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'Everything He Did, He Did For His Family': KMUW Honors Dear Old Dads


"He was just always an optimist. And I think that rubbed off on me. I don't know, he was always just a really imaginative, optimistic father. He always taught me to pursue my dreams, and not to give up on my dreams, and that I could do anything."



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A newborn Zack Gingrich-Gaylord and his father.

"I was the same age when [my daughter] Basil was born as my dad was when I was born. And so there's always been some sort of implicit trajectory that I've always followed or diverged from, in my mind. 

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Zack and his daughter.

What was my dad doing when I was this old? You know, do I look like that, or am I doing the same things, or how am I doing them differently?"

Zack Gingrich-Gaylord talks about the trajectory he's following as a father, and how it compares to his own dad.



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Deborah Shaar with her brother, left, and her father, John, on one of their many family trips.

"I have a lot of good memories of the travel we did. My dad was the best driver. We would get up early in the morning, like 3 o'clock in the morning, and we would drive all day. You never drove it straight."

Deborah Shaar discusses her family's yearly road trips.


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Beth Golay with her dad, Phil Becker, and sisters, Ann, Ruth, Sarah and Rachel. (Beth is the one vying for attention.)

"I'm one of five girls, and I think my dad would always kind of take care of us because he would call us up to the barber shop, to sweep the floors, or go to the bank, or go to the post office. But then when we got older, we kind of started figuring out that, I think he was making up chores. He was looking out for us, especially if there was a cute boy in the chair. He would always call us up to the barber shop, and we would walk in, and we couldn't help but smile, because Dad was thinking of us."

Beth Golay talks about her father, who was the barber in a small Kansas town for 50 years and who always watched out for his five daughters.


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Nadya Faulx and her dad, Greg.

"To know him was to know that he never quit joking. And it drove people nuts, but that was his personality. He could find a joke in anything, and he never quit, and we loved him for it. He was such a good person, that I want to embody a lot of what he was and a lot of those memories of him. I just want to live up to that and go forward being a really good reflection on who he was."

Nadya Faulx remembers a time when one of her father's jokes could have killed her.

Nadya Faulx is KMUW's Digital News Editor and Reporter, which means she splits her time between working on-air and working online, managing news on KMUW.org, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. She joined KMUW in 2015 after working for a newspaper in western North Dakota. Before that she was a diversity intern at NPR in Washington, D.C.