From Chicken Soup for the Father's Soul


Pamela Underhill Altendorf lives in Weyauwega, Wisconsin, with her husband. She studied writing at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, and her stories have appeared in newspapers and magazines. In addition to writing, Pam enjoys traveling and gardening. She may be reached by e-mail at: [email protected]

Mitch Anthony is a recognized keynote speaker with fifteen years’ experience giving over twenty-two hundred speeches around the world. He is the host of the nationally syndicated radio feature, The Daily Dose, which is heard on 150 stations worldwide. Mitch is also an award-winning author of numerous columns and magazine articles, and three books including StorySelling for Financial Advisors. He has been quoted in USA Today, Reader’s Digest, L.A. Times, etc., and has appeared on several national radio and TV programs.

Stefan Bechtel is the author or coauthor of five books, including The Good Luck Book and The Practical Encyclopedia of Sex and Health, which has over 1 million copies in print. He was a founding editor of Men’s Health magazine. His work has appeared in Esquire, The Washington Post and elsewhere.

Stacey Becker has just started her first year at Brooklyn Law School. Her father still calls ten times a day along with her mother, who is just as amazing as he is. Stacey joined a coed softball league in Brooklyn, and her father regularly attends these games.

Jim (Fieberg) Berlin was a marine, a journalist, and at age twenty-four became the youngest nationally syndicated newspaper columnist in America. He later joined the Phoenix PD, retired as a lieutenant after twenty years on the street, then served a year in Bosnia with the International Police Task Force. He and his wife, Linda, reside in Arizona.

Dee Berry currently pursues her passions for writing, fishing and gardening in Washington state. She would like to thank her dad for teaching her to sit still long enough to catch something. That lesson has served her well in life. She can be reached at [email protected]

Jeff Bohne is the proud father of Elizabeth, who works for a television station, and Andrew, a landscape architect. He and his wife, Nancy, live in Amherst, Massachusetts. He is responsible for customer service at Phoenix Investment Partners. Jeff enjoys going to UMass athletic events and working with several local charities.

Michele Campbell lives in a small Missouri town near the Mississippi River. She works in a local manufacturing company, is married with four children, and writes short stories, children’s books and novels in her spare time.

Bob Carlisle is an accomplished singer/songwriter who has showcased his poignant, sensitive observations with such hits as “Butterfly Kisses” and “A Father’s Love.” Beyond his music, Carlisle has published several books, exploring another outlet to express his passionate love for his family. His bestselling titles include Butterfly Kisses, A Father’s Love and Sons: A Father’s Legacy.

Ron Chapman has been in broadcasting for more decades than he now wishes to count. He’s been the cornerstone of adult contemporary station KVIL-FM for so long that anything preceding seems ancient history. He cofounded a radio station institution called the Charlie & Harrigan Show, a show which ran for several years on Dallas’s KLIF Radio.

In the mid-sixties, he became famous as the host of an after-school dance show on Channel 8 television called “Sump’n Else.” This was a “must see” from 1965 through 1968.

He is a two-time Marconi Award-winner who lives by the creed that “The good old days begin tomorrow morning!” He plans to be there to tell North Texas!

Beth Clark, president of Allegro Training and Consulting, inspires people to live every moment passionately; “replace prejudice with love;” and to move from losing their minds to mind-mastery. She is a highly sought-after humorist and transformational speaker who introduces people to their highest potential.

Brent L. Cobb does the dishes and laundry as a stay-at-home father of four, and freelance writer in McCook, Nebraska, where he spent eleven years as a reporter, columnist and editor at the McCook Daily Gazette. Fatherhood and family life were frequent subjects in his weekly column, Off the Cobb. He recently completed his first untitled nonfiction book about a Depression-era minor league baseball player and is working on his second book. He can be reached at 308-345-1821, or by e-mail at [email protected]

Richard Cohen has been a Washington Post columnist since 1976. His column generally appears on The Post’s opinion page on Tuesdays and Thursdays. He also writes the “Critic At Large” column in the Sunday Washington Post Magazine.

Sean Coxe is a musician and writer who currently teaches English as a Second Language for the Intensive English Institute at Francis Marion University in Florence, South Carolina.

