Thursday, May 9, 2013
Family, fathers, Jim Gaffigan and Happy Mother's Day
There are few moments in life you really cherish. The kind of memories you hope to recall when you're on your death bed. Tonight was one of those for me.
I could not be more proud of our daughter, Hannah. She's beautiful and gracious and smart and I love her with all my heart. She thinks the world of me because tonight I was able to introduce her to Jim Gaffigan.
They met in the green room in Pfeiffer Hall at North Central College in Naperville before Jim talked about his book, "Dad Is Fat." Anderson's Bookshops--one of the nation's top independent booksellers--brought in Jim for a talk and book signing. Jim's brother Joe, who lives in Burr Ridge, introduced Jim and cohosted a chat about family, writing, inspiration and all sorts of things.
Their honesty was refreshing and wonderful, and they answered every question from the audience. The best was an extended exchange with a 9-year-old boy. A lot of aspiring comedians asked questions, and Jim brilliantly dealt with what he by now is no doubt used to: admirers gushing about his comic talents. It's well-deserved praise and admiration.
The evening reminded me of a night five years ago when I was managing editor of the daily Naperville Sun. Anderson's brought Tim Russert to town on his tour for "Wisdom of Our Fathers," his follow-up to "Big Russ and Me," about his father. Tim received many responses from readers who related stories about their fathers, and Tim collected the best. He picked one from my sister, Jeanne. They got to meet in the green room at Pfeiffer Hall in 2006, and
Naperville Sun publisher Jim Lynch did a great cover of the evening Tim was at Pfeiffer Hall. There's our Dad on the cover of the paper, with Jeanne on his shoulders. Dad was an engineer who designed an android NASA used to test space suits. His android is in the Smithsonian Institution. He also invented the surgical staple.
So happy Mother's Day, Mom. Thanks Jim G. for being so great tonight. Miss you, Dad, and our Jim, and Tim and all other great writers. Love you Jo, Hannah and Noah.