Comedian Louie Anderson, famous for his brand of self-deprecating humor, authored a best-selling book consisting of letters to his late father. The book is entitled, “Dear Dad — Letters from an adult child.”

Anderson, the child of an alcoholic father, has received wide, critical acclaim for his many television and concert appearances. Yet despite his success as a comic, he continues to be troubled by painful childhood memories. In one of his “letters,” he writes of the loneliness caused by his father’s alcoholism.

Dear Dad:

Why don’t I know you better?

I figure that you spent several hours a day for forty years, drinking. Multiply that by three-hundred sixty-five days, then divide by sixty minutes, and then divide again by twenty-four hours. That’s more than one-thousand days you spent with alcohol.

In other words, that’s more than three solid years you spent with alcohol instead of your family.

I was alive for twenty-seven of those years, and I missed you.

Signed, Louie.

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