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Sperm Donor Father Ends His Anonymity (And You Won't Believe What He Is Doing Now)
NY Times ^ | 14 February 2007 | Amy Harmon

Posted on 02/15/2007 3:30:45 AM PST by shrinkermd

...Mr. Harrison had been thinking about getting in touch since reading in an article in The New York Times 15 months ago that two teenagers whose mothers had used his sperm to conceive were looking for him. The headline, “Hello, I’m Your Sister, Our Father Is Donor 150,” made him choke on his coffee, said Mr. Harrison, who made $400 a month donating sperm under that number twice-weekly during the late 1980s.

...Once one of the sperm bank’s most-requested donors, with a profile that described him as 6 foot and blue-eyed with interests in philosophy, music and drama, Mr. Harrison, 50, lives with his four dogs in a recreational vehicle near the Venice section of Los Angeles.

“I make a meager living,” Mr. Harrison said, taking care of dogs and doing other odd jobs.

Still, he said he thought he could explain to the girls why he had taken an unconventional life-path. Their grandfather was an Ivy League-educated retired financial executive, he would tell them; their grandmother was a former volunteer president for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

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? Only in America!
1 posted on 02/15/2007 3:30:49 AM PST by shrinkermd
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To: shrinkermd

I wonder when he will be taken to court so he can catch up on back child support.


2 posted on 02/15/2007 3:37:57 AM PST by seemoAR (Absolute power corrupts absolutely)
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To: shrinkermd

Oh dear! Dad lives in a van down by the river.


3 posted on 02/15/2007 3:44:10 AM PST by Ditter
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To: Ditter

steady diet of gub'mint cheese?


4 posted on 02/15/2007 3:48:04 AM PST by steve8714 ( Someday we will all be Serbs, chased from our homeland by the sweep of Islamic imperialism.)
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To: Ditter

THAT was good!!!


5 posted on 02/15/2007 3:50:01 AM PST by listenhillary (You can lead a man to reason, but you can't make him think)
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To: Ditter


"Oh dear! Dad lives in a van down by the river."
6 posted on 02/15/2007 3:56:58 AM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life ;o)
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To: shrinkermd

Mom, can I get a tattoo?

Ask your sperm donor, dear.


7 posted on 02/15/2007 3:59:18 AM PST by SlowBoat407 (A living insult to islam since 1959)
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To: shrinkermd

Ugh.


8 posted on 02/15/2007 4:01:21 AM PST by XR7
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To: shrinkermd

Well, at least the kids know that dad is good with his hands.


9 posted on 02/15/2007 4:02:10 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Cheney X -- Destroying the Liberal Democrat Traitors By Any Means Necessary -- Ya Dig ? Sho 'Nuff.)
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To: shrinkermd
their grandmother was a former volunteer president for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

that's the best he can offer? Oh, my. somebody is gonna have to pay for the counselling which is no doubt looming in their future.

10 posted on 02/15/2007 4:02:35 AM PST by ZinGirl
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To: shrinkermd
A homeless guy in Venice Beach with a nice online profile? I'll bet you a shiny nickel that he's a hardcore weightlifter type. Believe it or not, there's a strain of homeless people that are that demographic. They spend what little money they have on gym memberships and "nutritional supplements", over the counter and otherwise. I'm sure he has a nice car, cleans up well, and is unfathomably narcissitic. He's also only marginally functional in the real world, and can't hold down a job more complicated than sperm donor.

Although in his case, he seems to have found his niche.

11 posted on 02/15/2007 4:13:52 AM PST by Steel Wolf (As Ibn Warraq said, "There are moderate Muslims but there is no moderate Islam.")
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To: fieldmarshaldj
Years ago, the Lampoon had an article on "Saints who should have been", including this nominee, who could be adapted to such a cause.
12 posted on 02/15/2007 4:19:04 AM PST by Gorzaloon (Global Warming: A New Kind Of Scientology for the Rest Of Us.)
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To: shrinkermd
50? I guess he's just too old to whack it now.
13 posted on 02/15/2007 4:25:07 AM PST by Jaxter ("Vivit Post Funera Virtus")
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To: shrinkermd
...interests in philosophy, music and drama.

Sits around and thinks, listens to music on the radio, and watches old movies. (who knows what kind!)

Do the birth certificates say "donor #15"? What happens if two of his offspring, (from the sound of the article there could be a lot of them), fall in love and don't find out they're half siblings until they go in for their marriage license?

14 posted on 02/15/2007 4:31:14 AM PST by stayathomemom
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To: shrinkermd

What a jerker.


15 posted on 02/15/2007 4:33:19 AM PST by zarf (Her hair was of a dank yellow, and fell over her temples like sauerkraut......)
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To: Steel Wolf
can't hold down a job more complicated than sperm donor.

Frankly, if you got it, why would you want another gig?

16 posted on 02/15/2007 4:34:47 AM PST by zarf (Her hair was of a dank yellow, and fell over her temples like sauerkraut......)
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To: shrinkermd

Reminds me of a tornado down South... Somebody is about to lose a trailer!


