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Hats Off to Medals of Excellence Winners

By Barbara Orlando, Editor

NYC Transit's third annual Medals of Excellence Awards Ceremony inspired rounds of applause at Brooklyn Borough Hall in June when the agency honored 44 employees for exceptional performance, public service and dedication. Called "the best of the best" by NYC Transit President Lawrence G. Reuter, the winners are in three categories: five won Distinguished Service medals for outstanding efficiency and dedication, 33 received Commendation medals for acts of personal risk on duty, and six were honored for Heroism­ specific acts of bravery in the face of personal danger, on or off duty. As happened last year, the audience was deeply moved by descriptions of the winners' quick thinking, skillful and selfless acts to prevent or reduce danger, rescue fellow employees, customers or neighbors and save lives.

Here Comes Another Centennial!

The last horse-drawn public transit lines like this one came to a halt in Manhattan in 1917. But it was the summer of 1905 when the Fifth Avenue Coach Company introduced its experimental gasoline-electric omnibus in Manhattan that ultimately sent these horses out to pasture. To learn more about Fifth Avenue Coach, Department of Buses' history and related Centennial events, stay tuned to At Your Service, The Leader newsletter from Buses, and the New York Transit Museum and MTA websites. Also, save Saturday, September 17, for the Museum's big Bus Festival.

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Labor Relations VP Ralph Agritelley noted that his department's Employee Recognition Initiatives (ERP) designed the Medals of Excellence program to acknowledge outstanding performance by employees who deserve special recognition. Agritelley also thanked the union leaders present: President Kenneth Broderick of Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 1056, Field Representative Richard Calbo of Subway Surface Supervisors Association (SSSA), and President Fathi Behrouz of DC 37 Civil Service Technical Guild. Real Life, Not Reality TV After Rev. Robert Whalen's invocation, and music by Subways' Brenda Robertson and Anderson Stewart, the event highlighted the daring exploits of these six NYC Transit heroes of 2004 ­ three of them bus operators:

Six Heroes Show Their Medals: seated up front - John Cammarata, John Carprario, Glen A. Moyles, Tyra Lassiter-Cropper, Daryl Rawlins and Tom Reala. Back row from left, Subways Chief Transportation Officer Kevin O'Connell, Chief of Operations Nat Ford and Senior VP Michael Lombardi; Labor Relations VP Ralph Agritelley, Executive VP Barbara R. Spencer, Buses Senior VP Millard Seay and President Lawrence G. Reuter.

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in October, Quill Bus Operator John Caprario saw a motorcycle rider hit the curb and slide down the block as his bike ignited, engulfing him in flames. Caprario called 911, grabbed his fire extinguisher and ran to help, ignoring the risk of explosion from spreading gas and eight-foot flames. Despite pleas from a Quill dispatcher, Caprario did all he could for the biker until a Fire Department ambulance took over.

® Casey Stengel Bus Operator Glen A. Moyles was crossing

Northern Boulevard Overpass on a snowy February 6 when he saw a man from a stopped car argue with a woman, then climb to the edge of the overpass, feet dangling above frozen Flushing Bay. As Moyles phoned 911, the man jumped but the woman miraculously grabbed his wrist and held on with both hands. Racing to help, Moyles grasped the writhing man's belt, held him, pulled him to safety with two passersby, then subdued him until police arrived. "You don't think about your own safety. You just do whatever it takes," says Moyles, a strapping father of three. "But when I was up there leaning way over holding this guy by the seat of his pants, I realized, if he goes, I'll go."

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® At 4 a.m. in icy December, Clara Hale Bus Operator John Cammarata heard shouts outside his Staten Island home and saw flames from a townhouse where a couple lived with four foster children ages 2-12. He raced across the street to get the couple out and help rescue the children from a fire so intense it melted a door. He then alerted others as the fire fanned out. One father literally threw his five-year-old daughter into John's arms.

