Recent Media Coverage
The Jordan Rich Show – WBZ 1030
CBS News Radio Boston – June 18, 2011
David made an encore appearance on The Jordan Rich Show on June 18, 2011, in honor of Father's Day.
The discussion was about all things “fatherhood” as well as David's book, Dear Austin – A Letter To My Son. Calls were taken from the listening audience in what was about a 45 minute interview. Click the “Listen Now” button below to hear the segment on this site. It will also soon be available on the WBZ website at The Jordan Rich Show.
Dear Austin …
Letter from Azle dad to his son strikes a
chord with parents all over the country
by Carolea Hassard
An impromptu letter from an Azle native to his college-bound son has taken on a life of its own, touching – and reassuring – hundreds of parents across the country.
As David Perkins, a 1967 graduate of Azle High School, was seeing his son Austin off to college he suddenly realized that he might not get another chance to impart fatherly advice like he had over the last 18 years. So he wrote a letter and left it where Austin would find it.
The letter was fairly long – it takes about 10 or 15 minutes to read – but it also summed up pretty much everything everyone wants their kids to know before they fly the nest.
It gave Perkins a sense of closure, so when he noticed his good friend also having trouble coming to terms with her son going off to college, he passed it on to her.
“I gave it to her and said, ‘I don't think this will make you feel all better, but it may help you be happy for him,'” Perkins said.
His friend was so impressed she suggested Perkins publish it as a book.
The Jordan Rich Show – WBZ 1030
CBS News Radio Boston
David Perkins was interviewed by Boston radio host Jordan Rich, by telephone, on his show on Sunday morning, September 19, 2010.
The discussion was about the difficulty in letting go when a child leaves home for college, as well as David's book, Dear Austin – A Letter To My Son. Click the “Listen Now” button below to hear the segment on this site. It will also soon be available on the WBZ website at The Jordan Rich Show.
AirTalk – KPCC 89.3
Southern California Public Radio
David M. Perkins, author of Dear Austin – A Letter To My Son, was an in-studio guest on AirTalk with Larry Mantle along with Barbara J. Avery, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students at Occidental College in Los Angeles. Sitting in for Larry Mantle, as guest host, was David Lazarus of the Los Angeles Times.
The discussion centered on “velcro” parents who can't let go when their kids leave for college, and it aired live on September 7, 2010. Click below to listen to the 17:30 segment on this site. The entire two hour show is available from the AirTalk link above.
Review from DCMetroreader
“Dear Austin is one of those rare books that both parents and young adults will appreciate. The prose is sparse, but penetrating and straightforward. In fact, I re-read a few of the passages because I wanted to reflect further on them.
Dear Austin is easily digested in one sitting, but will be savored long after finishing the last page. In this slim book Perkins has managed to distill the essence of a fulfilling life.
I wish Dear Austin had been around when my son left for college. I highly recommend it to other parents in similar transitional periods!”
The entire review is available at DCMetroreader