HAPPY GENTILE FATHER'S DAY

Frustrating lunchtime outing today - went to the store for Father and Grandfather cards for our own Dad - but since he neither fishes, golfs, fetishizes his toolbox, or dreams of NASCAR glory, what's there for him on the Father's Day card rack? Really, nothing. Can't someone put out a line of cards depicting a shvitz, or a printing calculator, or a bowl of pickles on a deli table? Anyway, we found a couple of desultory, generic cards and returned to work in time to see the special "Father's Day" lunch at the cafeteria - pork with macaroni-and-cheese. We're having a hard time feeling the love.

FATHER'S DAY WILL BE VERY SPECIAL IN THE SENATE THIS YEAR - AND NOT JUST FOR THE ANNUAL PATERNITY SUIT AGAINST TED KENNEDY

Six U.S. senators: Evan Bayh, Chris Dodd, Bob Bennett, Lincoln Chafee, Lisa Murkowski and David Pryor — three Democrats and three Republicans — currently represent the same state his or her father once did in the Senate.

AND WE THOUGHT SMALL FELLOW HAD PROBLEMS   

Images_1 Highlights magazine is turning 60 this month, and is also celebrating the impending sale of its billionth issue. While it's always tempting to poke fun at the squarest of all American magazines, we'll resist the urge, because Fellow loves his Highlights and its Hidden Pictures. And if you've ever wondered where they get their ideas for Goofus and Gallant, it's basically the same place Freelance Dad gets his story ideas:

 

[Editor Christine French] Clark says the magazine's goal is to "make sure that every child who picks up a copy of Highlights sees his or her face in the pages. . . ."

That sensation was once all too literal for Clark's daughter. Several years ago, the girl, then 9 years old, was perusing a copy of Highlights while riding in a car with her mother. Goofus was depicted as forgetting to deliver an important message to his mother -- the same omission the girl had recently been guilty of.

Suddenly, Clark heard her daughter gasp. Then came the accusing cry from the back seat: "You're using me as a model for 'Goofus and Gallant!' "

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