Jon Finkel and Art Eddy know because they’ve spent years interviewing fathers from the worlds of sports and entertainment for their writing and podcasting projects. The two veterans of the Life of Dad online community have collected some of the wisdom they have heard from famous fathers in book form, and we discuss it on the latest episode of The Modern Dads Podcast.
The Life of Dad: Reflections on Fatherhood from Today’s Leaders, Icons, and Legendary Dads is billed as “an all-encompassing, entertaining distillation of the full dad experience, through a collection of interviews, podcasts, online chats, Facebook Lives, and more, dispensing collective wisdom from dads who have been in the trenches.” Among the celebs dishing tales from the dad side are basketball great Shaquille O’Neal, rapper Ice Cube, comedians Jim Gaffigan and Denis Leary, and “The Fonz” (aka, that’s actor Henry Winkler, you whippersnappers).
NYC Dads Group member Mitch A. Chaitin raved about The Life of Dad book ion his website Gay NYC Dad. “These are challenging times for kids, and challenging times for adults. Reading anecdotes on fatherhood, on ways to raise kids, and on instilling good messages into our children’s lives, are things we all need to be reminded of often so that we can do the best parenting work possible!” he wrote.
Finkel, who co-hosts the weekly Life of Dad Sports Show with Eddy, is the author of many sports-themed books. His basketball book series, “Greatest Stars of the NBA” won several American Library Association awards. Finkel has written for Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, The New York Times, GQ and Details among many publications. He is also the publisher of Beckett Media.
Eddy is a co-founder of the Life of Dad network, which boasts more than 2.3 million likes on Facebook. He hosts and produces all of its podcasts as well as several Facebook Live shows. He is also an editor and featured blogger on Life of Dad website. Art has previously worked in radio in New York City, New Jersey, and New Hampshire.