At Your Service

Published by MTA New York City Transit · Lawrence G. Reuter, President Produced by the Department of Corporate Communications, Paul J. Fleuranges, Vice President · Charles Seaton, Director, Public Affairs · Barbara Orlando, Editor Sylvia S. Isabel, Writer · Gary Jenkins, Art Director · Philip J. Bartley, Manager Photography · Felix Candelaria, Mike Coughlan, Photographers George I. Watson, Director of Printing · Printing, NYC Transit Print Shop

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This Issue... 3 Health Study/Recalling the El 4-5 Applause 6 President for a Day 7 Honoring Fathers

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NYC Transit Joins TWU, NYC in Workplace Health Study

® Conductor Tyra Lassiter-Cropper was riding home on the 7

subway on May 31 when the crew began discharging passengers at Queensboro Plaza because a police booth on the platform was on fire. Though off duty, she immediately began helping the evacuation despite heavy, noxious smoke. She remained on the scene guiding customers to safety until she was overcome, lost consciousness and had to be treated for smoke inhalation by EMS and Elmhurst Hospital. "I used to be in the Marines. I've done this kind of thing before," says Rawlins, a slight, erect man who grew up in Brownsville, Brooklyn. "When that guy slashed a passenger, I thought, `that could have been one of my passengers.' Maybe it's in my nature, and also my training." Maybe so. Glen Moyles' wife, Siobhan, notes that he has taken risks to save a life before. And in 1984, Rawlins was honored by New York City when, as a traffic agent, he fractured an arm to break down the door of a burning house to save a little girl. Exceptional Performers All 33 Commendation winners were also impressive, whether reacting as a team or individually. In every case, these winners (listed below) did the right thing on the spot, whether to help someone sick or injured, to return or protect valuable property, to prevent accidents, fires or electrical malfunctions and, time and again with nerves of steel, to rescue people from the subway tracks. The Distinguished Service winners were also notable, five employees selected by their departments for unusually efficient and professional service: Ray Walker and James White from Buses, Brett Parson and Joseph Vicidomini from Subways, and Gladys Williams, a nurse with Occupational Health Services. "We can't do all we'd like to for your extraordinary show of leadership that helps make this such a great organization," President Reuter told the winners. "But you make us very proud, and we thank each of you, your families and spouses who share in your achievements."

NYC Transit has joined the Transport Workers Union Local 100 (TWU) and New York City's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) in a unique program to improve employees' long-term health, by evaluating health factors and possible ways to improve them at work. "We are very pleased to be part of a program with the TWU and the City that could bring about significant new health care strategies for our employees, " said Human Resources Vice President Kevin Hyland. "We also appreciate that participating TWU members will receive high quality health risk appraisals that will benefit them directly, while advancing our goal of widespread health and wellness initiatives at NYC Transit." Called Wellness at Work, the program was initiated by the City and is funded by a three-year grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. The City DOHMH is directing the study, in conjunction with Cornell University's Institute for Health and Productivity Studies. The Cornell unit is responsible for the health assessment evaluations that will be a cornerstone of the City's findings. The City DOHMH invited 10 organizations to participate, including the TWU, to provide an appropriate sample of employees in different work environments. The other employers are Con Edison, Pace and Columbia Universities and six hospitals.

® On May 14, Cleaner Tom Reala saw that a mentally disturbed

man had thrown a customer waiting at Columbus Circle to the trackbed. He quickly alerted police in the area of the assailant's crazed actions, by then directed toward other unsuspecting customers. When the police arrived, Reala saw the suspect fiercely resisting arrest. He boldly tackled the assailant while avoiding the impact of a punch, and enabled the police to finally subdue the outof-control man.

The overall plan calls for 3,000 participants per employer, with each employer selecting a Wellness Team to manage its project within the City's guidelines. For NYC Transit, the TWU has selected eight worksites where workers are invited to participate: Subways' Coney Island and 207th Street Overhaul Shops and six bus depots ­ Manhattanville, Jackie Gleason, 126th Street, Gun Hill, 100th Street and West Farms. The TWU/ NYC Transit project has been named Healthy Transit Family: On the Move for Better Health. TWU Member Services Director, Neil Persaud, is project director, with NYC Transit's Dr. Michelle Alexander, assistant vice president of Occupational Health Services, as its facilitator. TWU President Roger Toussaint aptly described the project's goal in an announcement letter urging members to respond to its Health Risk Appraisals. "This survey will give the Department of Health a more accurate picture of what the T.W.U. employees' health concerns are and will help us create an appropriate worksite wellness program," he wrote.

