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Au revoir to more than a father-in-law

Over the years, I've asked a lot of men about their fathers-in-law: whether they get along with them, whether they play a significant role in their lives. These conversations took place over a beer, or on a fishing trip, maybe at an Orioles game. I usually had to bring the subject up; in most cases, the guys I've known wouldn't do it themselves, or there just wasn't much to say. They had married the man's daughter, and that was about it. My friends and fishing companions were far more likely to talk about their own dads, not those of their wives. So maybe I've been luckier than most. Until the other day, when we had to say goodbye to him, I believe I had the...

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