ED’S LET­TER

Sunday Herald Sun - Stellar - - Stellar Contents - Sar­rah

There are cer­tain peo­ple who Aus­tralians feel par­tic­u­larly strongly about – and Olivia New­ton-john would ap­pear to be one of them. If the re­ac­tion of those who stole a sneak peek at our cover shoot while walk­ing past the Stel­lar of­fice this past week is any in­di­ca­tion, the 67-year-old has a unique abil­ity to in­voke nos­tal­gia. Young, old, male, fe­male… each of them had a story about singing along to the strains of a tune made fa­mous by the woman Bono con­sid­ers to be the “queen of Aus­tralia”. (An of­fi­cial royal ti­tle that might ex­plain why three se­nior staff mem­bers were in tears while watch­ing New­ton-john re­cently per­form on stage in Las Ve­gas. Hope­lessly de­voted, in­deed.) To­day be­ing Fa­ther’s Day will in­vari­ably spark a wide range of emo­tions, too, but as our new colum­nist David Camp­bell points out, we rarely cel­e­brate the raw side of par­ent­hood through the ul­tra-fil­tered lens of so­cial me­dia. So to­day we ac­knowl­edge the many dads whose de­vo­tion to the or­di­nary makes them re­ally quite ex­tra­or­di­nary.

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