This book's for you: my father's legacy of creativity

There are two distinct personality types in my family, derived from our parents. My mom was a keep-it-close kind of person, not too keen on showing or sharing feelings. My dad was a heart-on-your-sleeve type of guy. If he had a feeling, you were going to know it, be it joy, sorrow or even anger. He was an artist and a writer, a sensitive man who loved sharing his creativity. I am my father's daughter in many ways, and not just because I have never had a feeling deemed unworthy of sharing. I got my creative spirit from him, my ability to throw great parties and my sense of style.

Yesterday, four of the five Dersch siblings met to begin sorting through the last of my mom's things. We started the evening off with a champaign toast to me and my book, which was so unexpected and lovely. In the toast my sister Peggy gave, she acknowledged that I am the second author in the family.

When my dad left Anheuser-Busch in the late 70s, under a cloud of controversy, he was angry at the direction the company was going and the end of his career there. So he sat down and wrote a book about it. Then he put the book away. More than 20 years later, he took it up again, and with the help Peggy and me, finished the book. Beer Bubbles and Bucks is a roll through years of working in the beer industry when times were, well, a little drunker.

My dad died in 2008, almost 10 years ago. But the grief rang anew. He would be so proud of me. He would have been leading the parade of pride for me. Sitting in my sister's living room, sorting through his most precious things my mother saved, I held his rings. My dad was a stylish dude who was always well-put together and his rings were an essential element. Then I found the photo of him holding his hot-off-the-presses book, those rings front and center. I let the tears roll. I know my dad would have been ok with that. Thank you, Dad, for your inspiration. For teaching me I can make a living being a creative person. For sharing your gifts with us and showing me I can do the same. This book's for you. 



Maryanne Dersch