17 posted on 02/15/2007 4:39:49 AM PST by bondjamesbond (Washington D.C. exists to prove the proposition that no amount of money will ever be enough money.)
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To: Steel Wolf

There's a picture of him at the link. He's no weightlifter, just a sort of aging hippie who looks like he's seen some hard days. The daughter is very cute though. It takes all kinds, and he doesn't seem like a violent or bad person, at least from what we're given in the story.

But, if I had gotten paid $400/wank in my 20's I'd be a millionaire.


18 posted on 02/15/2007 4:41:29 AM PST by babble-on
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To: shrinkermd

Here's a picture of him and his daughter from the article.

19 posted on 02/15/2007 4:42:37 AM PST by SIDENET (No votes for RINOs.)
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To: zarf
I'm by no means player-hating. (Although I'm not entirely sure that term qualifies here) He's should really be awarded some kind of Bill Clinton commemorative "Close, but No Cigar" award for sexual prowress.
20 posted on 02/15/2007 4:42:47 AM PST by Steel Wolf (As Ibn Warraq said, "There are moderate Muslims but there is no moderate Islam.")
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To: shrinkermd

The American Dream. A man, his faithful dogs, and an empty vial, just waiting to be flled.


21 posted on 02/15/2007 4:44:40 AM PST by toddlintown (Six bullets and Lennon goes down. Yet not one hit Yoko. Discuss.)
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To: toddlintown

flled = filled


22 posted on 02/15/2007 4:45:15 AM PST by toddlintown (Six bullets and Lennon goes down. Yet not one hit Yoko. Discuss.)
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To: babble-on
Oh.

Well, I don't know what to say. In light of seeing this picture, with the knowledge that he's one of the most popular sperm donors around, I retract my earlier comments, and submit this as a replacement:

"Women are freakin' crazy".

23 posted on 02/15/2007 4:46:32 AM PST by Steel Wolf (As Ibn Warraq said, "There are moderate Muslims but there is no moderate Islam.")
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To: Steel Wolf

LOL


24 posted on 02/15/2007 4:47:07 AM PST by babble-on
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To: babble-on
> ... if I had gotten paid $400/wank in my 20's I'd be a millionaire.

Actually it was wanking twice weekly for $400/month. So it was more like $50/wank.

Still a millionaire? (Yeah, I'd be, too...)

25 posted on 02/15/2007 4:49:22 AM PST by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: shrinkermd

Why do I have to make a serious comment, but this points up the obvious dangers of conception by sperm donor rather than selecting a real person you can vouch for. There just might be some elements of intelligence, fortitude and usefullness that are hereditary and go beyond "6 feet tall, blue eyes".


26 posted on 02/15/2007 5:00:53 AM PST by Williams
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To: Steel Wolf

LOL!


27 posted on 02/15/2007 5:05:50 AM PST by proud American in Canada ("We can, and we will prevail.")
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To: Williams; shrinkermd
> Why do I have to make a serious comment, but this points up the obvious dangers of conception by sperm donor rather than selecting a real person you can vouch for. There just might be some elements of intelligence, fortitude and usefullness that are hereditary and go beyond "6 feet tall, blue eyes".

I agree.

OTOH, it sounds like this fellow is thoughtful, kind to animals, and probably pretty laid back (not greedy or violent). Intelligence, who knows? Fortitude (I assume you mean physical, if you're concerned about genetically-passed traits), who knows?

Usefulness isn't genetic, far as I can tell -- ask any parent of a teenager...

28 posted on 02/15/2007 5:10:40 AM PST by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: SIDENET
Superficial Resemblance Sarcasm TorpedoTM ARMED. FIRE!!


29 posted on 02/15/2007 5:25:26 AM PST by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: shrinkermd
...Once one of the sperm bank's most-requested donors, with a profile that described him as 6 foot and blue-eyed with interests in philosophy, music and drama, Mr. Harrison, 50, lives with his four dogs in a recreational vehicle near the Venice section of Los Angeles.

I have to admit, this guy is an inspiration. I have pretty much given up on dating, having spent most of my time building a career and taking care of ageing parents. I don't live in my SUV, so I think that should mean I could be in demand. I'm not even 50. I even work out in a gym -- sometimes. I am even interested in philosophy and music. However, I am not interested in drama. In fact, I avoid drama like the plague. That is probably the main reason I am still single. Part of the problem when you seek stability is that then not much happens.

30 posted on 02/15/2007 5:44:51 AM PST by Wilhelm Tell (True or False? This is not a tag line.)
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To: SIDENET

His hand seems fixed in position ...


31 posted on 02/15/2007 5:47:18 AM PST by 68 grunt (3/1 India, 3rd, 68-69, 0311)
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To: grey_whiskers

He really dose resemble the alien Colmes. Actually I would expect to see this guy's picture in a story about Aids.

Is he homosexual? He sure resembles it.

I think most of his kis would be better off if they didnt meet him. Oh well: This one said she enjoyed talking to his dogs,so I guess the trip wasnt totally wasted.