® Working at the 14th Street Union Square platform, Conductor

Daryl Rawlins, saw a man fleeing the police, after stealing prescriptions worth hundreds of dollars from a Walgreen pharmacy. Wielding a box cutter, the suspect jumped the turnstile, knocked Rawlins aside and boarded a train to escape. Rawlins signaled the conductor to keep the doors open, intercepted the assailant, who went after him with his box cutter as he darted off the train, then subdued and held the man until police made the arrest.

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John Albanese, train service supervisor, Human Resources Giuseppe Arborea, superintendent, Electrical Edward Brennan, superintendent, Electrical David Castellano, power distribution maintainer, Track Olivia Cousins, conductor, RTO (now station agent in Stations) Parmar Dineshkumar, train service supervisor, RTO Alan Doran, general superintendent, Electrical Sandra Dottin-Maccin, bus operator, Flatbush Depot Salvatore Fiore, Jr., conductor, RTO Joseph Fusco, bus operator, Queens Village Michael Harris, road car inspector, Car Equipment Gary Herard, power distribution maintainer, Track Jamal Holmes, train operator, RTO Ira Hyner, light maintainer, Infrastructure Larry Jefferson, power distribution maintainer, Track Bryant Johnson, property protection supervisor, Security George Karitis, car inspector, Car Equipment

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Recalling 50 Years Ago in May

By Arthur Murphy, Subways' Division of Car Equipment On May 12, 1955, an important event occurred in New York City history that today's news media almost completely overlooked. On that date 50 years ago, the Third Avenue Elevated, the last of the original Manhattan elevated lines, was discontinued between Chatham Square in Manhattan and 149th Street/Third Avenue in The Bronx. That rundown old El line is a significant link in our subway's Centennial year. The first subway line that opened in 1904 was a direct descendant of Manhattan's four elevated lines that had been running for more than 25 years. The Els were the first real rapid transit in the City, and the celebrated Third Avenue El had the highest ridership, the most services, lasted the longest and achieved the greatest fame. There was adventure and fun in riding the elevated lines across Manhattan, The Bronx and Brooklyn that the subways could not duplicate. You were out in the fresh air and, looking out, could observe the different neighborhoods as you passed by. The street scenes and architecture of the old buildings contrasting with the new, provided a moving experience and a visual treat. The wooden cars resembled old-fashioned railroad coaches. They were quieter and more comfortable than their subway counterparts, and the El stations had a charm of their own. Many people, given the choice between the subway and the El, opted for the IRT's "Open Air Lines."

Thomas Kary, bus operator, Ulmer Park Depot Tom Kavourias, superintendent, Human Resources Glen Manning, train service supervisor, Human Resources Kenneth McDermott, train operator, RTO Nancy Moctezuma, railroad stock worker, Supply Logistics Elgio Paulino, bus operator, Manhattanville Depot Praimnath Samlal, light maintainer, Infrastructure Kenneth Sanders, train operator, RTO Raymond Simmonds, train operator, RTO John Sullivan, superintendent, Electrical Norman Thompson, superintendent, Electrical Vladimir Tkachenko, electrical helper, Electrical Lionel Wheeler, conductor, RTO Yvonne White, conductor, RTO Ephanis Wright, conductor, RTO Eugene Wright, power maintainer, Electrical

Half a century later, Third Avenue has changed considerably, but to anyone who recalls the El or has seen it in photographs, there is a definite sense of emptiness on Third Avenue that is not easily forgotten.

