Monthly Archives: January 2015

#130 – Tim Matheson

The Life of Dad Show - Episode 130 - Tim Matheson

We are one week away from the Super Bowl and Tommy Riles can’t wait. He and Art Eddy give their predictions and they bring on actor, director, producer, and father Tim Matheson.

Tim is perhaps best known for his portrayal of the smooth talking Eric “Otter” Stratton in the 1978 comedy “Animal House”, but has had a variety of other well-known roles both before and since including critical accolades for his playing Vice President John Hoynes on the television series, “The West Wing”, which garnered him two Primetime Emmy award nominations for Best Guest Star in a Drama Series.

Having now entertained audiences over the last 50 years, Tim Matheson is a luminary in the business and currently stars as Dr. Brick Breeland in The CW series, “Hart of Dixie”, opposite Rachel Bilson. He has and continues to direct several episodes each season throughout the series. Not limited to “Hart of Dixie”, Matheson has made a career of directing an array of episodic projects on some of television’s most prominent shows, including “The Last Ship”, “Burn Notice”, “Criminal Minds”, “Without a Trace”, “Cold Case”, “Numbers”, “Drop Dead Diva”, “Suits”, “Eureka” and “White Collar”, as well as pilots for Fox’s “The Good Guys” and the USA Network successful original series “Covert Affairs”.

In 1996, Matheson took on the role of a con man who claims to be Carol Brady’s thought-to-be-dead husband in “A Very Brady Sequel”. Matheson was seen opposite Ryan Reynolds in the feature comedy “Van Wilder” in 2002, playing the father of the title character, who was inspired by his own character in “Animal House” as a nod to the original film.

Tim was born in Glendale, California and has three wonderful children from former wife, Megan Murphy. We had the pleasure of talking with Tim about acting, directing, and fatherhood.

Follow Tim Matheson on Twitter: @Tim_Matheson

#129 – Steve Grogan

The Life of Dad Show - Episode 129 - Steve Grogan

Tommy Riles is SUPER excited that his New England Patriots are going to the Super Bowl. Tom and Art Eddy talk about the Championship games and welcome former Patriots QB, Steve Grogan on the show.

When you talk to former New England Patriots quarterback Steve Grogan you realize how much you miss the way football was played from back in the day. Steve played for New England from 1975 to 1990. He has thrown for over 26,000 yards. He threw for 182 touchdowns and had 36 rushing touchdowns.

Steve is still busy after his playing days. He runs Grogan-Marciano, which is a sporting goods store in Massachusetts. Grogan and his wife raised three boys, who are now out of the house and perusing their own careers.

Tommy Riles and Art Eddy got to chat with the former Patriots quarterback on his playing days, social media, and fatherhood.

#128 – Mike Alstott

The Life of Dad Show - Episode 128 - Mike Alstott

Tommy Riles and Art Eddy talk all things NFL Playoffs. See why Tommy cried during the Patriots games. Find out who they have going to the Super Bowl. To continue with the football theme, the guys bring on Super Bowl Champ and former Tampa Bay Buccaneers great, Mike Alstott.

Mike Alstott was known as a powerful runner who made career of gaining tough yards between the tackles. He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1996. The six time Pro Bowler helped the Bucs win Super Bowl XXXVII over the Oakland Raiders. He ranks second all-time on Tampa Bay’s rushing list with 5,088 yards, while his 305 career receptions place him third in team history. Alstott is also a member of the Purdue University Hall of Fame.

Mike created the Mike Alstott Family Foundation to assist others in uplifting the minds, hearts and spirits of families and children on their way to realizing their full potential through various events, assistance programs, and celebrations.

Mike and I talk about his playing days, fatherhood, his work as the head football coach for a local high school in Florida, winning the Super Bowl with the Buccaneers, and what inspired him to start up his foundation.

Follow Mike Alstott on Twitter and learn more about the Mike Alstott Family Foundation here.

#127 – Brian Dickinson

The Life of Dad Show - Episode 127 - Brian Dickinson

This week on the first Life of Dad Show for 2015 Tommy Riles and Art Eddy talk NFL playoffs, New Year’s parties, and what is the most extreme thing they did so far in their lives. They also bring on former US Navy Air Rescue Swimmer, Brian Dickinson, on the show.

Author, Motivational Speaker, Adventurer, former US Navy Air Rescue Swimmer, Brian Dickinson, has experienced a lot of adventure in his life. One memory that will always stay with him was when he was alone and snow blind while on the summit of Mount Everest. Brian was alone because his Sherpa became ill and had to turn back. Brian made the choice to keep climbing to the summit on his own.

Dickinson, who is a skilled climber, knew all the risks going in. After a few hours Brian made it to the top of the highest peak in the world. But one of his greatest achievements was short-lived. Right after he took a few pictures to document his climb his vision became blurry, his eyes started to burn, and within seconds, he was rendered almost completely blind.

Brian started to make his way back down the mountain using the survival training he learned while in the Navy. Plus he relied on his intuition as well as his faith. Brian recalls his story in the book, “Blind Descent”.

We got to talk with Brian about his near death experience, how his faith in God helped him survive, and a bit on fatherhood.

Follow Brian Dickinson on Twitter, visit him on, and definitely purchase his book, “Blind Descent”.