“Eccentric and honest.
He’s denitely eccentric—to give you one example, he’s very proud of hisworld record for the most number of footnotes in a law review arcle. It was his Mt. Everest: 4,281. But moreimpressive to me, is that he’s honest. To the extreme. Whenever we’re on a road trip, he refuses to pull overat any old Holiday Inn or McDonald’s to use the bathroom. Not unless we buy something. Otherwise, he says,we’d be stealing their soap and paper towels. So our bladders may be fuller, but our conscience is spotless.”A.J. Jacobs, author.“Aloof. Self-centered.”John C. Abell, journalist.“Charisma and character. He had a crowded, loving funeral. I met so many people that day who I’d never seenbefore; people whose lives had been touched by him. The parking lot was overowing. It made it easier forme in a way, as grieving him became, unexpectedly, a communal experience. And even though he died when Iwas 16 he le me with lessons that have been good company my whole life.”Alexander Chee, novelist.
Ben Corman, creave director of Rudius Media.“Quiet. Stern.”Randy Strauss, EMT.“I’ll give you two pairs of contradicons: warm/explosive and fun/depressive. What can I say? He was loving,and he drank.”Gordon Wheeler, CEO, Esalen Instute.“Tough. Caring. He’s a great dad, but of course I didn’t always think that when I was 16 and he was trying toget me not to act like an idiot.”Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern University head football coach.“Oh, wow. My dad. My dad is… he’s… wow. I’m trying to come up with the two that best describe him. I wouldsay the two words would be…wow, this is… do people have a hard me with this? My dad is sweet and prag-mac. My dad was my high school principal. It sucked.”Brady Udall, novelist.“Renaissance man.”Jerey Zaslow, journalist and author.“Determined, tough, and compassionate.”Josh Kra, CEO, Boys & Girls Club of Boston. His father is Robert Kra, owner of the New England Patriots.“Casual and guarded.”Tertulien Thomas, Jr., actor and model.
We asked men to describe their fathers in two words.This is what they said. www.GoodMenProject.com