Happy Father's Day y'all!

Happy Father's Day / 2 generations, Henry Frederick Jr & son, 1964, Henry Frederick III & son, 1995 / Headline Surfer®Headline Surfer® photos /
Carrying on father-son name-sake lineage: The journalist, Henry Frederick, is shown at age 2, with his father, Henry Frederick Jr, in this vintage B&W snapshot back in 1964.
And the writer is shown with his own son, just shy of 3, back in 1995.
The eldest surviving Frederick is now 77 and lives in Central Connecticut.
His father, Henry Frederick Sr., died in 1979, in Central Massachusetts.
The third generation son, Henry Frederick, is now 54 and lives in Sanford.
And the fourth generation representative, appropriately named Henry Frederick IV, now 22, recently moved to Daytona Beach, Florida from Houston, Texas.
And there you have it: Three of the four generations with the name 'Henry Frederick' still going strong on this Father's Day, Sunday, June 19, 2016.
 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there around the world for today is a day of personal reflection.

Being a father to a son (or daughter) is far from easy. Being a son (or daughter) to a father is from easy, too.

George Will, journalist and political pundit, once said of fatherhood, "We are given children to test us and make us more spiritual."

It was the Christian television evangelist, Billy Graham, who who once said of the paternal side of parenting, "A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society." 

Evangelist Billy Graham on Father's Day message / Headline Surfer®It was the Christian television evangelist, Billy Graham, who once said of the paternal side of parenting, "A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society." 

And it was Pope Paul XXIII, who reminds us of the responsibilities: "It is easier for a father to have children than for children to have a real father."

Speaking for myself, I don't know how I did it, but I raised my only child to adulthood, Henry Frederick, IV, now 22 and living in Daytona Beach. I don't know how my father did it, either, tending to seven children -- four boys and three girls. 

My father is 77 and widowed. His wife, my mother, died nearly 13 years ago, on his birthday to be precise: Aug. 27. All of us kids were fully grown then. 

For my son, divorce of his parents came four years later when he was 14. Thankfully, I got to raise him under my roof, even as I re-married 18 months later.

You do the best you can with what you have to work with, whether you are raising seven children or one. Such are life's challenges, for a father as it is for a son or daughter on this special day of reflection.

Being a father to a son (or daughter) is far from easy. Being a son (or daughter) to a father is from easy, too.

FAST FACTS: Origins of Father's Day

Fast Facts: Origins of Father's Day / Headline Surfer®The noble idea of celebrating Father's Day became quite popular in US so much so that President Woodrow Wilson approved of the festival in 1916. President Calvin Coolidge, too, supported the idea.
But it was President Lyndon Johnson who signed a Presidential Proclamation declaring the third Sunday of June as Father's Day in 1966.
Then in 1972, President Richard Nixon established a permanent national observance of Father's Day to be held on the third Sunday of June. Fathers Day Celebration in Present Time Father's Day, celebrated in the US on the third Sunday in June) has become a hugely popular festival.
World-over, people thank their fathers and pay tribute to them. Most commonly, children give Father's Day cards and flowers to their fathers. Neckties are a popular gift on the occasion of Father's Day. Due to the tradition of giving gifts, card makers, florists and gift sellers campaign for Father's Day Festival in a big way and cash in on the sentiments of the people.

DID YOU KNOW?

Boz Tchividjian with his famous grandfather, evangelist Billy Graham / Headline Surfer®Basyle "Boz" Tchividjian, a former sex crimes prosecutor for the 7th Judicial circuit in DeLand from the 1990s until the mid-2000s, is the maternal grandson of evangelist Billy Graham. Tchividjian, 48 and married with two daughters, is now a law professor at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., the conservative Christian college founded by the late Jerry Falwell. The elder Graham is 94. 

Boz Tchividjian is a supporter of David Brannon, candidate for Volusia County sheriff / Headline SurferTchividjian also is a supporter of the 2016 candidacy for Sheriff of Volusia County by VCSO Capt. David Brannon. He even drove down here to attend a June 10 campaign fundraiser in support of Brannon.

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Short Bio

Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area in Central Florida, via HeadlineSurfer.com. Specializing in breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most experienced reporters with dozens of journalism-industry awards in print & digital mediums. Frederick is enrolled online at Full Sail University in Winter Garden, FL, where he's pursuing a Master of Arts degree in New Media/Journalism (graduation in March 2018). Frederick earned his BA in Political Science/Public Admin. (concentration in Writing) from Central Connecticut State University, in 1984, where he recieved the President's Citation for "academic excellence & outstanding campus/community service." Prior to myriad duties as publisher/award-winning journalist of Headline Surfer, 2008-present; Frederick was city hall reporter for the Palatka (FL) Daily News, 2007-2008; city editor of the Taunton (MA) Daily Gazette, 2005-2006; cops & courts/legal affairs writer for the Daytona Beach News-Journal, 1996-2004; and cops & courts reporter for the Rockland (NY) Journal-News/Gannett Suburban Newspapers, 1989-1996.