Remember the television show FANTASY? A show making dreams come true? A show where ordinary people (like you and me) from all over the United States wrote in to have their wishes granted on national television? Well, below is a letter written to Peter and Leslie, the co-hosts of the show that befits my husband Monte’s June 12th birthday and June 18th Father’s Day.
Sept. 18, 1983
Dear Peter and Leslie,
Our dad is the greatest dad in the whole world, but also a most unusual person. For 19 years he was a physics professor. For 13 of those years he taught at Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania. In spring of 1982 he sent shock waves through the Physics Dept. announcing he was going to take early retirement to return to school. But not just any school, he decided to go into the seminary. As a result we moved almost 800 miles from Slippery Rock (Pa.) to Stone Mountain (Ga.). (Do you know what happens to a Stone Mountain when it rains? It becomes a Slippery Rock.)
Now back to the letter. But what most people don’t know is th
at my dad has a secret passion. And that is watching “All my children”. He is enamored with Erica Kane (Susan Lucci) and fascinated with Opal Gardner (Dorothy Lyman). (He just loves the way she dresses) Our Dads fantasy is to meet Erica and Opal. But we would also like to add to his fantasy. We would just love for him to play a bit part with Erica and Opal. Because we feel that this would be a very appropriate activity for an upcoming minister.
Of course he does not know this letter is being written but if this fantasy does come true, my dad will be the happiest minister that ever set foot on this earth.
P. S. My mom said they both were going off the show in November.
Happy birthday and Father’s Day. (Pix taken on the Buffalo NY waterfront.)