1. What is the official flower for Father’s Day? (Hint: red if he’s living; white if he’s deceased)
2. In a time when childrearing was seen as women’s work, Charles Darwin, the “father of evolution,” played a central role in educating and raising his children. Although two of them died in infancy, how many kids did Darwin have?
3. The president with the most children was President John Tyler, who served from 1841 to 1845. How many children did he have?
4. How many of George Foreman’s 10 children have “George” in their name?
“When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.”
“Dad: A son’s first hero, a daughter’s first love.”
“She did not stand alone, but what stood behind her, the most potent moral force in her life, was the love of her father.”
“You can tell what was the best year of your father’s life, because they seem to freeze that clothing style and ride it out.” ~Jerry Seinfeld
“A man knows when he is growing old because he begins to look like his father.” ~Gabriel Garcia Marquez
“By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he’s wrong.” ~Charles Wadworth
“Dads are like chocolate chip cookies; they may have chips or be totally nutty, but they are sweet and make the world a better place, especially for their children.” ~Hillary Lytle
If you don’t know everything…
No first first children. George Washington, the celebrated father of our country, had no children of his own. A 2004 study suggested that a type of tuberculosis that Washington contracted in childhood may have rendered him sterile. He did adopt the two children from Martha Custis’s first marriage.
Background vocals. The Stevie Wonder song “Isn’t She Lovely” is about his newborn daughter, Aisha. If you listen closely, you can hear Aisha crying during the song.
The mother of Father’s Day. Father’s Day was invented by Mrs. Sonora Smart Dodd, from Spokane, Washington, whose father had, as a single parent, raised his six children. The first Father’s Day was celebrated on June 19, 1910.
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