How That NYT 'Old Men With Babies' Story Went Down: An Imagined Conversation

"In December 1996, inspired in part by [Tony] Randall's well-publicized late fatherhood (his wife was 26 at the time), I wrote an article for The New York Times about men having children at a stage in life when their peers were usually contemplating a move to Florida or their next cardiogram. One proud papa dubbed them start-over dads, or SODs for short.... Under the circumstances, it seemed natural to check in with some of the same fathers 10 years later to see how they are faring in their eighth or even ninth decade."

[Phone rings]
SMALL CHILD: Hello?
TV: Hi, this is Tom Vinciguerra from the New York Times. Is your daddy still alive?
SMALL CHILD: [Weeps into phone]
TV: Great, thanks! Bye!

He's Not My Grandpa. He's My Dad. [NYT]