Anthony

My name is Anthony S. Casson, and I am the author’s son. When this blog was started in April 2010 I was responsible for taking my dad’s letters and publishing the words here. Since then others have taken on that role, and I’m incredibly thankful for them.

I’ll just come right out and say it. My dad and I have one DAMN FUNNY relationship! I love him beyond what words I have available to describe. He is the man who raised me and the man that has taught me everything I need to know about being a good, honest, and loving societal contributor. There are no lies coming out of this young man’s mouth, you bet your ass.

I was first met with the idea of blogging for my dad when my aunt Kathy emailed me about starting one for him. Originally, she was going to start the blog and enter the information my father relayed to her via mail—I mean REAL mail. Without hesitation I said, “Can I do the blog?” And with much excitement, she agreed.

Being completely honest, after I got the green light to jump-start The Oakdale Chronicles, I felt a feeling brewing within my still-growing, 22-year-old heart. Was I really going to be entering in the no-holds-barred information flowing from my father’s inkwell deep in Louisiana federal prison? Was I really going to be putting my hopeful-journalist name on the line, which only differs in middle-initial, to pass on the word of a criminal?

Hell yes I was!

Here’s something rather entertaining. Before my dad turned himself in on his surrender date, we briefly spoke of the notion of him taking on a pen name, because we do share the same first and last name. I thought it was a dumb idea, which is why I’m keeping him honest. Seriously, though, how could a man worry about compromising the name of his son, who is aiming for a career in sports journalism, if he didn’t have a big freakin’ heart? It’s logic, people. One and one makes two, folks.

Before I wrap this up, you REALLY need to understand something…

Despite my father’s terrible acts for which he was convicted and sentenced, I love him no less than is humanly possible to love someone. There is nobody other than Tony Casson who I would take and keep as my father.

I love him…

Anthony

To contact, please comment or send an e-mail to oakdalechronicles@gmail.com

Me and the Big Guy

21 Responses to Anthony

  1. Adrienne says:

    Awwww man. That’s incredible. Thanks Anthony. Tony did a terrific job as a Dad.

    Love,
    Adrienne

  2. kelly sullivan says:

    Anthony – Thanks for thinking of me and sharing this site, information and insight with me. I was rather humbled by the fact you would since we have only just met. I have been very impressed with you already, but this makes it even more incredible. I am sorry for you and your families trials and tribulations through all of this. My family too have been through some trying times of late, so I understand the value of honesty, trust, forgiveness and family. Keep me posted please, and I plan to send your dad a note too. ks

  3. Kelly says:

    Anthony this is a tremendous thing you are doing and yet very honest. I was just now able to start reading this and you are doing a great job. Your Dad did a terrific job with you growing up and yet you have done a terrific job as you continue in adulthood. I am proud of you young man and proud to say that is my nephew, Anthony S. Casson. I love your Dad and the man he really is. I will try to keep up…

    Love to you…
    Aunt Kelly

  4. Laurie says:

    Anthony,
    What most people don’t understand is that ONE act does not define a person. Our loved ones are still the wonderful people they always were. The love they gave us and continue to give is real and valid and can never be discounted or forgotten just because a mistake was made. And might I add, in my son’s case and I suspect your father’s as well, the honorable way they handle such sad circumstances only reinforces all you know to be true about our family members courage, resolve, dignity, bravery and strength. My son makes me proud every single day even though he is a federal prisoner. He is man of great character and has a heart full of kindness and goodness and that is more than enough for me.

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  15. rebecca creech says:

    I just wanted you to know when i first read a blog posted by a online friend. I thought it was written by your Father but this is awesome that he writes it and you put it out as a blog. Thanks for sharing all this. I too am facing some simular situations. It is a very hard thing for a family to go through. I am a Mother of a Felon and This is truly a blessing. I loved the Poem A different me

    • Anthony Casson says:

      Hi Rebecca! Thank you for sharing your kind words. And I can speak for anyone involved with this project, we’re very happy to hear you’ve found some peace as a result of this work. I must note that I haven’t been the one logging the articles in a few years; a great friend of my father’s, Diane, and some family members have taken that role. Give them the praise and thanks! They deserve it.

      My thoughts are with you and your son. I can only imagine the challenges you have experienced. Share if every you feel a desire to do so.

      Thank you so much for reading!

      Anthony

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  17. Robert says:

    I am a dad. I fiind it hard to be ‘enough’ of a dad for my kids. I find the mere existence of this blog to be a ray of sunshine for me and an uplifting source of hope. You don’t know how much I appreciate that you built this blog and told your story so openly and with such self acceptance and with no need to justify this blog, other than to say this is a place for my dad to write, and I love him.

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