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John and John Steinmiller (PHOTO: Allen Fredrickson)

Fathers know best: Famous Milwaukeeans discuss their dads

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I always felt, even more so than my mother, he always got a bigger kick out of me being a journalist than my mom did. Mainly, that was because we had the same name. He read my stuff. He always told me he was glad I came on as strong as I did. He always seemed to think I was doing a good job. He used to always say, 'Don't worry when people talk about you.' When people talk about you, that means they're thinking about you. I always remembered that.

Carrie Wendt, newswoman from the Bob and Brian Morning Show on 102.9 the Hog.
Father: Ken Wendt, retired chemical engineer with Miller Brewing Co., master brewer

My father is tall. Very tall. He's about 6-feet-4 or 6-5. But, he was never intimidating. He was very Ward Cleaver-like. He was very soft-spoken and very kind.

The biggest thing I learned from him is that calm heads prevail. In a crisis, you need see right through and keep on going. When they're bleeding all over the place or when they're hysterical and you don't know what's wrong and you're alone and they have a 105 fever, just be calm.

Daron Sutton, Brewers TV play by play announcer
Father: Don Sutton, Hall of Fame pitcher and Atlanta Braves announcer

Outside of him being gone a lot during the season, there were never minuses (of having a father who was a big-league player). In a job like he had and the current players have, it's up to the father to make sure that there aren't minuses. He never was in any way, shape or form pushing me to be a ballplayer.

The biggest influence he had on me was when I got into high school and he read my writing and watched me speak and do things behind a microphone. He encouraged me to do that more than he pushed me toward baseball. I think that's where fathers come into play. If they're good at what they do, they see strength in their children.

Baseball-wise, it was cool because I was a different personality. He was totally driven, while I was all about having fun at the ball field.

Hanging around the ballpark had advantages. I learned my forkball from Rollie Fingers, learned my arm angle from Marcel Lachemann.

I can remember the college games that he attended. He still played, even when I was in college. I can remember the place, the setting, the weather. There were only a handful he could come to. It was special.

Being a father in 2006 is different than being a father than in the 1970s and '80s. My dad golfed a lot in the winter, but he could pick us up at school and drop us off at school. While it was great to have him home for the winter, I missed baseball season. I was at the ballpark every day. That was my punishment. If I was acting up or bad-mouthing my mom, I didn't get to go to the game. When I was young, I'd rather take a spanking and go to the game.

I had the best of both worlds. I got to go to dinners with adults and travel to a lot of amazing cities. But, as long as I kept my nose clean, I was in the locker room having Johnny Oates jam my face into a cake. When I was a teenager, a lot of the players were more comfortable with me than anybody else.

Kathy Mykelby, Channel 12 news anchor
Father: Dick Wold, advertising executive

The last couple of years, his personality has exploded. The way everyone in my family describes people is the kind of actors they are and who they would be on-screen. My father is a mix of Clark Gable, Bogart and he'd like to think he has sort of a suave nature of a Cary Grant.

He let me date when I was about 35. I had to sneak out before then. He didn't notice the cars coming up.

He used to always say, 'Don't panic.' That's very good advice to this day. I was in college and I was informed by one of my professors that the journalism school was going to lose its accreditation and this seemed to be something really huge. I really didn't know what it meant, to be honest with you but I called my dad and said, 'Oh, my gosh. I'm three years into this and the school is losing its accreditation.' And he said, 'Don't panic. Just create your own major.' And, I did. The major still exists at the University of Iowa.

He's a baseball man, too. To this day, he still coaches Little League and does some umpiring. I remember he met the former Brewers greenskeeper, Harry Gill. They talked baseball and dirt and sand and what the perfect mixture is and how high the pitcher's mound should be, how to mow the grass so it works for your team. My dad is crazy. He loved Harry.

A few years ago, a friend had Brewers general manager Doug Melvin call my dad on Father's Day. My dad started telling him who to trade and who to keep. He's fun. My mom passed away about five years ago, suddenly you get to know your dad. It's astounding.

Michael Redd, Bucks guard
Father: Rev. James W. Redd, former Pepsi bottling plant worker and current pastor

My father is very genuine, very down to earth and very passionate about people.

Hopefully, what I inherited from him is being a good father and a good husband. I saw the way he treated us and the way he handled things. We had a few (conflicts), but it wasn't all the time. There had to be some discipline.

He was a great athlete. He played basketball in college and he was good. He really tested me early as far as whether I was going to be competitive or not. He tested how much I loved the game. I think I was probably 14 the first time I beat him. That's major for a 14-year-old to beat his father.

He is just a great person and a huge influence on my life.

John Steinmiller, Jr., Brewers media relations associate
Father: John Steinmiller, Bucks vice president business operations

He always was sure to include his family in what he did. That was kind of special. He didn't really hide his family. He included us. That was influential.

I remember Saturday night games at the Bradley Center, I'd go with him early and goof around and do whatever. He included me in his job and the things that he did. It made me want to (work in sports). That was important to me, because it showed that as busy as he was with his job, he always had time for me and my sister.

That rolls into other parts of life, too.

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OMCreader | June 15, 2006 at 4:17 p.m. (report)

Cozen Beguile said: My dad is so cool, he is taking me to the Admirals game tonight! PEACE!

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