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6/20/04-East Texas

Fathers Fight For Respect

It's a day dads can call all their own.  Father's Day has been celebrated annually in the U.S., the third Sunday in June since 1971.

In that time dads have made a lot of headway in accepting the recognition but they've still got a long way to go to equal their female counterparts.

Most mother's accept their day with open arms.  But for dad's it's a little different.

"We're supposed to be macho, it's not supposed to be important to us," said dad Bill Sherman.

There are more than 66 million father's in America, yet we couldn't even get one to admit they're happy to have a day all their own.

'If you had to rank the two, which one would rank above the other one' "They would both rank equally," Sherman said.

It's that kind of talk that keeps dads from truly taking over their day.  Even women know, they've got the upper hand.

"We love father's but they're easy in a lot of ways and they're not very demanding," said Brenda House. "Men are from mars or wherever, outer space, and women know exactly how to enjoy life."

They may not tell you but men really do know what they want, some even know the best way to get it.

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"This is exactly what I wanted," said Dan Crouch, who was picking up a tree trimmer from Home Depot.

"If you get what you want you have to go get it yourself."

So give dads credit, they know where their holiday stands.

"Hey it's all about the mom's as long as they're happy then the kids are happy," dad Robert Reagins said.

They've even figured out the most important part.

"You get satisfaction just by being a dad, spending time with the kids and watching them grow, gifts are just a token of appreciation which they're good but they're really not necessary 'Do you think the same thing would fly with mom'... No, no definitely not," said Reagins.

They even know better than to mess with mom.  In case you're wondering, Father's Day was first celebrated in Spokane, Washington in 1910.  It was started at the request of a daughter, who wanted to honor her father who had raised six kids by himself.

President Lyndon Johnson issued the first Father's Day proclamation in 1966.

Chris Gibson, reporting
cgibson@kltv.com

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