Story Walk: share

Story Walk: "share"

The Influence of our Fathers by Ron Richardson & Chris Hartman


1st speaker] He was an unconventional person in many ways. You know there were passions that he had that bordered on obsession that I thought I would never share. And as the years went by and go by, I find more and more that these are exactly my passions and obsessions. I have a lot of my father’s tools, he loved tools, and I still have all of them. And I find myself doing various projects that borrow from his imagination, he was very inventive, you know, people will ask me, “Well, how did you figure out to do that?” and it’s usually because it was something that my father did. He was an inventor at heart and a Rochesterian and his family has been in the Rochester area since practically the beginning of Rochester, they’re all now residing at Mt. Hope Cemetery, and the cemetery has become just one more aspect of that past, that has become part of my life, it’s a fascinating place for anybody who would be interested in knowing more about this region. It was at the edge of the glacier in the last ice age where huge hunks of ice would fall and then halfway through the cemetery it becomes flat, that was the lake bed, that went south to the Finger Lakes. Anyway, that’s an important place, and it’s where my father is now.


[speaker 2] As you started to think about, you know, your various interests in the world, your various things you might do, what was his role in those conversations?


[1st speaker]I would say that it was a very laissez-faire approach. I think that he was supportive, he was very practical, more than I am.


[speaker 2]One of the things that I think that likely intrigues me so much about your father and just your relationship is, it reminds me in some ways of my relationship with my father. In a similar way, you know, he, when I was young had great influence on me as just I was always next to him on all the various projects, and with all of his various tools, and I mean one of the things as I hope you know, and as I’ve certainly said before, you were and continue to be extremely influential, both just in me as a student and developing as a young man, and thinking about the world and politics and society and art and all of these other things that are hugely important to me.