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Dad in Two Words

Dad in Two Words

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Tom Matlack's weekly column from The Good Men Project magazine asked people to describe their dad in two words. Over 100 people answered. Here are the responses.
Tom Matlack's weekly column from The Good Men Project magazine asked people to describe their dad in two words. Over 100 people answered. Here are the responses.

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“Eccentric and honest.
He’s denitely eccentric—to give you one example, he’s very proud of hisworld record for the most number of footnotes in a law review arcle. 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 overowing. 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.
“Uninchingly strong.”
Ben Corman, creave director of Rudius Media.“Quiet. Stern.”Randy Strauss, EMT.“I’ll give you two pairs of contradicons: warm/explosive and fun/depressive. What can I say? He was loving,and he drank.”Gordon Wheeler, CEO, Esalen Instute.“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-mac. My dad was my high school principal. It sucked.”Brady Udall, novelist.“Renaissance man.”Jerey 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
 
“Vodka and charm.”Nick Flynn, poet, playwright, and author.“Compassionate and Botox. Wait, let’s replace Botox with awesome.”Tom Riles, comedian.“Clever. Wiy.”Andrew Seibert, president of SmartMoney.
“Con man.
Duncan Roy, lmmaker and Sex Rehab With Dr. Drew star.“Taxicab driver.”Sewell Chan, journalist.“Brave and loving. I need to elaborate. My father suered a paralyzing stroke when my motherwas pregnant with me in 1959. She already had four other young children at home, and his illnesswas a major impact on the enre family. I grew up watching him work hard all his life, despite hisparalysis, loving and providing for his family.”Michael Angley, author.“Loving contradicon.”Todd Mauldin, bluesman.“Brilliant and ineectual (and sadly, departed).”Alan Poul, director/producer.
“Honest Ragman.”
David Carr, author and journalist.“I only need one word. Abusador.”Junot Díaz, Pulitzer Prize-winning author.“Here’s what I’m going to say. I’m going to do more than two words, I’m sorry. But my dad isgenerous, honest, kind, principled, direct—but he’s an asshole. And it in some ways is a redeem-ing grace, because if he [had] all those virtues and was also just a nice guy all the me, he’d beperfect. He is a paragon of all that is best in a man, and yet a complete jerk at the same me.”Rev. John Finley IV, founder of the Epiphany School in Boston.“Kind. Withdrawn.”Joe McGinniss, author and journalist.“Simply complex.”Staord Arima, theater director.
Todd MauldinNick Flynn Junot Diaz
 
“Eccentric and honest.
He’s denitely eccentric—to give you one example, he’s very proud of hisworld record for the most number of footnotes in a law review arcle. 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 overowing. 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.
“Uninchingly strong.
Ben Corman, creave director of Rudius Media.“Quiet. Stern.”Randy Strauss, EMT.“I’ll give you two pairs of contradicons: warm/explosive and fun/depressive. What can I say?He was loving, and he drank.”Gordon Wheeler, CEO, Esalen Instute.“Tough. Caring. He’s a great dad, but of course I didn’t always think thatwhen I was 16 and he was trying to get 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-mac. My dad was my high school principal. It sucked.”Brady Udall, novelist.“Renaissance man.”Jerey 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.
Pat Fitzgerald Pat Fitzgerald 

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