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I’ve always thought that Father’s Day is one of those Hallmark holidays, created to celebrate dads – and to recognize them with cards and other gifts.  Brilliant marketing if you are a card company.

But actually, a woman gets credit for establishing the modern holiday: Sonora Dodd, who celebrated the first Father’s Day in Spokane, Wash., in 1910 to recognize her single-parent dad of six kids.

 

There are some things about the third Sunday in June, however, that one cannot make up, such as:

  • Dad’s root beer was the first product to be sold in a six-pack format…
  • Ken Griffey, Sr. and Ken Griffey, Jr. actually played on the same Major League Baseball team…
  • In Phoenix, we used to be able to watch the Danas, Joe, Kent and Joe (father, son, grandson), on TV at the same time…
  • At the Old Father Inn in Tucson, I once saw a horse come into the sports bar adorned in Green Bay Packers’ gear…
  • How I can reflect and realize that I do sound like my dad…
  • Weaving a joke into a story is a learned trait…
  • If I pay attention, I know what I’ll look like in 25 years…
  • There are things I’d have no way of knowing if it hadn’t been for my dad…
  • How proud you can be by watching your own children’s successes…
  • I already have enough neck ties…
  • You can never thank your dad enough…

I’m sure I’m missing a few things about Father’s Day that you just can’t make up.  Yep, it’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt.

Scott Hanson
Scott Hanson
President Scott is president of HMA Public Relations and a founding member of the Public Relations Global Network. He’s a Phoenix native, husband, father of two and a fan of all sports and a participant in some. Check out Scott's full bio

2 Comments

  1. I particularly like the last bullet point — you are right, you can never thank your dad enough. So to my dad and all the other great dads out there -THANK YOU!

  2. Stephanie Lough says:

    I am forever in debt to my dad – sounds cliche, but mine really is the best dad in the world!

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