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Father’s Day Gifts for the Dad Who Has it All!

Purified Oxygen

Dads love breathing, studies show that it’s the thing they do most, but has your father ever inhaled pure oxygen? Probably not. Head over to any medical store and pick up an oxygen tank and breathing mask (it’s probably an over-the-counter kinda thing). You’re dad is going to love breathing this stuff! If he doesn’t want it, hold onto it for when he gets older and has no choice.

Bootlegged Jimmy Buffett Recordings

What better way to kick off the summer than with a mix of your dad’s favorite Jimmy Buffett tracks? He’ll feel right at home, listening to Margaritaville and shouting “SALT! SALT! SALT!” As drunken parrot-heads begin to overpower the music, promise him you’ll find a recording closer to the stage for his birthday.

A Trump Sticker

Whether or not your father plans to support Trump, he’s sure to have friends/siblings clinging on to that lifestyle choice. This gift may be less about giving him the chance to express himself politically and more about giving him a chance to blend in under the Trump regime. If he is a Trump supporter, perhaps the gift of a sticker will be enough to say “you don’t have to talk to me about politics anymore.”

A Free Pass on Caitlyn Jenner

God bless him, your dad really is trying to understand “this transgender thing.” He tries his best, but ultimately still screws up pronouns and uses the term “transgendered.” Still, it’s clear his heart is in the right place, so maybe let it slide for Father’s Day.

Mow the Lawn or Something

At your dad’s age, any excuse to get out of manual labor is more than welcome. You’ve got a free hour, use his mower and his gas and get the job done for him. Not only will he thank you, but maybe you’ll get ten bucks out of it, for old times sake.

A Trip to the Sea

What old man doesn’t want to feel like Hemingway in his prime? Take him out a boat, let his coarse hands take to a bottle of whiskey like an old friend. Then, bring him to a bar to meet an old friend where the two can get belligerent and start a fist fight. What fun!

A Neck Tie Made From Macaroni

Remind your father of the old days when you would make birthday cards out of construction paper and macaroni in art class. Of course, you’re both older now and he could use something a little more practical so make a cumbersome neck tie that he can show off to co-workers who still think you’re 6.

Promise Not To Put Him In A Home

It’s inevitable that you’ll have to allocate some of his social security to a nice rest home, but for now let’s live in a world where that doesn’t have to happen. Let dad ignorantly enjoy his freedom, stairways, and the opportunity to fall and get up on his own, he’ll really thank you for it.

Kevin Cole

Andy, Don & Dan

Daniel de Visé is the author of Andy & Don, a book that chronicles the lives and friendship of Andy Griffith and Don Knotts. De Visé, who is Don Knotts’ brother-in-law, brings over 20 years of journalism experience to his research and writing. We had the chance to speak to him about covering one of television’s most renowned comedies and its stars.

The book is about Andy [Griffith] and Don [Knotts]—is it focused on their friendship throughout life or just [The Andy Griffith Show] and their friendship within it?

It’s about their friendship throughout—but remember, they weren’t friends until they were in the third decades of their lives, and the middle 50% of the book is about the show. That’s such a massive part of their friendship and what people care about. I try to start with each man’s birth and go all the way to their death.

So it’s like a double-biography.

It is a double-biography. It’s funny—an early reviewer of it accused me of writing a formulaic double-biography, which is hilarious because I didn’t know there was a formula. I apparently followed it unwittingly.

Daniel De Vise

How do you find the balance between both subjects?

The balance came easily, because I started by focusing one long chapter on each man’s childhood. Once they’re together, there’s all those chapters where they’re both participating. Once they’re apart again, later in their lives, each man did so many different things that I found myself focusing 50/50 on each of them. It would have been tricky if one had done a lot less, but they were both so active throughout their careers. It was easy to keep it moving on both of them.

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