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Remembering a father
作者:佚名    文章来源:CBS News    点击数:18    更新时间:2019/12/21 (第14教学周)  
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Glor: We end the week with a tribute to a man you've seen in eight Steve Hartman stories. His father George Hartman, we are sad to report, passed away recently. Tonight here Steve "On the Road" and from the heart.

His was the only story I was literally born to tell. The story of an auto-worker dad who raised three children in total anonymity, until one day his youngest son, that would be me, put a TV control room in his garage and rigged the house with cameras, just to see what the retiree did all day, which wasn't much.

Yet, to my surprise, that story resonated with viewers. Not because he was my dad, but because he was every dad of that generation.

He lived to be 92 and never once answered a cellphone successfully. He had Starbucks one time, a caramel macchiato, with an extra shot of cheapskate.

You don't have to finish it if you don't want to.

I'm not going to throw it away for $3.35.

My dad never got over the Great Depression. Even when staring into splendor, he could still spot a way to save money.

But yet, he never skimped on conversation. He'd talk to anyone, often about the history of gas prices.

My dad was an accidental humorist. He rarely meant to be funny. But he was deliberate with his love, and by far the most selfless man I knew.

They tried to think of one thing you ever bought for yourself.

Well I can't think of anything off him.

I can't either

His death makes me an orphan. My mom died a few years ago and I can tell you this is a unique kind of emptiness when there's no one left on Earth to love you quite so unconditionally.

The last story I did with my dad was when we had to move him out of his house in Toledo. He had to decide what was worth saving and, in the end, it all came down to faith and family.

A great parent does a lot more than make you wash behind your ears. A great parent is a miracle worker who can mold a helpless blob like this one into a child who feels invincible. And although losing such a parent can feel like Kryptonite, remembering them in all their glory can make your heart fly.

Steve Hartman, "On the Road", in Toledo.

Glor: God. That is the CBS Evening News for this week. Thank you, Steve. Thank you, George. Have a great weekend. See you on Monday. Good night.
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