Guys talk about their dads on Father's Day

Guys talk about their dads on Father's Day

We asked a bunch of guys about their dads and what they'll be remembering on Father's Day.

The University of Illinois Orange and Blue golf courses seemed like a good place to start, and to change it up a little, we also went to Cafe Kopi and the Esquire.

A couple of guys were children of bad divorces and didn't have memories they wanted to share, but most remember dad for two things: 1) sports and 2) power tools. Oh, and one vote for Beethoven.

Those who are now dads themselves say they appreciate how the Big Guy made a big fuss over the Aqua Velva and cheap ties that were their Father's Day gifts of yore.

So it goes on eternally, like Harry Chapin's "Cat's in the Cradle," only happier for most of us.

1) Tony Rodems, Tolono

"I remember Oct. 1, 1994, when I got a hole in one and he got a deuce."

2) Yoshi Hayasaki, Champaign

"My father supported me in all my (gymnastics) practices, and enjoyed my progress whether I won or lost. But he did not support my decision at 18 years old to come to America. Finally he supported me and said "Do not come back before you accomplish something there."

3) Jeff Butts, Champaign

"A good memory was when we took him to a baseball game and he fell. Without that, we might not have found out about his cancer and not had him around for two more years, to watch him water ski at 84."

4) Joe Thompson, Urbana

"I remember when dad won the University of Illinois Open by beating my brother in 1974."

5) Mark Whitney, Urbana

"The first time I saw him cry was listening to a beautiful piece of music, Beethoven I think. It showed me another side of what it meant to be a man."

6) Kurt Djordjevic, Savoy

"My dad would take me to the San Diego Zoo on my birthday. He was in the Navy, so I didn't always get to see a lot of him."

7) Patrick Singer, Champaign

"A trip to the East Coast with him for baseball — Fenway, Yankee Stadium, Camden Yard, the Hall of Fame. I'm still a diehard St. Louis Cards fan."

8) Peter Kim, Champaign

"I remember one birthday when my father gave me a lot of money and I bought toys."

9) Jason Ewing, Urbana

"My dad has a really gruff voice, and he answered the phone with our last name. I told him it scared the kids calling me. The next time he answered the phone with a silly sweet, high-pitched voice saying 'Hello' and gave me a devilish look."

10) Tom Sheehan, Champaign

"He taught me how to fix things."

11) Kerry Gaskill, Champaign

"When he was in the Marines, he was supposed to demonstrate a flamethrower. He turned it on, let it go and fell right down. The flames were going everywhere. He told that story on himself."

12) Steve Hamilton, Ogden

"I play catch with my kids because my dad played catch with me, and it was fun."

13) Rob Kowalski, Urbana

"I always remember giving him Soap On A Rope and 'collectors' bottles of Old Spice. He would always be thrilled."

14) Dave Shaffer, Mahomet

"We spent a lot of time hunting in the hills of Pennsylvania."

15) Jon Swenson, Mahomet

"For my entire childhood, there was nothing he didn't do for his family."

16) Brett Mook, Champaign

"Once he was standing quietly watching TV. I shouted through the window screen (from outside) at the top of my lungs. He came unglued. Then did a belly laugh, because we must have the same sense of humor."

17) Bilal Mahbub, Champaign

"In Amsterdam, we were around a lot of bees. He started to say, 'if you don't bother them —ow!'"

18) Fred Stavins, Champaign

"I bought my father a new lawn mower as a joke when I went away to college."

19) Elmore O'Neal, Urbana

"We played a lot of cards. He'd tell me, 'big trees fall when I win.'"

20) John Phipps, Champaign

"When Andy Kaufman got off that last shot at the Illinois-Iowa game (in 1993), he called me and said, 'You've got to turn on ESPN.'"

21) Christian Alcantara, Champaign

"Going to Yankee Stadium with him in 2010."

22) Danny Hill, Champaign

"Going to a Cubs game. They lost."

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