What does a thesaurus eat for breakfast?
Wait for it…a synonym roll. *Ba-dum-tshh* I know, I know, but come on! Everyone loves a good dad joke! Plus, it is a dad’s job to embarrass his children and this weekend is all about celebrating good ol’, embarrassing dad.
And speaking of dads, there are going to be a couple of new dads in the Sigstr family. My husband and I are expecting our first child in August and my colleague, Drew Kelley, and his wife are expecting their first in December. With that being said, I thought now would be the perfect time to contribute to this blog series and whip up an email signature style or two (or six) that represent our favorite TV dads.
Let’s be honest, you clicked on this article and knew Phil Dunphy from Modern Family was going to be number one on the list. If you don’t know who this lovable, goofy dad is, let me “phil” you in on a few of the things I admire about him. He’s funny. This is something Phil himself discovered at his 12th birthday party, but something you pick up on immediately. He loves his family. Phil’s parenting Phil-osophy is what he calls “peerenting”. This is when you talk to your child like a peer, but still act like a parent. He takes his work seriously. Don’t mistake him for a real estate agent. He’s a Realtor®, a member of a national association, and has a very eye-catching email signature style.
Homer Simpson from The Simpsons is one of the most iconic TV characters in American television history. He is lazy, drinks a lot, and at work you’ll typically find him sleeping or getting snacks from the Springfield Nuclear vending machines. Flaws aside, Homer is a good guy. He tries his best to be there for Marge and their three kids, Bart, Lisa and Maggie. He even gave his father, Abe, one of his kidneys (even though he did back out of it a couple times first).
Another TV dad with a love for donuts, Carl Winslow of Family Matters is one of Chicago’s finest. I personally can’t relate to having a dad in law enforcement, but in his son Eddie’s words, "It's time you stopped acting like a cop and start acting like my dad!". Despite the rumors from earlier this year, the man who played Carl, Reginald VelJohnson, is still alive and well.
While he considers himself the “raddest, baddest” dad, we know otherwise. Danny Tanner from Full House is the epitome of the “uncool” dad (especially compared to Uncle Jesse). Like my dad, he’s the father of three girls. Looking back, I don’t know how my dad survived this in real life. Unlike my dad, Danny Tanner is a clean freak. “Clean is good, dirt is bad.” Unfortunately, he can never quite get his daughters to share his passion for Lemon Pledge. But with an email signature style that promotes his new podcast, he'll recruit others to see the power of cleaning.
Another father of three! Tim “The Toolman” Taylor of Home Improvement is the father of boys, Brad, Mark and Randy. Side note: I’d be lying if I told you I didn’t own several JTT posters growing up. Tim co-hosts the TV show, Tool Time, with his friend, Al. No matter how hard he tries, Tim can’t seem to avoid mishaps when trying to showcase his vast knowledge of all things tools. Not everything needs, “more power”, Tim. Here’s a video compilation to prove it.
Last but not least, we honor Ray Barone of Everybody Loves Raymond. You may be surprised to learn that Ray is also a father of three. In this case, I’m partial to Ray’s daughter, Ally, for obvious reasons. In his words, “When I dance, people think I'm looking for my keys.” This is one of the reasons you can’t help but love Raymond (at least a little, at times). While it’s completely acceptable on a day like Father’s Day, Ray seems to always be on the couch watching sports. I’d rather watch him dance.
Which of these is your favorite email signature style? Is there a particular TV show dad we left off the list? Let us know your feedback on twitter (@SigstrApp).
Cheers to bad dad jokes and dance moves! Happy Father's Day!