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Don’t Forget Dad

Two years ago on Father’s Day I posted a story about my dad.  Today I will revisit my dad’s story with a few new details.


Wright family photo

Back in 2012 I said Emanuel Wright’s extreme persistence saved my life.  During most of my infancy I was in and out of the hospital.  I was critically ill.

It turns out the doctors made the wrong diagnosis.  My dad swooped me out of the hospital and carried me in his arms to a physician who properly diagnosed and treated my illness.

Without a doubt, my father’s determination saved my life.

He had quite a life.  During World War Two my dad was a ship’s radio operator in the Merchant Marines.  Just a bit more dangerous than working radio on New Jersey 101.5.

Wright family photo

After the war Mannie was quite the entrepreneur.

He ran a photography business.  It was his idea to have kids pose with Santa during the holidays at the Newark Bamberger’s store.

A few years later he established what eventually became a highly successful heating and air conditioning business based in New York City.  During the early years, before he could afford an office, he ran the operation out of a telephone booth.

My father worked 13 hour days to provide a good life for my mom, my sister and myself.

Despite his crazy schedule, dad taught me life’s values.  Always strive to be the best you can be.  And, always try to do the “Wright” thing.

My father was way too young when I lost him 27 years ago.  To this day I still miss him for his guidance, and most of all, for his love.

I hope you have a nice story about your dad.  Please share it with us.

If he’s with you here or in spirit, send him your love today and everyday.



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