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These days, dads are in the picture, by Beverly Beckham

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I don't know when the late Erma Bombeck, whose column appeared in hundreds of newspapers for 30 years, wrote "The things a dad does." All I know is that I read it a long time ago, loved it, and saved it. And every Father's Day, I reread it because it captures a way of life that existed for most of the 20th century but doesn't anymore. Bombeck's piece is short, just 300 words.


Robert Young as the Father Who Knew Best, by Bev Beckham and the BostonGlobe.com

"When I was a little kid, a father was like the light in the refrigerator," it begins. "Every house had one, but no one really knew what either of them did once the door was shut. My dad left the house every morning and always seemed glad to see everyone at night."

Click here to read the rest of Erma Bombeck's and Beverly Beckham's pieces at the BostonGlobe.com.


I have a law degree (Stanford, 66') but have never practiced. Instead, from 1967 through 1977, I tried to contribute to the revolution in America. As unsuccessful as everyone else over that decade, in 1978 I went to work for the U.S. Forest (more...)
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