Barbara Crowley’s nonfiction articles have appeared in Once upon a Time and Yesterday’s Magazette. “Childhood memories continue to be the constant fuel for my writing.” Barbara resides in Nokomis, Florida. Visit her Website at

F. Anthony D’Alessandro earned his B.S. in Education from St. John’s University, and his M.S. with a reading specialization from Adelphi University. He was awarded a certificate for completing studies at the Giselle Institute of Child Development. He is certified to teach elementary school, English (grades 7–12), and reading (K–12). He’s been employed as a junior varsity cheerleading coach and a high school newspaper advisor, and has served as a reading teacher for elementary grades through high school. He’s also taught adult education and lectured at Villanova University. In 1984, he was elected “Educator of the Year” by the Council of School Administrators.

Published widely, his poems and articles have appeared in Modern Bride, Newsday, The San Francisco Chronicle, Ascent Literary Journal, Endless Vacation, American School Board Journal, The Principal and Teaching K-8. He recently retired after a twenty-five-year career at the Half Hollow Hills School District, which is among the top five in New York State. D’Alessandro is the father of three grown children. Mary-Kim is a certified teacher and mother who lives in Nashville, Tennessee. Her husband Steve coaches basketball at Vanderbilt University. Peter is an attorney and NBA sports agent. Jon is a teacher and basketball coach. A grandfather, Alle was F. Anthony’s first grandchild. Gabriella and Marianna have recently joined her.

Dr. Frank M. Dattilio is on the faculty of psychiatry at both the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Harvard Medical School. He is co-author and editor of ten professional books and more than one hundred articles that have been translated into over one dozen languages. He can be reached at [email protected]

Gunter David was a reporter on major city newspapers for twenty-five years before obtaining a master’s degree in family therapy. Retired from Johnson & Johnson, where he counseled employees and their families, he has had fourteen stories published in literary journals and anthologies, including Chicken Soup for the College Soul.

Stephen Fay is a native of Berkley, California. He received his Bachelor of Arts from the California State University at Chico, and his Master’s in Arts from Holy Names College in Oakland, California. He is managing editor of The Ellsworth American, a weekly newspaper in Ellsworth, Maine.

Dr. Stanley Frager is a professional, motivational speaker who gives wonderful talks to students, parents and corporations. He conducts tremendous workshops and seminars on stress management, leadership and maximizing personal effectiveness. He is the author of The Champion Within You. He can be reached at Frager Associates, 3906 Dupont Square South, Louisville, Kentucky 40207 or by calling 502-893-6654.

Becky Freeman is a bestselling author, national speaker, magazine columnist and hostess of “The Little Bookshop” radio show. Her many inspirational humor books include titles Worms in My Tea, A View from the Porch Swing, Real Magnolias and Chocolate Chili Pepper Love. Drop by for a visit at!

Calvin Louis Fudge was born in Little Rock, grew up and was educated in the El Dorado, Arkansas, schools; SAU, Magnolia, Arkansas; Henderson State, Arkadelphia, Arkansas; and U. of Mississippi. He taught English and literature in Magnolia School and published his first novel in 1962. Other novels, a biography, short stories and a collection of short pieces followed. Now retired, he lives on Magnolia Highway in El Dorado.

John G. “Giovanni” Grippando received his B.S. with Honors in Business Administration/Management Specialization from Palm Beach Atlantic College. He speaks five languages and completed cultural studies in Italy. John may be reached via e-mail at [email protected] His poem is dedicated with love to Candace and Marisa, the most wonderful wife and daughter one could ever have had.

Susan J. Gordon is the author of Wedding Days: When and How Great Marriages Began, about the courtships and marriages of famous couples in history. Currently she is writing a book about family histories. A native New Yorker, she also writes essays and articles for many national magazines and newspapers.

Lenny Grossman lives in Philadelphia with his wonderful wife and two exquisite children. He is an avid reader and movie fanatic. He has kept a record of every movie he has seen: present count 2,322. He aspires to be as good a husband and father as his dad.

Mike Harden began writing “In Essence” for The Columbus Dispatch in 1983. A Columbus native and 1973 graduate of the Ohio State University School of Journalism, he has worked as an associate editor for Ohio Magazine, contributing editor for Columbus Monthly and as a columnist for the Columbus Citizen-Journal.

His work has appeared in a variety of publications, including The New York Times and Country Music Star News. His columns have won first-place awards from United Press International, Associated Press Society of Ohio and the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. His nationally syndicated column goes out to 350 newspapers across the U.S.

He is the author of eight books, one of which, Fight for Life, was the subject of an ABC-TV movie.

Allison Harms and her family live in the Pacific Northwest. She finds that the climate inspires reading, writing, furniture arranging and the growing of pumpkins.