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Back from Iraq

He went to Iraq for almost a year, But now he's back, so let's give a cheer. He's Matthew Z, and he did it large, Served in Company C, got promoted to "Sarge." He's our hero you see, and we've got to say, Without M-A-T-T, you can't spell "MTA." Joy and enormous relief were in the air when Marketing welcomed Matthew Zephyr back from Iraq in May with lunch, toasts, hugs, a huge cake and his own Poetry in Motion card. Matt, 28, is as cool, hard working and helpful as ever, after serving nearly a year as a convoy driver /supply specialist in tough and deadly settings near Baghdad. He rejected a sizable offer to stay, and will banter about the desert heat or Army food, but not the work or the people he met. Now, his job with Marketing's Distribution Unit is crisscrossing New York City disseminating maps, service notices and other transit data from Staten Island to The Bronx. Welcome back, Matt, our best to your wife, Audrena, and to all the families we may know who have been touched personally by this war. (At latest count, 398 employees are in military service.)

Midtown Exhibit Celebrates Arts for Transit 20th Anniversary

The UBS Gallery on Avenue of the Americas overflowed with fans on June 30 for a stunning exhibit, Along the Way: MTA Arts for Transit, that celebrates 20 years of the MTA's great public arts program.

"I've been aware of Arts for Transit for years, but didn't realize how big and impressive it is ­ or how much it's contributed to art in New York ­ before seeing so much of it in one place," observed Chief Budget Officer David Henley of Capital Program Management. "This gives it a real Wow!" Sponsored by UBS, the exhibit depicts more than 150 projects, with about 40 from the past 10 years that reflect City history and neighborhoods. It includes drawings, paintings and collages, sculpture, stained glass, photographs, sample mosaics, models and maquettes. It highlights the subway's 100-year history with mosaics. It also provides a welcome key that links participating contemporary artists to their work. See it at UBS Gallery, 1285 Avenue of the Americas (at West 51st Street), June 30 through September 9, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Car Maintainers Score at APTA Rodeo

This team of Car Equipment maintainers took third place in this year's American Public Transit Association International Rodeo in Pittsburgh in June, after first qualifying in the local rodeo at Coney Island Overhaul Shop.

Top Chaplain Recipient: Elder Edward Padilla (left) receives plaque from Chaplain Harry Berkowitz.

Volunteer Chaplains: `One of NYC Transit's Most Vital Resources'

The Volunteer Chaplains' Annual Recognition Luncheon, held recently by Employee Recognition Programs at 2 Broadway, was an opportunity to meet and thank the caring people who are on call 24/7 as volunteers for NYC Transit employees and their families. NYC Transit Chaplain Harry Berkowitz coordinates the chaplains' responses to emergencies and employees' special needs. Some of the 35 volunteers are employees, others retirees, and all are priests, nuns, imams, pandits, rabbis or other ministers of diverse faiths. "You chaplains are among Transit's first responders to emergencies, at all hours in all kinds of weather, often for people at their lowest point," said President Lawrence G. Reuter. "We are grateful to you and I am pleased to thank you on behalf of 48,000 employees. You are one of our most vital resources." The Father Cosgrove Award, the highest Chaplain honor, was presented to Elder Edward Padilla, who recently retired from Stations after 35 years of dedicated public service. He has worked tirelessly with people affected by 9/11 and is known for asking: "Has anyone said they love you today?" Chaplain Brenda Robertson of Subways sang the National Anthem. Employee Poetry Club leaders Linda Davis and Rebecca McFadden (Controller's Office), and Diane Armstrong (Human Resources) read poems they wrote for the event.

In Pittsburgh the team competed in nine events starting with a timed, 100-question test. The other events testing their skills in handling defects or repairs were dubbed Mystery Box, HVAC (heat, ventilation, air conditioning), Defective Component, Circuit Building, both Torque Wrench and Wheel Gauge Applications, Mechanical Measurements, and Tools and Fasteners.

Winning APTA Team: Jamal Ali, Jerry Robinson, Coach Joe Ragusa, Jr. and Ashifiqbal Motiwala.

The Return of Spring mural by Jack Beal, 2001, Times Square Station.

Chairman's Safety Awards Presented

Home Team: Iraq Vet Matthew Zephyr (fourth from left) with his Distribution team (from left) Manager Frank Marino, Director Joan Johnson, Customer Service reps Rodney Jennings, Kevin Brunson, Thomas Smith and James Bell. Missing: Ramesh Kandhai.

