2017-06-15 / Viewpoint

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A salute to the dads


Jeff Hogan — Editor Jeff Hogan — Editor Editor’s note: This column by Jeff Hogan was originally published last year in the Lapeer Area View. W hen I was a young man starting out I vowed I would never be like my dad.

But now I’m proud that in many ways I am just like him. It’s amazing what time and maturity will do to change one’s perspective on life.

As an adult with a son of my own and after five years since my dad died I have a renewed appreciation of everything he did in his life to give me and my brother and sisters the foundation to a good life.

June 18 is Father’s Day and an opportunity to reflect on our dads and what it means to be a father. I’ve done both.

As a teen I failed to appreciate the hard work and sacrifice my parents endured to put four kids through parochial education in grade and high school and then college. For several years my father, Frank P. Hogan, sold insurance for Allstate at Macomb Mall and didn’t make much money.

But we never went without, and for most of our childhood and teen years we always went on a week’s vacation when my parents rented a cabin on a northern Michigan or Upper Peninsula lake. There was always a lake to be out on at the crack of dawn to go fishing on.

Recently we looked at slides of our vacations. Oh my gosh we looked like refugees, especially in the early years when we all wore hand-me-down and resale shop clothes. Nothing matched and was often either too small or too large. We didn’t know better, and we didn’t need to — we were happy and we have great memories together as a family.

It wasn’t until after our father died did the four of us kids learn to the extent that our dad spent individual time with us to pursue our own individual interests or that he exposed us to new places and experiences. With me, my dad and I spent many a

Sunday afternoons exploring downtown Detroit and the riverfront each with a camera in our hands.

An accomplished sketch artist with a keen eye to detail, he introduced me to the world of photography.

He also shared his passion for the written word and the importance of journalism.

In 2008 he published a book titled

Sound-Alikes:

Dictionary of

Midwestern American English Homophones. The paperback is a handy compilation of homophones for anyone who is learning or simply curious about the English language. Homophones are words that sound the same but have different meanings and spellings. For example: there, their and they’re or rain, reign or rein.

His book is a great reference resource I use in my craft, one he was so proud I was associated with. My dad had little patience or regard for people who are willingly ignorant to their surroundings and current events as they relate to their inclusion and involvement in their communities. I do as well.

I miss you dad.

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads.

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