I made my version of this picture around 15 years ago when I was a cadet at West Point. My Dad and I were both around the age of 21 or 22 when these were taken. My Dad was always a funny guy and even found time to make others laugh after being drafted during the Viet Nam War. My “As-For-Class” uniform looked very similar to his Class B uniform in everything but color, so I couldn’t resist recreating this photo. He passed away when my oldest son was just over a year old (he is now nearly 10). It seems that I look more and more like my Dad with each passing day, and I am thankful that along with his visage, I also inherited his zest for life and his passion and dedication to fatherhood. I like to think that by knowing me that my two sons somehow also know their Grandpa Mike.
November 11, 2011