Innovation Rules, and Dads Rock. But Do Dads Always Rock Innovation?

June 18, 2016 Tracy Skochil

(updated June 16, 2017)

At CampusLogic, we know that to be innovative you have to be willing to fail (sometimes). In honor of Father’s Day, we asked our crew to tell us about funny times their dads tried something that didn’t… quite…work out…as planned. Read on!

Spin Art“One Easter my dad wanted to be ‘innovative’ and hot glued an egg to a spin art wheel. He didn’t foresee the difficulty of removing the egg and decided he needed to use a razor blade. An emergency room visit and plenty of stitches later, we were back home for Easter dinner.” —Chris Horne, VP of Finance


Knotts Berry Farm“On a family road trip to Southern California when I was 8, we did a lot of ‘parent-centric’ things, too (like a day in Las Vegas, which was AWFUL for a little kid). One place Dad wanted to go was Knott’s Berry Farm, a place he thought was an actual berry farm where he could buy jelly, preserves, jams and whatever else a person might get excited for at a berry farm. My little brother and I walked around in awe at what was actually an amusement park! But, since Dad had already sunk an entry fee (which didn’t include rides in 1976), the only thing “fun” we got to do was take a ride on the train.” —Rick Dwyer, National Director

WillieNelson“I wanted to go to a Willie Nelson concert. My Dad said no. I proceeded to bully, beg, and cry, ensuring I would be careful and, after all, I was going with my friends. My Dad and I continued to argue about it for several minutes. Finally, my Dad said, “Fine, if you go, I’m never going to fix your car again.” I said, “Fine, don’t.” Two weeks later my car broke down. And my Dad was right there fixing it for me.” —Kristi Punches, Director of Customer Success Managers


Spider“My dad thought that if he held a live tarantula on his palm it would make me less afraid of spiders, showing me that they’re harmless and honestly not something to be afraid of. It made sense (in theory) because Dad’s always been my fearless hero. When he flipped his hand over and I saw the spider crawling up his arm to his shoulder, I freaked out. The mall patrons heard my screams for what must have felt like hours. I may have only screamed for a few seconds, but I’ve blocked out as much as I can from memory.”  —Tracy Skochil, Director of Content & Creative

Happy Father’s Day from CampusLogic!

Umberto Eco said “I believe that what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments when they aren’t trying to teach us. We are formed by the little scraps of wisdom.” Thanks for everything—and we mean everything—that you’ve taught us, Dads! Happy Father’s Day, you deserve it.

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