Walt Harrington is an award-winning journalist and former staff writer for the Washington Post Magazine, and is currently Professor of Journalism at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the author of At the Heart of It: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives and American Profiles: Somebodies and Nobodies Who Matter.

Loralee H. Hartje is a native from the Windy City, Chicago, who migrated to quaint Cary, Illinois. She has three wonderfully inspiring children who encourage her to write her own stories and poetry. She has directed several original plays for church, scouts and school groups; most recently, she has been reporting for the local college paper. Lori is in the process of self-publishing a spring story. Her personal theme is simply that God has blessed each of us with a special gift that we should develop in positive ways. She tries to inspire others to follow their dreams and use their individual talents.

Jim Hornbeck, fifty-four, is editor and publisher of The Daily News, a small daily newspaper that serves Wahpeton, North Dakota, and Breckenridge, Minnesota. Hornbeck and his wife of thirty-two years, Nancy, live in Fergus Falls, Minnesota. Their children, both grown and married, live in the Kansas City area. Hornbeck began his career in newspapering at age fourteen as a cartoonist for a weekly newspaper in Danville, California. Since those early days, Hornbeck has been a sportswriter, sports editor, feature writer, advertising salesperson, advertising manager and marketing director.

Adelaide Isaac is a senior at Catalina Foothills High School in Tucson, Arizona.

Gerald Winner, Jerry, as he was known, was an artist born in Durango, Colorado. He enjoyed painting, photography, picture framing, stained glass and woodworking. His work is proudly displayed in the homes of his family. Jerry and his devoted wife, Jo, moved from Denver, Colorado, to St. George, Utah in 1990 and fell in love with the desert. He passed away from cancer on May 21, 1999. Jo, whose hobby is writing, submits his story and biography in his memory.

Tina Karratti is a wife and mother of two boys. She lives in Southern California and works for a major pharmaceutical company. Her favorite thing to do is spend time with her kids and have big family gatherings. She’s a great cook!

June Sandra Karshen is a freelance writer and educator. She enjoys inspiring young writers and is currently working on a picture book. “A War Story” was written as a birthday present for her father. This selection was submitted in his honor (John Sevenn Karshen 1914–1993). Sandy can be reached at [email protected]

Linda Kerby has been a Registered Nurse for thirty years, combining a teaching and writing career with clinical practice. She lives in a wonderful neighborhood in Leawood, Kansas, where the neighbors are especially nice.

Tom Krause is a motivational speaker, teacher, coach and the founder of Positive People Presentations. He speaks in the area of motivation to teenagers, teaching staffs, business organizations and any organization dealing with teen issues. He is the author of Teaching Hearts—Teaching Greatness: Stories from a Coach to Touch Your Heart and Motivate Your Soul, a motivational book for teenagers and adults. He can be reached at [email protected]

Rabbi Paysach J. Krohn is a fifth-generation Mohel and has authored one book on Ritual Circumcisions and five books and on Jewish Short Stories, know as “The Maggid Series” all published by Mesorah/Artscroll, Brooklyn, New York. He lectures worldwide and has a tape series of sixty-five lectures. Can be reached at [email protected]

Joan Lewis wanted to share the story “Pass It On” because we must assist those in need. It’s not always about what is convenient for ourselves. We should help others, for sometimes you alone will make a vital difference within that person’s life. “Pass It On” is dedicated to Colette Coffey.

Richard H. Lomax and his wife Mary live in Nebraska and have three children. Joe and Kathleen are in college and Sean is in high school. Richard supervises the computer department at an electric power plant, plays guitar and sings in the choir at church. He also enjoys reading, traveling and learning— especially history and science.

Ivan Maisel is the Sports Illustrated senior writer and a college football analyst for CNN/Sports Illustrated and He also appears on CNN’s College Football Preview with analysts Trev Alberts and SI senior writer Tim Layden. Most recently Maisel covered college football and basketball for Newsday. He was a national college writer for the Dallas Morning News from 1987 to 1994. He was a football correspondent for ESPN’s SportsCenter and a columnist for The Sporting News. Maisel has received such honors as the Best Enterprise Story from Associated Press Sports Editors in 1997 and Football Writers Association of America in 1993. He was the president of the Football Writers Association of America in 1995. Maisel attended Stanford University, earning a bachelor’s degree in American Studies. Maisel lives in Connecticut with his wife and three children.

Robert D. McLane II has lived in Grants Pass, Oregon, all but two years of his life. He has been married to his wife Vicki for sixteen years. They have two beautiful children, Robby and Leslie. Robert is a physical therapist assistant and massage therapist. He is also an avid fisherman and hunter.

