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Mike lives in Brooklyn with his wife, two children, and increasing dependence on alcohol. Find him on dadandburied.com and its associated social channels (FB, IG, Twitter) and be ready for him to mock his kids, himself, and maybe even you.

Robin Williams’ Son Zak Pays Tribute to Dad With Naming of Firstborn

McLaurin Clement Williams
(Instagram/zeldawilliams)

Everyone loved Robin Williams, his energy, spontaneity, and unbridled creativity thrilled stand-up audiences, TV viewers, and moviegoers alike for decades. It was a tragedy and something of a shock to the general public when the legendary comedian took his own life.

When Robin Williams committed suicide five years ago, the world lost one of it’s brightest, most joyful presences. The loss we feel, of course, is nothing compared to what his family had to endure, including his eldest son Zak Williams.

 

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You’re a grown man now and I’m so proud of you. A little bit of you will always be my “Mr Pym”. Happy Birthday, @zakpym!

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On May 22nd, via an exclusive report from People, Zak and his fiancee Olivia Williams welcome their first child, and Zak paid tribute to his late father with the name they chose. The 8lb baby is named McLaurin Clement Williams, which might not sound like a tribute to Robin until you learn that the unique “McLaurin” was Zak’s father’s middle name.

Zak’s sister, Robin’s daughter Zelda, posted photos of her nephew on Instagram, in which she reveals that McLaurin will go by “Mickey.”

Zak is an entrepreneur, but after his father took his own life, his son became a staunch mental health advocate as well. In the aftermath of his father’s death, when the actor, who had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, it was revealed that some of his symptoms were also a result of diffuse Lewy body dementia.

In an excerpt from a biography of his father, printed in Vanity Fair after his dad’s passing, Zak expressed regret over not spending more time with Robin in those final few months

I’m kicking myself for not visiting him during that time. Because I think that was a very lonely period for him. In retrospect, I feel like I should have been there, spending time with him. Because someone who needs support was not getting the support he needed.

With the birth of his son and the use of McLaurin as his son’s name, Zak is paying sweet tribute to his father.

Clever Ad Campaign Recreates Iconic Living Rooms With IKEA Furniture

IKEA Recreates Famous Rooms
(IKEA)

We’ve all done it. We’ve all sat around watching TV and wondered how the characters can afford their lavish apartment. A group of twenty-somethings living in a pair of Manhattan apartments with spacious living rooms, multiple bedrooms, and full-sized kitchens? In this economy?

You probably guessed that I’m talking specifically about “Friends,” the classic 90s sitcom that was the poster-child from unrealistic real estate expectations. It simply didn’t make sense, certainly not to anyone who’s lived in NYC anytime in the past 30 years, that an often unemployed chef, a masseuse, and a waitress at a coffee shop could afford the rent, let alone stylishly furnish their sprawling apartment.

Unless they shopped at IKEA. Which still would have cost them. But how much?

The Swedish furniture manufacturer, notorious for its own sprawling spaces, cheap prices, and mind-bending instruction manuals decided to help us out. They recreated Monica, Phoebe, and Rachel’s village apartment entirely out of items in their catalog. Complete with prices! (Although in foreign currency.)

The recreation is part of a brilliant ad campaign IKEA United Emirates called “Real Life Series”, which was dreamed up by Publicis Spain. The “Friends” living room isn’t the only one they put together. They also recreated Joyce Byers’ home, including the alphabet wall, from “Stranger Things.”

They didn’t rebuild the Upside-Down version of the room (IKEA is not LEGO), but for their third room, they chose a place just as surreal: the Simpsons’ family room, home of the couch gag.

I don’t know that I’ve ever wondered about the cost of the iconic Simpson’s couch, but kudos to Publicis Spain and IKEA for running with this clever campaign. Now you have all the information you need to model your own home after your favorite fictional family and “Friends.”

Just don’t count on being able to fit it all, especially if you live in Manhattan.

Father Figures: Newfound Sense

Christian Madamba
(Supplied/Christian Madamba)

“When I held my daughter for the first time, I felt this newfound sense.

I can’t really put it into words other than it was like someone put a blanket or cape over my back and I was donned with this responsibility of protecting this being for the rest of my life.

