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Takoma Park man discusses his newfound fame as 'World's Best Father'

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We decided to mark this Father's Day by introducing all of you to the "World's Best Father." That's right. The best dad in the whole world lives right here in our area. He has been documenting his parenting journey and now has a worldwide audience.

Like any new dad, Dave Engledow was wiped out.

“I was feeling completely exhausted as a new father and I wanted to create an image that would capture just how kind of clueless I was feeling as a new dad,” he told us.

His daughter Alice was nine weeks old when a photo was taken of him holding her while he was squeezing milk out of a baby bottle into a “World’s Best Father” mug. Family and friends loved it. So Dave and his wife, Jen, kept the photos coming.

“We printed 100 calendars and I think we sold 80 of them – mostly to our friends and family,” he said. “I think two strangers bought the calendars in 2012.”

The family lives in Takoma Park, Md., and these days, Alice is old enough to provide commentary.

People just seem to relate to the photos.

“The neurosis and fears and milestones that we're showing in the images really are universal,” said Dave. “I think it's quite common for new parents to be worried that they're going to end up on the news because they left the car seat on top of the car.”

He had studied photography, but has a day job.

“It is a character,” he laughs. “There's some truth to the character.”

He calls it an exaggeration of his own fears. The images are photoshopped.

“No children were harmed,” he said.

Dave kept taking the photos when military duty took his wife to Korea for a year. Her absence led to a photo of Dave eating fried chicken and mashed potatoes on an exercise bike while Alice appears to be pedaling away.

“I wanted to let her know that ‘Hey, I'm taking care of myself while you're away,’” said Dave.

By then, the photos had gone viral.

When they visited Jen in Korea, he said, “Twice on that trip while we were out in public, we had people come up to us and recognize us as the ‘World's Best Father.’”

“That's when it sort of clicked with me -- ‘Wow, these really are being seen all over the world.’”

Now there is a new book: Confessions of the World's Best Father.

“I know it looks like she's getting the better of me in that picture [on the cover], but in actuality, I won two out of three times,” he joked.

Dave said he knows something is funny if his wife laughs.

“If I can make her laugh, I feel like I am extending the marriage,” he said.

He is a husband and father getting the job done.

Online:

https://www.facebook.com/EngledowArtPhotography

http://www.penguin.com/book/confessions-of-the-worlds-best-father-by-dave-engledow/9781592408894?CMP=BLG-PGI

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