Archive for June 17th, 2009

Did You Know? Countdown to Father's Day 2009 (06/17)

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore
About Father’s Day & Fatherhood

June 17 : 04 days till Father’s Day

Did you know that fatherhood is an experience that bonds men across generations, continents and life styles?

For example, even world famous dad Brad Pitt suffers from the dreaded effects of sleep deprivation. “I love it,” he once said about fatherhood.  “…and can’t recommend it any more highly – although sleep is nonexistent.”

Father’s Day is a day of commemoration and celebration of Dad. It is a day to not only honor your father, but all men who have acted as a father figure in your life – whether as Stepfathers, Uncles, Grandfathers, or “Big Brothers.” So join our Father’s Day festivities as we present a new “Did You Know?” fact each day as we countdown to Father’s Day on June 21st!

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(June 17) Today we're observing . . .  Watergate Day

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009


Watergate Day
The anniversary of the 1972 Watergate break-in, which would eventually lead to the resignation of President Richard Nixon two years later.

Countdown to Father's Day: Top TV Dads

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

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As we countdown to Father’s Day (06/21) – here’s our continuing look at some of TV’s favorite fathers: From the 1950s cardigan-wearing, “Father Knows Best” types to the 21st century guys juggling dysfunctional families and questionable careers.

TV’s Top Dads (in chronological order)

Steven Keaton (1980′s)
Steven Keaton (played by Michael Gross) was the liberal, loving dad to three in Family Ties (1982-1989). Both Steven and wife Elyse were former flower children trying to reconcile their now suburban lifestyle with a soulful quest to “do good” in the world. Steven found an outlet for his altruism in his career – running the public TV station; but at home, this former hippy was constantly foiled by eldest son Alex “P.” Keaton, a hard-core Reagan Republican.

Check back each day for another TV dad (or you can cheat and check out all our TV dads here).

Our Favorite Celeb Dads – Favorite Super Hero Dad

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

Our Favorite Celeb Dads
From musicians to athletes to actors, join us as we continue our countdown to Father’s Day with the hottest celebrity pops in the business. And we’ve even got a genuine super hero dad!

Favorite Super Hero Dad: Tobey Maguire
He’s played Red Pollard in Seabiscuit and Homer Wells in Cider House Rules, but say Tobey Maguire’s name and everyone thinks about just one role: Spiderman. Interesting, then, that in real life, Tobey is much more like Spidey’s alter-ego Peter Parker than the web-slinging super hero.

Tobey is known for being extremely private, unassuming and modest – especially for a guy reportedly earning close to $20 million a picture. Perhaps that’s because it hasn’t always been accolades and action figures for Tobey Maguire.

Born to an unmarried teenage mom, Tobey spent much of his childhood being bounced around the West Coat, from one relative’s house to the next: “I realized at a young age that I was responsible for myself. My feelings of love or security or happiness – they were all in my own hands.”

All that changed in 2003 when Tobey met his now wife Jen Meyer, jewelry designer and daughter of Universal Studios President and CEO Ron Meyer. In November 2006, the couple welcomed their daughter Ruby Sweetheart, and in September 2007, they married at an intimate, private ceremony in Hawaii.

Now, the almost three-year-old Ruby has become the undeniable center of Tobey’s (and Jen’s) world: “It’s a very dramatic change,” he told David Letterman recently. “It’s great. She’s so adorable. She’s just a smiley, little beautiful thing.”

Check back each day for another celeb dad (or you can cheat and check out all our Favorite Celeb Dads here)

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