At that moment, I knew that my purpose in life was no longer for me but for her.”

– Christian Madamba

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Check out the previous editions of Father Figures here.

#DadsDoHairToo Showcases the Mad Hairstyling Skills of Dads

#DadsDoHairToo Hashtag
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It’s no secret that more and more dads are becoming involved in this parenting thing. We’ve always been there, but with the culture continuing to move forward, and social media helping expose our efforts, recognition has been growing.

A perfect example of the increased spotlight on involved dads is the popular Instagram hashtag #DadsDoHairToo which showcases thousands of dads helping their daughters do their hair. And that’s not the only hashtag that gathers photos and videos of fathers fashioning the favorite females’ hair into braids and ponytails and more. Others, like #hairbydad, #dadsdohair, and #daddyhairstylist, add hundreds more examples to the mix.

There are famous dads doing their best hair care, including Serena Williams’ husband, who, the star tennis player told Vogue, takes it upon himself to visit Facebook groups that offer tips for doing his daughter’s hair.

Most of these dads aren’t famous or married to celebrities, they’re just everyday dads doing what they can for their daughters, and taking pride in their handiwork! Some of the hairstyles these dads are whipping up are no joke. Bear with me as I make up names for these elaborate braids.

I call this one Lattice Work:

Going with Kris Kross on this one:

Um, Thick AF? No, I’m being informed by the judges that this is actually a “French Braid,” my apologies:

Silent But Deadly:

 

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Tonight’s episode of Hair styles of the Rage and the famous. Featuring Penelope, Produced by Rage. #dadsdohair

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This dad and his daughter clearly know what they’re doing at this point:

 

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Our favorite Videos haven’t did one in a while 🤴🏽👸🏽❤️ #tbt

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Thankfully, this ace dad filmed himself at high-speed, because it must have taken him half the day to handle his twins’ hair and their younger sister’s.

 

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#yup it’s just that #easy #dadlife #hairstyles #tresninas #dadsdohairtoo

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This is some impressive work. I have two boys, and neither of them has the kind of hair that stands up to much more than some sprayed water and a tussle.

Maybe my wife will let me give it a shot?

Cheers Stepdads, This Tearjerking Bud Ad is for You

Budweiser Stepdad Ad
(YouTube/Budweiser)

Today is Father’s Day, and we at The Dad always do our best to celebrate not only the things that make dads special, but also to recognize the many different kinds of fathers, and father figures, that we all rely on. This includes those that aren’t biologically related to their children. Thankfully, we aren’t alone in appreciating them.

It’s always nice to see an undersung portion of the parenting community gets its due. Especially when that due comes in the form of a nationally televised commercial from one of America’s most popular brands.

If you haven’t seen the latest Budweiser commercial yet, get your hankies out. Because this Father’s Day, the King of Beers is paying homage to stepdads, and things get a little dusty.


The ad, entitled “For The Fathers Who Stepped Up” features three kids talking about their stepdads and the role they played in their lives. At the end of each segment, the kids pull out a piece of paper for their stepdad to sign in order to adopt them and “become [their fathers] for real.”

One young woman tells her stepfather: “Everything that my biological father promised that he would do, you actually came through and did.”

“On a day when the world celebrates fathers, Budweiser wants to shine an unexpected light on fatherhood. That’s why this Father’s Day, Budweiser is toasting stepfathers who love their stepchildren like their own,” Monica Rustgi, vice president of marketing for Budweiser, told Today by email.

In true dad fashion, after his daughter asks him to adopt her and in the midst of the emotional moment, literally mid-hug, one dad asks, “Does your mom know about this?” Shout out to that guy for not letting the moment get in the way of a killer joke! He truly is a dad.

Before the ad ends, probably right around the time you’re wiping your eyes, Budweiser asks viewers to share their stories about how a father stepped up, and for everyone they get, the brewery promises to donate a dollar to the Stepfamily Foundation to support blended families. The screen momentarily reads “For all the stepfathers” before the “step” is erased and it just reads “For all the fathers. This Bud’s for you.”

Needless to say, some of the more than 1 million viewers who’ve seen the ad have gotten a tad emotional online.




