Archive for Sunday, June 20, 1999


June 20, 1999


Area sons and daughters have collected many pearls of fatherly wisdom. Many of these gems contain important life lessons, and all say something about those special advisers we call dads.

Keep the oil changed, or you'll be walking.

Don't read with the lights off.

Don't sit so close to the TV.

Keep your eye on the ball.

There's nothing duct tape can't fix.

Keep your tools clean.

It's time for you to leave.

Fatherly advice. It's in the job description along with mowing the lawn, emptying the trash, grilling the steaks and teaching bike riding.

Fatherly advice sometimes tells the child something about what really matters in life, but it always tells the child something about Dad.

The advice becomes more than just words to live by; it becomes a reminder of the man, his personality, values and ideals.

Our dads may have thought we weren't listening, but in between the reminders to "let the dog sniff your hand" and "stop riding the clutch," they managed to throw in some pearls of wisdom.

With that in mind, Journal-World took to the streets to ask area residents the best or most memorable advice given them by their fathers.

Trevor Messenger, 14, Southwest Junior High School student:

"Fords are better than Chevys. Chevys always fall apart."

Sam Passig, 7 years old:

"Never play with guns
, because if you shot it, you might shoot yourself, and that would be stupid."

Lee Brand, 18, O'Reilly Auto Parts employee:

"If you feel froggy, just jump."

Bud Stallworth, 49, Kansas University assistant director for design and construction management:

"Never think you cannot achieve your goals."

Aaron Douglas, 21, KU student:

"When he was talking to me about girls he said, 'No investment equals no return.' I've applied that to other areas in my life, too."

Tate Bremenkamp, 4 years old:

"My father taught me to play with my puppy, Gracie, a Great Pyrenees."

Scott Kroening, 21, KU student:

"It's only money."

Clinton Akerberg, 18, Lawrence High School student:

"Keep your eye on the ball."

Jason Joyce, 20, KU student:

"Son, you shouldn't want to be on MTV; you should want to own it!"

Bob Oderkirk, 37, Sunflower Datavision employee:

"Don't lie. Be honest."

David Ryan, 36, Web page designer:

"It had to do with sex. He said, 'As you get older, things calm down." I have always remembered that."

Jennifer Clarke, 22, retailer manager:

"Be good to people on the way up because you'll meet them on the way down."

Corey Sievers, 29, retail store merchandiser:

"Don't take any wooden nickels."

Todd Wedding, 19, student, School of Visual Arts of New York:

"You mess with the bull you get the horns. It has applied to a lot of things."

Rob Lawrence, 21, Baker University student:

"Think for yourself, be your own man, and take pride in everything you do. Never do anything halfway."

Michael Schmitt, 26, KU graduate student:

"Don't let yourself be held back by boundaries that aren't really there, and also just to be kind toward others."

Alan Gardner, 33, sign installation foreman:

"Never hit a woman."

Teresa Lane, 6, Hillcrest School student:

"Let dogs sniff your hands before petting them."

Morgan Huneck, 8, Roeland Park Elementary School student:

"You don't have to be perfect; just do your best."

Frankie Noyola, 17, Free State High School student:

"Be responsible, and always have respect."

Ian Cole 17, Olathe East High School student:

"Don't have unprotected sex."

Roxanna Fanning, 18, KU student:

"The most important thing in a relationship is making sure you both want the same thing."

Marcy Vickers, 7, Hillcrest School student:

"To always wear my seat belt."

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