he ended each day’s show by saying “Join me next time when everything will be A-Ok and all systems will be go. Happy orbits, boys and girls.”

    I remember watching The Host and Rodney and was to “mature” to watch Major Astro but did sneak a peek when my youngest brother was watching.

  14. I was on the Major Astro show — in the studio audience. A few years back. 😉

    I’m actually surprised he lived to be this old. His lifestyle usually pickles the insides faster than that.

    May he rest in peace.

  15. tosmarttobegop

    Wow I had not thought of either Major Astro or the host and Rodney for years but watched both for years too. Another memory of childhood gone….

  16. Top Corporate Donor to Barton Is Partner of BP on Deepwater Horizon

    Ordinarily, it’s not that shocking to see a Republican from Texas defend the petroleum industry. But Rep. Joe Barton’s comments to BP CEO Tony Hayward today, in which he described it as a “tragedy” that a “a private corporation can be subjected to what I would characterize as a shakedown”, has obviously touched something of a raw nerve, with Republicans already seeking to distance themselves from the comment while Democrats look for ways to exploit it.

    Making matters worse for Barton is the identity of the top contributor to his election campaigns. Since 1989, it has been the company Anadarko Petroleum, from which he’s received $56,500 in PAC donations and another $90,000 in individual contributions.

    continue reading —
    http://www.fivethirtyeight.com/2010/06/top-donor-to-barton-is-partner-of-bp-on.html

  17. Horace Silver (born September 2, 1928), born Horace Ward Martin Tavares Silva in Norwalk, Connecticut, is an American jazz pianist. Silver is known for his distinctive humorous and funky playing style and for his pioneering compositional contributions to hard bop. Silver was influenced by a wide range of musical styles, notably gospel music, African music, and Latin American music and sometimes ventured into the soul jazz genre.

    Song for My Father is a 1964 album by the Horace Silver Quintet, released on the Blue Note label. The album was inspired by a trip that Silver had made to Brazil. The cover artwork features a photograph of Silver’s father, John Tavares Silver, to whom the title song was dedicated.

    A jazz standard, “Song for My Father” is here in its original form. It is a Bossa Nova in F-minor with an AAB head. On the head, a trumpet and tenor saxophone play in harmony. The song has had a noticeable impact in pop music. The opening bass piano notes were borrowed by Steely Dan for their song “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number”, while the opening horn riff was borrowed by Stevie Wonder for his song “Don’t You Worry ‘Bout a Thing”.

    Horace Silver — piano
    Carmell Jones — trumpet
    Joe Henderson — tenor saxophone
    Teddy Smith — bass
    Roger Humphries — drums