NYC Transit scored with two Group Excellence Awards and five honorable mentions for 2004 during MTA Chairman Peter S. Kalikow's Eighth Annual Safety Awards recently at Grand Central. Subways' Maintenance of Way Signals unit won for Group Excellence with an impressive 56% drop in lost-time accidents (LTA). Assistant Chiefs Tracy Bowdin and Vito Gelose noted that "everybody pitched in," with posters, check lists, videos and safety discussions across the board. And Buses' Brooklyn Division won a Group Excellence plaque with a decrease of nearly 23 percent in LTA. Led by General Manager Kenneth Daube's "Back to Basics" campaign, "safety performance was a centerpiece of all our senior level management meetings," says Assistant General Manager Nicholas Sansevero. Honorable Mention awards for safety achievements went to Subways' Pitkin Yard Rewind and Fabrication Shop, Traffic Checking Operations, its Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning units ­ North and South Sections, and Power's System Operations group. "It takes hard work to bring these numbers down each year. Thanks to our winners for setting good examples," said President Lawrence G. Reuter.

Signals Success: With NYC Transit President Reuter (far left), Chairman Kalikow (third from right) presents Group Safety plaque to (from left) General Superintendent Warren Tobin, Assistant Chief Tracy Bowdwin, Chief Officer Jerome Martin and Superintendent Edward Brennan. Brooklyn Bus Boost: President Reuter (from left) joins Buses team celebrating Brooklyn Division's safety award: Chief Safety Officer Wayne Galante, Superintendent Bill Audley, Chief Officer Robert Balsamo Brooklyn Assistant General Manager Nick Sansevero and General Manager Kenneth Daube (now in Queens).

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The winning team's members are Electronic Specialist Jerry Robinson with the EMD at Central Electronics Shop in Woodside, Queens, along with Car Inspectors Ashifiqbal Motiwala of Jamaica Maintenance Shop and Jamal Ali of Livonia Shop. Congratulations to the men and their coach, General Superintendent Joseph Ragusa, Jr., from the 239th Street Shop.

`President for a Day' Scores All Around

Construction Flagging Supervisor Karlene Jarrett, winner of the Charity Drive's unprecedented "President for a Day" venture, spent a day in the spotlight with NYC President Lawrence G. Reuter and managed to shine throughout. "It was a terrific day for me! I had a really good time," she says. What's more, President Reuter says he enjoyed it too. After a daughter's sendoff, "Go for it, Mom," Jarrett describes a day that started at 7 a.m. when she was driven to 2 Broadway to meet the president. "He took me around upstairs [the new executive floor] to meet everyone. His office is gorgeous, with the river right out there. I was comfortable from the moment I met him. . . I got a feeling there that they are really family oriented. He told me a lot of people are working hard to make his work a little easier." For Jarrett, who started at NYC Transit as a conductor in 1987, her luck in a Be a Star Charity Drive drawing led to this privilege, which included two meetings at the MTA, a "very interesting" Money Room tour and lunch at the Brooklyn Marriott. She also met Executive VP Barbara R. Spencer. "We went to the MTA together and she explained what was going on and what would be discussed." "At the MTA, when they introduced me, I thought `Oh, my Lord!' I had to stand up, facing the board, and At MTA: Karlene Jarrett joins Director Barry Feinstein then a board member (left) and President Reuter. said, `Come on over and sit with us.' I also met the Chairman [of the TA Committee], Barry Feinstein, and [Executive Director] Katie Lapp." She also had a taste of Reuter humor. "Oh, you should hear them. They were funny. [Subways SVP] Lombardi and him and somebody else, they were comedians. He does diffuse things this way...But the moment he walked out, the media was on him asking about booth clerks, the move ­ something about the table at Jay Street. I think some of it was for fun because they know him."