Jim and Pam Got Into It Over the Boston/St. Louis Stanley Cup Finals

Jim VS Pam Stanley Cup
(Twitter/johnkrasinski)

Despite the many rumors of an eventual reboot, “The Office” has been off the air for a while now, and the cast has largely moved on. Some joined the “Space Force,” some are starring in State Farm commercials, and some are taking time off from directing blockbuster horror movies and family sitcoms to antagonize each other about the Stanley Cup finals.

John Krasinski and Jenna Fisher may have played one of television’s most beloved couples, but in real life, such a match could never work. At least not during hockey season. Certainly not this season!

Krasinski, who hails from Massachusetts, and Fisher, a St. Louis native, found themselves at odds when the Bruins and the Blues clashed in the Stanley Cup finals this June. It all started when a “blues fan” on Twitter noticed the sitcom spouses dueling allegiances.

Krasinski responded to the viral tweet with a loaded “uh oh,” but Fisher didn’t seem to be too worried. She taunted her former castmate.


Fisher then appeared on NBC’s coverage of the playoffs to detail the St. Louis/Boston feud that had been going on since the Sox/Cardinals World Series years before.

Jim battled back with a video of his own, in which he invited a mutual friend to watch Game 7 with him in Boston. Viewers of the show should have no trouble recognizing Pam’s ex…


Fisher had no choice but to tip her cap to her co-star for that one.

Of course, Pam got the last laugh, as the Blues escaped Boston with a shutout and their first Stanley Cup championship! Here’s hoping those two love birds can set their rivalry aside now, for the sake of their kids.

Father Figures: Happy Father’s Day

Numesh Acharya
(Supplied/Numesh Acharya)

“I had a mini heart attack at 2 am in the morning when my wife woke me up and said, ‘I think my water’s broke.’

Later that morning, our champ Ayden was born. It was an awesome and proud moment, becoming a dad for the first time ever. I was thinking of all the things I was going to do with Ayden. Until I had been awake for 72 hours and I was feeling like a zombie (wife had a c-section).

That’s when I said to myself: ‘Yup, this is what being a father is. Sacrifice! Sacrifice! And nothing but sacrifice!’

It is. But obviously, the results are not disappointing.

It is the best thing in the world to be a father. But if you cannot sacrifice and still want to act as if you do not have a baby, do it before you plan to be. It is the truth, there will be restrictions, and when I say restrictions I really mean it. My statement is in no way a discouraging one because you can do it together, you, your wife and your kiddo. But you just can’t act like you used to.

I used to come home from work for my wife until we had Ayden. Now, it’s for Ayden and my wife. I feel like that is the sole purpose of my existence: to come home hug and kiss him and sing a song for him. God made my wife for me and Ayden for both of us. He is about to be 5 months and I cannot wait for him to say “Dada.” And there is not a single moment that I have regretted this.

Happy Father’s Day to all dads out there.”

– Numesh Acharya

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Check out the previous editions of Father Figures here.

Canadian Dad Cracks Safe That’s Been Locked for 40 Years

Canadian Dad Cracks Safe
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Usually, when you picture a master safecracker, he’s dressed like a cat burglar, has all sorts of special tools, and probably has a mustache. Or at least a tattoo.

And he’s almost definitely not Canadian. No offense to our friendly neighbors to the north, among whom are surely plenty of master safecrackers!

This time, though, the safecracker was Canadian. And has a dad bod. His name is Stephen Mills, and he doesn’t really consider himself a master safecracker, but you gotta play with the hand you’re dealt! Stephen and his family were visiting the Vermilion Heritage Museum in Alberta, Canada, and the museum just so happens to be in possession of a safe that belonged to a local hotel that has been closed down since the 70s.

The museum allows tourists to take a shot at cracking the safe, knowing full well it would never happen. And then Stephen Mills came along.

He saw the safe and thought, “That’s quite a time capsule, I’m gonna give that a try. I knelt down and put my ear up to the combination lock, like you see in the movies,” the master safe-cracker told CNN.

Stephen sized up the safe and gave it a go. “Typical combination lock, three times clockwise – 20 – two times counterclockwise – 40 – once clockwise – 60, tried the handle and it went,” he said.

