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HAPPY FATHER’S DAY, DAD I f you’re a regular at our clinic, there’s a good chance you’ve already met my
leadership and become an Eagle Scout. He was still very much involved with the organization, remaining the leader for one of the largest Cub troops in Queens well after my brother and I graduated. In both work and play, my father was nothing if not dedicated. Dad was a hard worker and had the kind of success story you don’t see happening as much anymore. He started in the mailroom of Goldman
“As a Cub Scout pack leader, Dad didn’t just sign us up to be Cubs; he became our scoutmaster!”
father. He comes in about four times a week to work on his balance, which is surprisingly good for his age. Honestly, even if he weren’t my father, he’d be a dream patient. He’s very diligent about keeping up with his exercise, and there aren’t many PT doctors out there who can say that about their family members.
I’m happy to give my dad a chance to stay active, since he always did the same for my brother and me when we were growing up in Middle Village. He used to take us down to Juniper Valley Park and pitch us fastballs. I don’t know which was more tiring: batting or running around collecting the balls we managed to hit. Dad also taught us how to field grounders, which used to be quite the ordeal! Juniper Valley Park has been fixed up quite a bit in recent years, but back in the day, it was a minefield of rocks and bumps. The baseball would skip and hop unpredictably off that field, and if you weren’t careful, it could conk you right between the eyes. If you could catch a grounder at Juniper, you could catch one anywhere.
Sachs and worked all the way up to vice president, specializing as a computer systems analyst. Despite not having a college degree, my dad was able to teach himself programming in an era when computers were just beginning to take their place in the financial sector. Of course, this was also the era when formal education began to be valued by employers over experience. My father was fortunate enough to have grown with the company, but after 33 years of service, he could see the writing on the wall. Many of my father’s colleagues were being let go in favor of recent college graduates. Seeing that times had changed, Dad jumped ship and became a consultant, designing programs and systems from scratch. Ironically, he ended up being hired to teach his outside-the-box skill set to the college grads who were replacing him. His grass-roots education prepared him to take approaches no one could learn through rote coursework. Looking back, my father has taught me a lot — from how to catch an unpredictable grounder to how to forge a path for yourself in the business world. I’m glad we still live so close and grateful that he continues coming to the clinic to stay in shape.
Beyond introducing my brother and me to America’s pastime, he also taught us to do our best by enrolling us in the Cub Scouts. As a Cub Scout
pack leader, Dad didn’t just sign us up to be Cubs; he became our scoutmaster! From carving aerodynamic stock cars out of 10- inch blocks of wood to swimming at camp Yawgoog, I made a lot of unforgettable memories while in the Scouts with my father.
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Happy Father’s Day, Dad — thanks for all the memories. And Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers out there. I hope you have a great day.
I was incredibly proud when I was able to follow his great example of
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