Most parents wish they could be near their children 24/7—to protect, advise and guide them in decision making. While that’s not feasible, former Air Force Sergeant Robert Benson may have found the next best thing to being there: texting them your advice. While away from home for extended periods, Benson spent a year advising his kids with homegrown advice directly influenced by his own life experiences. Among the topics he regarded as important for a lifetime of wisdom: motivation, relationships and professionalism. THE BOOK OF DAD is a 200-strong collection of Benson’s observations, insights and fatherly advice. Personal background: Born and raised in Chester, PA August 24, 1960. He remained there and never traveled more than 100 miles away from Chester until he graduated from Chester High School in 1979. Upon graduation he entered the United States Air Force, traveled the world, and acquired education (BS & MPA) until October of 2003, when he retired as a Senior Master Sergeant (E-8). He is married to the former Ulett M. Williams of Gary Indiana, he has three children, Erica C Gause, Ulon Marcus and Robert Andrew Benson, and one grandson David Kevin Gause, Jr.