Westchester Celebrities on Their Favorite Father’s Day Gifts

We asked notable Westchester dads to weigh in on their favorite Father’s Day gifts ever. High on their lists? Anything homemade and shared experiences. Not on anyone’s list? Ties.

“Two years ago, when all four of my kids were still age eight and under, they let me sleep in for a change and made me breakfast in bed—with a little help from my wife, Janna. It was very cute, but when everyone climbed onto the bed to ‘help’ serve me, virtually everything—juice, coffee—spilled. It was a total mess, but we all laughed and my sleeping in was suddenly over.”
—Eastchester resident Brian Conybeare, news anchor and reporter for News 12 Westchester

“I don’t think I ever got a gift on Father’s Day other than a card and a kiss. We are not a family of consumption.”
—Television journalist Bob Woodruff of Rye

“Within a couple of weekends of Father’s Day, my kids usually come with me on a Father’s Day sail. My daughter does a magnificent job of acting like she loves boating just to make me happy. Works like a charm.”
—Academy Award-winning film director Chris Wedge of Katonah

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“My kids, Asa and Liz, are six and eight, so nothing beats a good old homemade card written on construction paper—especially as they learn to write the word ‘love.’”
—Westchester native Ari Fleischer, former White House press secretary for President George W. Bush

“A photograph taken on a fabulous family trip to Bermuda—everyone looked so happy! I put it in a colorful heart-shaped frame that was hand-made by one of our children, and it’s right on the refrigerator door at home so I can look at it every day and be reminded how blessed I am.”
—Armonk resident Ernie Anastos, news anchor for New York City’s FOX 5 News at 10 pm

“My son, John, gave me a bunch of cards on which he’d written a contract for a service to be performed. He agreed to watch a ‘sappy Capra movie’ with me, his girlfriend promised black-and-white cookies, his younger brother would run a marathon with me, and my wife would go for a bicycle ride. I recall the bike ride, the cookies, and two marathons—but John himself never came through. Not unless you think It Happened One Night is sappy.”
—Author Benjamin Cheever of Pleasantville

Photo by Bob Richman

“Every Father’s Day is the best father’s day because I get breakfast in bed and lots of greeting cards and showered with love from my wife and two daughters.”
—Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Joe Berlinger, Northern Westchester

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