CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The other day, I was kind of upset with my father. It was a bad day and, well, he happened to push the wrong button.
The nice thing about my father and I, though, is we're like most men. We can fight, help each other up and then have a beer. (What were we fighting about again?)
I love my dad, and thankfully, on this Father's Day, I can tell him that. There are many, especially at my age, who cannot.
For some reason, while considering that thought, my mind wandered to WSAZ broadcaster and Marshall play-by-play man Keith Morehouse. I wondered what this day is like for him.
It's sweet in one way. He has son Lake, 22, a senior at Marshall, and daughter Alli, a 14-year-old sophomore at Huntington High. Morehouse and wife Debbie seem to be doing great.
Yet Debbie's parents died in the 1970 Marshall plane crash. Ditto Morehouse's father, Gene, a beloved broadcaster in the state, first in Beckley, then as play-by-play man (and sports information director) for the Thundering Herd.
"I tend to focus my energies on Father's Day on my kids," Morehouse said. "Thankfully, they're healthy. Anybody who has lost a father, though, will tell you [that] you kind of separate some time [to grieve]."
Morehouse said the up side on this day is the ability to enjoy it with his kids.
"Lake and I share a love of golf," said the broadcaster. "He hits the ball a long way. I'm glad he picked it up. I was thinking the other day it would have been nice to have my dad around to do some of the same things with him."
Morehouse was 9 years old when his father, the MU football team, boosters and flight crew perished on that Nov. 14 day.
"I remember the good things," Morehouse said. "I remember him coming home from work. I remember going to the old Field House and playing basketball after games while waiting for him.
"I think you kind of have a hero worship for your father at that age. It was hard to lose him then, but I'm glad I got to see him at his prime."