A Father's Very Special Wish

By Gerard H. Douglas Director, RTO Budget and Administration Caroline Lu is a computer associate in the Budget Unit of RTO Subdivision A. Caroline's parents hail from Shanghai and moved to Taipei on the island of Taiwan where she was born. She came to the US to attend South Connecticut State College. At the Chinese Society, she met Ning-Kang Louis Young Tina and her parents Lu, a Yale student studying architecture and her future husband. Their fathers were both building engineers and their parents became good friends. Once Caroline and Louis finished school and married, they moved to Queens where their daughter was born. Louis wanted to name her Christina, but her paternal grandfather could not pronounce it, so she was named Tina. Tina was fortunate to have Louis's parents living in her home and heard them speak Chinese constantly. Louis often told Tina "you are Chinese," and insisted she learn to speak, read and write Chinese. Beginning in second grade and after she finished her homework, from 8 to 10 every night, Louis taught Tina Chinese. Her grandparents thought it was too much work for such a young child, but Louis insisted. Caroline and Louis learned of a fine school where a teacher taught Chinese in classes of no more than eight students. But

despite her father's lessons and hearing Chinese at home, Tina failed the entrance exam three times. At that point, both grandparents and her parents went to speak to the teacher. Because there is such profound respect for elders in the Chinese culture, the teacher agreed to accept Tina for her class. During much of the first year, Tina had the worst grades in class. But by the end of the year, she had the highest grade. Louis was proud. He died in 1997 when Tina was 10, but his wish for Tina was on its way to fulfillment. Tina kept a daily Chinese diary that her teacher reviewed. Seven students and Tina were selected for their writing skills and challenged to write a book. Tina spent every morning, from 9 to 12 noon for an entire summer, writing a children's mystery story. After presenting it to her teacher, she was encouraged to translate it into English. While Tina was translating, her friend, Yen-Shu Liao, created watercolor illustrations. At last the book was done and sent to a publisher. Tina was the only student who completed this project. At 17 she is a published author. The result: a most beautiful book, The Mystery of the Starry Night in Chinese and English, dedicated to her father. Louis's very special wish was granted. Everyone in Caroline's office bought at least one of the $12 books as gifts for children and as an inspiration to follow Tina's example. Proceeds will help pay for Tina's college education. Caroline hopes Tina will qualify as an exchange student for a year of college in China. If you would like to buy Tina's very special book, call Caroline at 718-518-3422 or e-mail her at [email protected]

President for a Day and President enjoy lunch at Brooklyn Marriott.

Here are more of Karlene's comments from a Q & A with At Your Service: What are you going to remember or tell your grandchildren? That I spent a day with President Reuter going back and forth. I will remember this until the day I die. I got to see the other side of things that we don't really see. We think that everything just comes like this. You want something, but we don't realize you have to go through a process, and everything one way or another bucks up to the top. I think he was good today. What would you like fellow employees to know about President Reuter? That he's human. I really found him a very nice, down-to-earth and calm person. The way we think of a president, or people who work on executive boards, is like they're not human. Maybe it's the persona or our perception of someone, because he just is a human being, yet you know you just think differently about him. He was really friendly. Most people when they have the title, you know, they're not. I was really impressed. What would you want customers to know about him? That he's on their side. He's trying to do everything to be customer friendly. That's his goal. He's convinced that talking to clerks outside the booth, they can be more helpful than inside. So on customer issues, he's really trying to do the best for both sides ­ and with the cuts. Reviewing her "wonderful day," this seasoned, savvy Subways superintendent came back to the Charity Drive. "My sister died from breast cancer when she was just 59. The Charity Drive slogan, `Light the Way for Someone Today,' really grabbed me. And that was what I was trying to do. I designated my money for cancer research and for asthma, because I have a lot of asthma in my family. So I want to thank the Charity coordinators who worked tirelessly. I hope they make their goal not only for 2005, but beyond, and I wish them success." -- Barbara Orlando

Poets Club Celebrates Fathers

The NYC Transit poetry society, PoetTree Club, celebrated fatherhood at a post-Fathers' Day reading at 2 Broadway, with wonderful poems about dads by Rebecca McFadden, Linda Davis, Paul Carlos, Tom McDonald, Diane Armstrong, Wanda Chambers, Warren Sprauve, Nome Poem, Holly Wells and Chaplain Edward Padilla. Stations Supervisor Paul Carlos put it as powerfully as anyone in a poem about his growing sense of wonder and responsibility from the day his daughter was born:

As for fatherhood, it doesn't pay cash, but it's the best damn gig in the world.

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