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9 Dads Who Will Wow You with Their Coolness

9 Dads Who Will Wow You with Their Coolness
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This Sunday, June 16th, is Father’s Day in the U.S. Whether you’re honoring your dad in a waste-free way, cooking him something fresh and healthy to eat or just sitting down together to reminisce, here are some very cool dads — please note anyone else!

Most of all, wishing you and your dads (and my own — Happy Father’s Day, Dad!) a wonderful day together.

1. Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln head on shoulders photo portrait

The 16th president of the U.S. had four sons and has been described as a doting father, allowing his children free run of the White House and even stopping cabinet meetings for them (qualities suggested in Steven Spielberg’s movie which shows Lincoln piggybacking his son, Willie, off to bed). Sadly, only one of his children, Robert Todd Lincoln, lived to adulthood.

Photo via Wikimedia Commons

2. William Jackson Smart

Tie Card

An American Civil War veteran, Smart raised his six children on his own in Spokane, Washington, after the death of his wife in childbirth — yes, even in the “olden days,” dads stepped up to the plate to take care of their kids. Smart’s oldest and only daughter, Sonora Smart Dodd, created Father’s Day in honor of him, after hearing about the newly invented Mother’s Day.

Photo via Phil Downey/Flickr

3. Dick Hoyt

Dick and Rick Hoyt

1,091. That is the number of races that 72-year-old Dick Hoyt and his 51-year-old son, Rick, have completed together. Rick was diagnosed as a spastic quadriplegic with cerebral palsy in 1962. After the father and son team completed their first 5-mile race in 1977, Rick told his father “Dad, when I’m running, it feels like I’m not handicapped.” So began their participation in marathons, duathlons and triathlons (including the Ironman) together. Talk about a team!

Photo via Drew Bennett/Flickr

4. Rick Cass

Blue Mountains, New South Wales

On July 3 of 2009, 19-year-old Jamie Neale decided to go for a 10-mile hike in New South Wales’s Blue mountains wearing only light clothing and without his cell phone. He was not seen for twelve more days, during which he ate seeds and leaves and slept under logs for warmth. A huge rescue operation ensued until Neale chanced upon two walkers. While Cass joked that Neale had done something not so very smart, his honest joy shows that he knew what was most important. As he said to reporters: “I was like a lunatic. My boy’s been found! My boy’s been found!”

Photo of Blue Mountains via Emma Goodard/Flickr

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5:13PM PDT on Aug 2, 2013

all so touching

8:54PM PDT on Jun 21, 2013

noted

8:22AM PDT on Jun 20, 2013

I would like to honor all the unsung heroes...the fathers who go to work every day at a job they hate just so they can pay the bills and put food on the table, and who are kind to their children and tell them that they love them.

5:49AM PDT on Jun 20, 2013

Nice one..

6:08PM PDT on Jun 19, 2013

Happy Father's Day!

11:30PM PDT on Jun 18, 2013

Great article with amazing dads.thanks for sharing

5:57PM PDT on Jun 18, 2013

#1 should have been God ;)

11:51AM PDT on Jun 17, 2013

Number seven is almost as good a version, as the original!!!

10:24AM PDT on Jun 17, 2013

no. 6 dad reminded me of a joke i heard several years ago, it's easier to run with your kilt up than your pants down, nudge, nudge, wink, wink :D

go dads!

10:11AM PDT on Jun 17, 2013

Not every body has a good dad so if you are lucky enough to have one...TELL HIM...

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