To the astonishment of everyone, including Tom Kibblewhite, a museum volunteer, Stephen turned the lock and opened the door. “I just saw him opening the door,” Tom said, “and that doesn’t happen!”

“It was just one of those things,” Stephen told the BBC, ever humble. “I just took a guess and got lucky!”

Unfortunately, there was nothing but a pay slip and a waitress’s order pad in the safe, so Stephen didn’t get rich. But after that stroke of luck, he’s not giving up just yet.

“I’m buying a lottery ticket tonight!”

Chicago Bulls Legend Adds 5-Yr-Old to $100k Property Damage Lawsuit

Pippen Sues 5-Yr-Old
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I’m not afraid to admit it: sometimes I wish I could sue my kids. And I definitely wish I could sue some other people’s kids. Maybe the third grader who bullied my son. Maybe my niece, who spit up on my favorite concert t-shirt. Maybe even my own baby who won’t let me sleep through the night!

But I never would. Because that’s just crazy.

In related news, Chicago Bulls legend Scottie Pippen is suing a 5-year-old.

To be fair, he’s merely adding her to an existing suit, but she definitely seems like the target! According to NBC News, Michael Joran’s sidekick (relax, I know how good he was) filed the original suit last year.

The little girl in question is the daughter of comedian Lindsay Glazer and her husband Jacob Woloshin, who had moved into Pippin’s Fort Lauderdale home after theirs had been damaged in a hurricane. They were paying $30,000 a month in rent, but that didn’t cover the damage their daughter did to “certain elements of the property” with crayons and markers. The lawsuit names the little girl and alleges that her parents have”responsibility for her conduct.”

The NBA Hall of Famer was selling his home but allowed the family to stay there so long as it remained in “top show condition.” But he’s suing them for more than $109,000 in damages done by their daughter, as well as their animals, a cat, and dog that were apparently allowed to “urinate throughout the home, thereby causing permanent stains and unsanitary conditions.”

Glazer is not taking these allegations lying down, responding, “Who would have ever thought that Dennis Rodman would be strengthening relations with North Korea, and Scottie ‘no tippin’ Pippen would be the crazy one suing little girls?” she said.

I don’t have any pets, but I do have a toddler, and I am quite certain he costs me at least $100,000 in damages and mental anguish. So I feel for Pippen. But suing a child isn’t the best look.

Autistic Boy Gets Cruel Trophy, Chicago Columnist Gives Him New Award

(Rick Castejon/Rex Huppke/Chicago Tribune)

It’s not easy being a kid, especially when you’re getting older and trying to learn how to exist in the world, all while figuring out who you are. Especially when you’re 12 and everything is changing so fast. Especially when you have autism.

It’s helpful, often necessary, for young kids to have advocates at school. Especially those kids with extra challenges. Which is what makes it so heartbreaking when someone who should be an advocate turns out to be anything but.

That’s what happened to 11-year-old autistic fifth-grader Akalis Castejon. Akalis goes to Bailly Preparatory Academy in Gary, Indiana, and he made the news recently when, at the school’s end of the year award ceremony, his special education teacher gave him a trophy for “Most Annoying Male.”

That’s right. He was insulted and given a trophy, at the 5th-grade celebration at a local Golden Corral. Needless to say, his family was stunned, and the school has acted swiftly against the teacher.

“We acknowledge the potential impact that an experience like this could have on a child’s mental well-being, self-esteem and overall level of comfortability in a learning environment going forward,” Gary Community School Corp. emergency manager Peter Morikis said, in a statement.

Chicago Tribune columnist Rex Huppke was appalled by the story and reached out to the boy’s father. It seems Akalis didn’t understand he was being ridiculed and was excited to receive a trophy.

“I’m kind of glad that he didn’t understand,” Castejon told Huppke. And he expressed his concerns about his son’s future. “I’m not going to be around forever to take care of him,” Castejon said. “I want things to be better for him.”

Huppke took it upon himself to make amends for the community and made a special announcement in his column. Akalis is now the recipient of a special new award, a certificate that will be framed and sent to him, certifying that he is Rex Huppke’s “2019 Outstanding Person Award for his good cheer and for lifting up those around him.”