W. W. Meade began writing at the age of fourteen. His first short story was published in Collier’s Magazine when he was twenty-two. He wrote fiction for the Saturday Evening Post, Gentlemen’s Quarterly and Good Housekeeping among others. He then turned to writing nonfiction for magazines such as Cosmopolitan, Redbook and the Reader’s Digest. Later he took a position in the publishing world and became Managing Editor of the Reader’s Digest Book Club and later of Cosmopolitan. His last position in publishing was as President and Editor in Chief of Avon Books, a position he held for ten years. Today, Walter lives in Florida and writes articles for many magazines and periodicals. He can be reached at 4561 NW 67th Terrace, Lauderhill, Florida 33319.

Jan Nations is executive producer of a worldwide radio program. Previous publishers include Multnomah, Starburt, Chicken Soup for the Single’s Soul and Teachers in Focus magazine. She has three grown children (twin boys and one daughter) and five young grandchildren.

Hugh O’Neill has been writing and performing commentary on fatherhood for several years, including work for National Public Radio’s Morning Edition. He is the author of Daddy Cool and Here’s Looking at You, Kids. He has also written for several magazines as well as for television’s The Cosby Show, Thirtysomething and Sisters. He lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

George Parler is a resident of Many, Louisiana. He is married and the father of three daughters. He is a minister of the gospel, a Christian songwriter and a member of a contemporary Christian music group called the Answered Prayer Band.

Bob Perks is a professional speaker, vocalist and author of The Flight of a Lifetime! He is a member of the National Speakers Association and National Writers Association. Visit for his free weekly messages “I Believe in You!” or contact him at [email protected].

Linda Rivers has been a motivational public speaker for the past twenty years on issues relating to children. She is a published author, and is currently finishing the first of six books in the Wendy Rivers series, with A Spirit Never Broken due out in late 2001 and Circle “R” Ranch Kids in 2002.

Victoria Robinson lives in a small Texas town with her husband, Asa. She is a homemaker and has written poetry and short stories all of her life to get the events of her life on paper. She has two children and four grandchildren. Now that her children are grown, she has settled down to do what she loves: writing! Having her work published is a dream come true! You may contact Victoria at 235 Port Road, Angleton, TX 77515, by e-mail at [email protected], or by phone at 409-848-3530.

Dr. Gary Rosberg, along with his wife, Barbara, are America’s Family Coaches ( Co-hosts of the national, daily radio program, America’s Family Coaches . . . LIVE!, team speakers for their own conferences and seminars, and coauthors of the new release, The 5 Love Needs of Men and Women, the Rosbergs reach out to families across America with the message of strengthening and maintaining strong, healthy relationships.

James Ruka has had works published in numerous poetry anthologies. His poems can be found in the International Poetry Hall of Fame on the World Wide Web. A recent graduate of the Institute of Children’s Literature, he is currently writing a novel. Recently married, he is working on starting a family and building his career as an author.

Chris Schroder graduated from the University of Virginia and worked for six Southeastern daily newspapers before starting his own in his hometown of Atlanta in 1994. Schroder Publishing employs eighteen great folks who produce positive community newspapers. He’s a writer, a speaker and father to Sally and Thomas. E-mail: [email protected], Website:

Bill Shore is the founder and executive director of Share Our Strength, the nation’s leading anti-hunger, anti-poverty organization that mobilizes industries and individuals to contribute their talents to fight hunger and poverty. A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Shore is forty-five years old. He earned his B.A. at the University of Pennsylvania and his law degree from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Terri Sjodin is an entrepreneur, author and speaker. In 1990 at the age of twenty-six, Terri went into business for herself, building Sjodin Communications, a public speaking, sales training and consulting firm from a spare room in her home. Since then, she has earned national recognition for her work and is considered one of the most successful young female professional speakers in the country. Terri has developed a distinguished client list ranging from actors, athletes, corporate and association presidents to large professional sales organizations. She is author of SALESpeak: Everybody Sells Something (Summit 1995). Her articles have been published in over fifty national and trade publications. Terri promotes mentor/protégé relationships to both young people and adults through foundations and corporate organizations.

Rosalie Silverman is seventy-one years of age and has been married for forty-nine years. Writing short stories and poetry has been her passion since high school, and she encourages her five grandchildren to experience the joys of creative writing.

Holly Smeltzer is a Christian wife and mother of three. Each day she seeks to walk with the Lord, to whom she is thankful for her many blessings. She looks after her family, a senior friend and her mom, who is her best friend. She has always loved writing stories and reading.

