I didn’t know if I’d ever be back at WFMU in a regular slot but the last fill-in I did re-ignited in me a love of radio that’s been gone awhile.
I declared Aerial View officially concluded so I suppose this is a sequel: Aerial View II. I hope, like Godfather II, it’s even better than the original. I also hope that unlike the Bronco II, it doesn't easily rollover.
Because the Sunday after the first Aerial View II is Father’s Day I’ll be asking (among other topics) how much you actually know about your Dad.
I am appalled at how much I don’t know about my father.
I don’t know where he was born.
I don’t know who he’s named after.
I don’t know what his father’s name was.
I don’t know how or where he met my mother.
I don’t know anything about his father’s family.
I don’t know anything about his mother’s family.
I don’t know what his mother’s maiden name was.
I don’t know why his parents came to this country.
I don’t know what my father wanted to be when he was a kid.
I don’t know what my father was afraid of when he was a kid.
I don’t know anything about my father as a kid.
I don’t know why he seemed angry most of the time.
I don’t know where he learned to beat a kid with a belt.
I don’t know how he got so damned scary.
I don’t know why his first and only business failed (some say his brother stole).
I don’t know why he went along with having five kids.
I don’t know exactly why he divorced my mother.
I could go on and on and on. So many unanswered questions. I wish I could call up my old man on the air. I could get the answers to everything. I wonder if he’d tell me. I could really get some interesting stories out of him, If he’d sit still for it. I guess, instead, I’ll have to get some interesting stories out of you... if you can sit still for it.