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VN _ AubMy first encounter with Victor Niederhoffer was through this Daily Speculations website. I had known of Victor by reputation through various columns written about him and his books. I began to send contributions to the website back in 2006 and they were published. I sent a personal email and shared this with him. I told Victor that what struck me was the common admiration we had for our fathers that he wrote about in his book. He replied and told me that he would be sending me an autographed copy of The Education Of A Speculator. When it arrived I opened it and on the front of page 1 is the inscription:

To Stephen Leslie in honor of our fathers. Victor Niederhoffer

This was the beginning of a relationship that I regard highly. So to honor our fathers I am sharing this. I hope that those who visit this website remember their fathers on this most very special day. I know Victor and I will.

Alan Millhone recounts:

AlanMy Mother is 86 and gave me a nice Father's Day card. My Wife gave me a nice card as well and so did my Daughter for Father's Day. My Brother is 12 years my junior and I sent him a card.

My own Father passed on in 2003 and I only wish that today I could have handed him a card as I did for so many years in the past. I noted with interest how the late Tim Russert visited his Father as best he could and I could tell he was a loving Son. Harry Chapin wrote a song many years ago about being too busy and your children growing up before you realize it. There are some of us who had their differences with their Fathers, but in the end you only get one real Father. Time is passing all of us by, make the best of what days left we all have.

Happy Father's Day to all of you.

Jeff Watson adds:

My father was, is, the most important role model I ever had. He shaped my character, and always encouraged me to think outside the box. He never doubted me when I embarked on my career in speculation. Education was very important to him, just for the sake of learning, and he insisted that I attain the highest level possible, which I eventually did. I went over to his house today, presented him with a nice card, and gave him a new "Big Bertha." Contrast that with my son, who I love dearly. He got up at the crack of dawn, and left for the other coast. I got a text message telling me he was over in New Smyrna Beach FL, surfing. No mention of Father's day, no nothing. I'm forgiving, seeing all he has gone through, but, needless to say, a bit saddened. 


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  1. marion d s dreyfus on June 16, 2008 5:56 am

    Note to the man: I want to wish you a very joyous FATHER's DAY.

    The men who marry and father children, supporting them through dint of hard work in often underpaid or underappreciated professions, are vrai heroes –and profoundly courageous. We owe them a debt of gratitude for their fortitude, their unceasing efforts to do their best for their families, for their unrecognized valor–and the simple heroism of going to the salt-mines day after day, with often too-little realization on the part of the distaff side and society in general. One day does not suffice to thank you all for your sacrifices.

  2. steve leslie on June 16, 2008 7:54 am

    I watched Meet The Press yesterday and was thoroughly taken with the show. It was a great tribute to the late Tim Russert. What I found most amazing was how every other network and cable news organization devoted shows to this most special of men. I will mention one fact about Mr. Russert. He was the son of a sanitation worker in Buffalo N.Y. went to John Carroll University in Cleveland, and then received his law degree from Cleveland Marshall law school in Cleveland. He worked for Daniel Patrick Moynihan, and was the moderator of Meet the Press for 17 years. The longest run in the history of the show.

    I would strongly recommend both of his books Big Russ and Me, and the follow-up Wisdom of our Fathers. Both are best sellers and can also be found on CD.

    http://www.simplyaudiobooks.com/authorBio.php?aId=1854

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