Monday, June 20, 2005

Serial Dad of the Year

Larry King, 2005 Father of the Year

Congratulations to all the great fathers in America and I hope that yesterday was lovely for you and that you were properly honored by your families. The reason I am hoping that, is there is very little chance that any of "you" will ever achieve the title of national "Father of the Year". The competition for that is very keen, indeed. Two of this year's honorees by the National Father's Day Council were Larry King and Donald "you're fired, Ivana" Trump.
"National Father's Day Council Announces 2005 Father of the Year Honorees:

"National Father's Day Council Announces 2005 Father of the Year Honorees Wednesday June 1, 2:46 pm ET 64th Annual Awards Luncheon to be held Tuesday, June 14th at the Marriott Marquis in New York City

"NEW YORK, June 1 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Father's Day Council will honor four deserving fathers for their exemplary parenthood at the 64th Annual Father of the Year Awards luncheon on Tuesday, June 14th at the Marriott Marquis in New York. All charitable contributions from the event will benefit Save the Children's Tsunami Relief Fund. These exceptional fathers are each leaders in their own right, spanning a diverse range of professions, including:
  • - George Feldenkreis, chairman & CEO, Perry Ellis International
  • - Larry King, television talk show host, CNN
  • - Daniel Sullivan, firefighter, Men's Health / Father's Day Council All Star Dad
  • - Donald Trump, chairman and President, The Trump Organization"
Be grateful for the adoration from your own children and family, as you will likely never achieve the "Big Time Dad" status. For example, few of you could top this in your fatherhood roles! Larry King is now married to his seventh wife, singer/actress Shawn Southwick-King. From these seven marriages Mr. King has fathered five children, Andy, Larry Jr., Chaia, Chance and Cannon, and one stepson, Danny Southwick. Any other American fathers in the running now? More is found at (Warning - Adult Images!) "" (, where it highlights another one of Larry King's spectacular achievements; winning the Best Interviewer award for fifteen consecutive years, even as his ratings steadily declined.
"(June 16, 2005) The National Father's Council honored Larry King - a deserving father for his exemplary parenthood at the 64th Annual Father of the Year Awards luncheon.

"'Mr. King as a father periodically played a vital role at the crucial stages in the lives of his children, and the Council is pleased to honor him this year,' said Rich Wurtzburger, the chairman of the council.

"Larry King has been married seven times and fathered five children from various marriages. In addition, he has been a two time engagement loser. On September 5, 1997, King, then 63, married Shawn Southwick, 37. King, in his hospital gown, from a hospital bed at UCLA Medical Center, said 'I do.' The newlyweds honeymooned at New York's Cornell Medical Center.

"He began his stellar carreer in 1971 with an arrest for grand larceny. He pled no contest to one of 14 charges of passing bad checks ... (which he inadvertedly incurred to sustain an extravagant lifestyle) which had an unusual connection to Kennedy assasination.

According to The National Father's Day Council,
"it is a not-for-profit organization that strives to heighten the meaning and observance of Father's and Mother's Day, raise funds for philanthropic purposes and present Father of the Year / Outstanding Mother Awards to deserving mothers and fathers of high accomplishment in their chosen fields who have also exhibited enormous achievement as parents. The Council has donated close to $16 million over the past 25 years to charities affecting families nationwide. For more information on the Father's Day / Mother's Day Council, visit"
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