This time, Akalis will know what his award his for, and he’ll know that he deserves it.

Two Dads Adopt 6 Siblings Who Had Been in Foster Care for 5 Years

Dads Adopt 6 Kids
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It takes a special kind of person to be a foster parent. To bring someone else’s children into your home, open your heart to them and provide them with the love and stability they need is no simple task. It requires sacrifice and dedication and a level of selflessness that, frankly, very few people possess.

One Pennsylvania couple has all of those qualities in spades, and then some.

On May 23rd, Steve Anderson-McLean and Rob Anderson-McLean, a couple who live in Pittsburgh, stood before a judge and adopted not one, not two, not three, but six siblings who had been in foster care for nearly five years.

Steve and Rob, who were legally married in Maryland n 2013, both have grown children from previous marriages, but they decided they wanted more. And after seeing a news report on the tolls that the foster system often takes on siblings, they were inspired.

“Such a staggering amount of sibling groups are broken up and it broke our hearts,” Steve Anderson-McLean told Good Morning America. They discovered Carlos, 14, Guadalupe, 13, Maria, 12, Selena, 10, Nasa, 9, and Max, 7, and in May 2018, they were matched together.

“It was a bad background, a sad story — there was neglect and abuse,” he added. “It was in the fall of 2017 that parental rights were terminated.” In June 2018 the kids moved in with the couple, and almost a year later they made it official.

“The judge asked, ‘Do you understand at this point forward they are your children? They are just as much as your biological children.’ Obviously we knew that, but when I looked up and saw all those eyes, it was very emotional,” he said. “We never imagined we’d be lucky enough or blessed enough to have six.”

Father Figures: The Constant

Markey
(Supplied/Markey Munive)

“My husband is a hospital chaplain and pastor.

He is responsible for speaking words of love and comfort to those who are hurting.
He works 6 days a week sometimes 7.


He does this so that I can stay home with our son.
He gets up early in the mornings and tends to the baby so I can sleep.
He will get called into the hospital for a case where a child has been run over in the street by a family member.
He will get called for an old man who has just passed away and his family is grieving.
He will get called to the bedside of a baby born too soon and give words of comfort and love to the parents.

My husband sees humanity at its most vulnerable. He is able to spread love and joy to all he comes across. He ministers not only to the sick and dying but to their families, their caregivers, and the hospital staff.

In the midst of this, he still finds time to make our son laugh. When baby hears Dad’s car pull in he gets so excited. He flaps his little arms like he could take off and fly around the room. Then Daddy comes in the door and oh, the squeal of delight! He launches himself towards his dad and his dad always responds with a smile, a hug, and kiss.

Even with all the ups and downs of parenting, marriage and his job Jeff Munive is constant. He is our steady rock keeping our family on course.”

– Markey Munive

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Check out the previous editions of Father Figures here.

101-Yr-Old Veteran Travels Across Country to Commission Grandson

101 Yr Old Vet Commissions Grandson
(Facebook/US Air Force Academy)

Last week, members of “the greatest generation,” specifically those combatants who risked their lives for the freedom of the world on D-Day during World War II, were honored across the globe. There were ceremonies in multiple countries as the sacrifices those brave men and women made were honored on the 75th anniversary of the battle that helped turn the tide.

Many of those soldiers are still thriving today, like the nearly 100-year-old boss who recreated his parachute drop behind enemy lines.

While we were honoring the members of that generation, one of those men was helping honor a member of a much younger generation. Walter Kloc was an Air Force pilot during World War 2, and recently his grandson Joseph celebrated his graduation as one of 989 members of the US Air Force Academy’s class of 2019. And Walter, a hearty 101, flew from New York to Colorado to make sure he was there to commission him.

“I’m so excited for him,” Joseph’s father William Kloc told WGRZ before the trip to Colorado. “He’s fulfilling his dream and he was so excited that his grandfather, a World War II Air Force bombardier pilot, could come and commission him.”

The military has a tradition of having officers with living family members who served commission them, and Walter traveled across the country to do that for his grandson.

The academy shared a photo of the moment on their Facebook page, stating that “Walter received a standing ovation, and everyone in the room was gifted with a memory they’ll never forget.”

Joseph certainly won’t.