I'm sure he wouldn't be thrilled that I titled a post like that but it's true. He was giggling because he was so excited that his name, Friedman, would be passed to another generation.
It wasn't a given because I was born with a different last name...well technically like all people I was born without any name, but you get the point. Anyway my grandfather, Eddie, had 2 daughters so his surname ended there. But I was never really a fan of my father. So after college I changed my last name to Friedman to thank him for helping me pay for college (wasn't talking to my father but he wouldn't have given me a dime had I been) and to help him carry out his name.
So this 96 year-old man is as happy as he could be to see another generation and especially another Friedman on it's way.
And last...I have a feeling this post is going to bite me on the ass...my father doesn't know I changed my name (about 15 years ago) but I heard he was searching for me via the web...he also was searching for Kenny Friedmans...not sure how he got wise to the change. Whatever I'll play that if it comes around...weird though...I think I'd be super easy to find with $20 and a visit to the people search sites...but he was always a bit cheap.