Father's Day was first celebrated on June 19, 1910, about two years after Mother's Day began to be celebrated. It was a modest beginning, as most of these things go. Sonora Smart Dodd held a held a small celebration at a YMCA in Spokane, Washington, to honor her father, Civil War veteran, William Jackson Smart, who raised six children as a single parent. He was left alone to raise six kids when his wife died in childbirth with the last one.
Sonora wanted the event to be close to June 5th which was the date of her father's death, but problems with planning pushed it back to the third Sunday in June and there it stayed.
It wasn't until 1966 that President Johnson designated that the third Sunday in June was the official day to celebrate Dads! He did it by executive order, but it wasn't until 1972 that it became a national holiday.
I was always partial to Sheriff Taylor and his son, Opie. It was just so sweet and Sheriff Taylor wasn't a bumbling idiot or so naive that he was not to be believed. He was just a middle-of-the-road country Dad with "horse sense" about most people, but he just could not see how much Helen loved him.. My next favorite was Howard Cunningham of Happy Days. He felt genuine to me and I loved his relationship with his wife, Marion. "Mr. C" was a father figure to many kids, just as it was in my home.
Ward Cleaver (Leave it to Beaver), Jim Anderson (Father Knows Best) and Steve Douglas (My Three Sons) were a bit too "disengaged" emotionally until it was time to "deliver a lesson".
There are animated Dads and movie Dads. Some of the actors who played Father roles on television and the big screen have disappointed, and yes, even disgusted us with their "real-life" troubles. That just goes to show you that even Dads are vulnerable to making bad decisions. The same goes for Moms.
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