Monthly Archives: July 2014

#104 – Hugh Acheson



The Life of Dad Show - Episode 104 - Hugh Acheson

Tommy Riles and Art Eddy talk about Comic-Con in San Diego, the new campaign Life of Dad is doing with Snyder’s of Hanover?, and The Riles Family’s Love Walk for Scotland (#LoveWalkForScotland).

The guys also bring on Bravo’s “Top Chef” judge, Hugh Acheson. He was in New York City last month and hosted a round table chat where he created some incredible rum-infused food and drink recipes. With some help from Captain Morgan, Hugh is getting us ready for the summer.

Besides his role on Bravo’s “Top Chef”, Acheson is the author of the James Beard Foundation Award Winning Cookbook, “A New Turn in the South: Southern Flavors Reinvented for Your Kitchen”. Hugh is known reinventing dishes that take on southern flavors. He also owns four restaurants, including Atlanta’s Empire State South.

We caught up with Hugh to chat about his time in New York City, “Top Chef”, fatherhood, and what inspired him to become a chef.


#103 – ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic



The Life of Dad Show - Episode 103 - 'Weird Al' Yankovic

This week Tommy Riles and Art Eddy talk about the ups and downs of parenting. Tommy shares with Art about how the Riles family is taking a sad day in their life and making it into a positive one. Tom’s wife, Lucy, wrote a beautiful article called “Love Walk for Scotland” to talk about them losing their son Scotland while she was 20 weeks pregnant.

In parenting, Tom and Art talk about the fact that there are good days and bad days. To talk about the good days, they bring on “Weird Al” Yankovic to talk about fatherhood and his new album!

For years, “Weird Al” Yankovic has been making people laugh with his song parodies. If you say “Weird Al”, many people start busting out their favorite song lyrics from his huge body of work. From songs like “White and Nerdy”, “Yoda”, “Amish Paradise”, “Smells Like Nirvana”, “Fat”, and “The Saga Begins”, fans of Al can tell you about a certain memory that comes to mind when they think of that song.

Now while many artists of whom “Weird Al” has done parodies are no longer in the entertainment industry, Yankovic keeps putting out hits. Last week, he came out with his fourteenth studio album, “Mandatory Fun”. (Download on iTunes or buy on Amazon.)

Along with the release of this album, Yankovic has produced videos to showcase each day to celebrate his latest creation. These new tracks and videos are already going viral. I had the honor of talking with Al about “Mandatory Fun”, fatherhood, and more.


#102 – Allan Houston



The Life of Dad Show - Episode 102 - Allan Houston

Tom Riles and Art Eddy talk about the Life of Dad trip to Las Vegas. We learn about Tom’s love for pizza, Art’s love for sneakers, and that Ryan Hamilton can play the saxophone. The guys also bring on Assistant General Manager of the New York Knicks, Allan Houston, to the show.

Many people know Allan Houston from his NBA playing days with the New York Knicks and Detroit Pistons. Since he retired Allan is still involved in the game he loves. He is the Assistant General Manager for the New York Knicks. He has been an international ambassador for the NBA, spokesperson for the National Fatherhood Initiative, ESPN analyst, and an author.

Still when you ask Allan what he is most proud of he will tell you that it is being a father. Houston, who has seven children takes fatherhood very seriously. Allan started the Legacy Foundation, which has served over 1,500 participants across the country through original programs in fatherhood and entrepreneurship to facilitate individual and collective growth through initiatives that restore a strong family unit, provide economic empowerment through entrepreneurship, encourage education and life skill development, and enhance spiritual growth.

The “Father Knows Best” Basketball Retreat & FISLL Curriculum provides a unique combination of basketball and relationship building activities for fathers and children, and mentors and mentees emphasizing leadership, communication, and the importance of spending quality time together.
Allan was named “Father of the Year” by the National Fatherhood Initiative in 2007, “Social Entrepreneur of the Year” by Tulane University in 2008, and received the President’s Council on Service and Civic Engagement Award from the Obama Administration in 2011.

We had the pleasure to talk with Allan about his foundation, his playing days, his time on Team USA during the 2000 Summer Olympics, and fatherhood.


#101 – Jeffrey Brown



The Life of Dad Show - Episode 101 - Jeffrey Brown

Tom Riles and Art Eddy talk about summer movie memories, trampoline accidents, and how sights, smells, and sounds can bring back memories. The also bring on author Jeffrey Brown.

Jeffrey Brown is the author of the New York Times bestseller “Darth Vader and Son.” Brown also won an Eisner Award for that book. Brown continued to show his love the “Star Wars” universe with another book called “Vader’s Little Princess,” which was also on the New York Times bestseller list. He will be releasing another book called “Goodnight Darth Vader” that comes out July 22nd. You can pre-order the book here.

Jeffrey is responsible for the hilarious book called “Kids are Weird.” Brown has done countless comic books and graphic novels. I am a big fan of his storytelling and his artwork. Not only does he write a great story, but his illustrations alone can tell the tale as well.

I was able to talk with Jeffrey about his new book, his love for the “Star Wars” films, and fatherhood.