Andy Smith was raised in San Diego, California, and now resides in Nashville, Tennessee. He is a writer of books, plays, columns, articles, songs and commentaries. For more information, please visit his Website at

Ken Swarner writes the syndicated humor column Family Man, which appears weekly in dozens of newspapers in the U.S. and Canada. He lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife and two children. He can be reached at 253-596-8553, or at [email protected]

Harold L. “Bud” Tenney was born in Reno, Pennsylvania. He is a Christian, married and the father of two sons. He worked as a machinist, earned an A.A. degree in business at Mesa Community College, and an A.A. degree in mortuary science at California College of Mortuary Science, Los Angeles, California. Bud owned and operated Carr-Tenney Mortuary from 1980 to 1995. He is now a retired funeral director and is currently working on a degree in naturopathic medicine.

Marty Trammell is married to the world’s most inspirational woman and shares with her the privilege of raising three modern-day knights, Justin, Christopher and Joshua. He is a communications professor at Western Baptist College and enjoys working with the fine people at Valley Baptist in Perrydale and Sumpter Community School in Salem, Oregon.

Mark Treyz is a litigation attorney and pro-tem judge in Tacoma, Washington. He is a graduate of Northwest Nazarene College and the University of Puget Sound School of Law. Married to his wife Elva since 1984, he has three children, Taryn, John and Madison. Mark is currently working on his first novel.

Jim Warda, author of Where Are We Going So Fast? Finding the Sacred in Everyday Moments (with a foreword by Jack Canfield), also writes for the Chicago Tribune. In addition, he delivers workshops on leadership, parenting, marriage and finding meaning in the moments. Contact Jim at: 847-642-5108 or [email protected]

Erik Weihenmayer is a speaker, writer and adventurer. He has scaled four continental summits plus El Capitan, the famed 3,300-foot rock face in Yosemite, and Polar Circus, a 3,000-foot ice waterfall in the Canadian Rockies. Erik has never let his blindness interfere with his passion for an exciting life. “Someone once told me I needed to realize my limitations, but I’ve always thought it more fun to try to realize my potential.” Erik will attempt Everest in Spring 2001 in an expedition sponsored by the National Federation of the Blind. Read his autobiography Touch the Top of the World and visit his Website

Bob Welch is features editor of The Register-Guard newspaper in Eugene, Oregon, and author of A Father for All Seasons (Harvest House, $14.99). He has been published in Reader’s Digest, Sports Illustrated and Focus on the Family. Bob may be reached at 409 Sunshine Acres Dr., Eugene, OR 97401, or via e-mail at [email protected]

Steven M. Wheat, an Ozarks writer, father, husband and U.S. Marine veteran, has spent the last twenty-four years on the support staff of Southwest Missouri State University, where he now studies creative writing. “The Turtle” is dedicated to the memory of his late father, Leslie Gene Kennon. The author can be contacted at P.O. Box 1001, Branson West, MO 65737.

Hank Whittemore is the author of seven nonfiction books, including The Super Cops (made into an MGM movie), Find the Magician, and CNN: The Inside Story. He’s also written many award-winning documentaries for both network and public television, as well as over one hundred cover stories for Parade Magazine. He lives in Upper Nyack, New York.

Floyd Wickman is a salesman, speaker, trainer and author and has been called “The Extraordinary Man” by Success Magazine. As a salesman, his production placed him in the top one tenth of 1 percent in his industry for seven consecutive years. He was recognized with the “Oscar” of speaking awards, the Council of Peers Award of Excellence by The National Speakers Association. He is founder of Floyd Wickman Courses, one of the nation’s largest training companies and creator of the life-changing “Sweathogs” program. This program graduates a student every ten minutes of every work day. Floyd is author of three books, has over 100 published articles and he was given the “Platinum Award” for over one million audiocassettes sold. Floyd and his wife of twenty-nine years are natives of Michigan.

David Wilkins was born in July 1955 and lives in San Jose, California. He has been married twenty-four years to his wife Sue. They have a seventeen-year-old daughter, Sarah, and a twenty-year-old son, Jason. Dave received his B.A. in management from St. Mary’s College.

Ernie Witham writes a humor column called “Ernie’s World” for the Montecito Journal in Montecito, California. His humor has also been published in The Los Angeles Times, The Santa Barbara News-Press, various magazines and several anthologies including Chicken Soup for the Golfer’s Soul.

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