32 posted on 02/15/2007 5:48:01 AM PST by sgtbono2002 (I will forgive Jane Fonda, when the Jews forgive Hitler.)
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To: shrinkermd
who made $400 a month donating sperm under that number twice-weekly during the late 1980s.

What!!

I'm suing my urologist for reparations. He never informed me before my vasectomy.

Let's see, $400x12x30=.....

33 posted on 02/15/2007 5:52:27 AM PST by Vinnie (You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Jihads You)
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To: shrinkermd

Ladies, why settle for the bottled when you can have the draft?


34 posted on 02/15/2007 6:32:34 AM PST by Loyalist (Social justice isn't; social studies aren't; social work doesn't.)
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To: Steel Wolf

I don't think you get to view a mugshot book to pick and choose.

He probably didn't look as scary 30 years ago.


35 posted on 02/15/2007 6:35:58 AM PST by listenhillary (You can lead a man to reason, but you can't make him think)
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To: grey_whiskers

LOL!


36 posted on 02/15/2007 6:36:44 AM PST by listenhillary (You can lead a man to reason, but you can't make him think)
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To: Liberty Valance

ROFLMAO!!!!!!

Maybe he can fix up a bedroom in the dinette for his daughters to visit.


37 posted on 02/15/2007 6:38:08 AM PST by silverleaf (Fasten your seat belts- it's going to be a BUMPY ride.)
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To: shrinkermd; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; SandyInSeattle; Darksheare; OSHA; ...
On the bright side, no-one is going to be going after Sperm Donor Dude for child support.


38 posted on 02/15/2007 7:09:25 AM PST by Slings and Arrows ("Facts are a Zionist plot!" --MarkL)
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To: Williams
....but this points up the obvious dangers of conception by sperm donor rather than selecting a real person you can vouch for. There just might be some elements of intelligence, fortitude and usefullness that are hereditary and go beyond "6 feet tall, blue eyes".

When I was in medical school, several classmates including my roommate, earned extra money each month by being sperm donors at the medical center sperm bank. It seems that "medical student" was a line on the donor profile that prospective mothers drooled over.

So, with a profile of "6 feet 2 1/2 inches, blue eyes, medical student", I guess I could have been the father to quite a few 20-somethings by now.

However, I could never bring myself to donate because having kids somewhere out there and never being able to see them or know them would have bothered me too much.

Now, on a less serious note...............

There was a 75 year old man that had lived a very happy life with his wife except for the fact that he was childless as his wife was infertile.

One day, after reading an article on sperm donors, his wife saw a sad look on his face and asked him what was the matter. He confessed that he wished he had donated sperm while he was younger to pass on his father's genes that would now die as he was an only child.

His wife, being very understanding, told him that is was never too late to donate and pointed out that Strom Thurman was going strong at his age. So, with a big smile, it was off to the Sperm Bank.

At the Sperm Bank, his Ph.D. in aerospace engineering and his 160 I.Q. more than offset his advanced age on his profile. The nurse then gave him his specimen cup, his Playboy magazine and pointed him to the bathroom.

Soon after he entered, there came the sounds of grunts and groans and Oooooh's and Aaaaaahhh's. The nurse was blushing a little by now.

After a while, he comes out and asks the nurse of his wife can go in to help him. Turning redder, the nurse agrees.

Soon after they both go in, it gets even worse. The groaning, the grunting, the OOOOOOHHHHH's, the AAARRRRGGGGHHHH's.

"Get a firmer grip. Harder. Harder!!"

"I'm trying as hard as I can!"

"Try your mouth!"

"My mouth?!?"

"Yes, your mouth! Use your mouth!!"

"Oh, my!! There go my dentures!!"

The sounds die down as the nurse gets redder and redder.

The defeated couple comes out of the bathroom.

The man tells the nurse, "I'm so sorry. We just couldn't do it. We tried everything. I tried to do it by hand. She tried to do it by hand. She even tried using her mouth and then she lost her dentures and then she ....."

"That's O.K., Mr. Wilson! That's O.K. !! I get the picture!", said the nurse who was now beet red with embarrassment.

"I'm so sorry. I'm so sorry. We just couldn't do it."

"Could you help me, Nurse?"

"WHAT?!?!?"

"You want ME to help you?!?!?"

"Well, yes, I was embarrassed to ask you before but donating is so important to me. Please!!"

"Could you please help me get the lid off of the specimen cup?"

39 posted on 02/15/2007 7:10:52 AM PST by Polybius
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To: SIDENET

He's got that "Tall Man" look from the Phantasm movie..


40 posted on 02/15/2007 7:12:21 AM PST by Darksheare (She had the face of a trucker. She used it as a purse.)
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To: 68 grunt

LOL! I was noticing that. And it seems oddly muscular.


41 posted on 02/15/2007 7:16:06 AM PST by rabidralph
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To: shrinkermd

Huh? -- "I got to talk to his dogs."


42 posted on 02/15/2007 7:18:50 AM PST by getmeouttaPalmBeachCounty_FL ( **Hunter-Tancredo-Weldon-Hayworth 4 President**)
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To: 68 grunt

On closer inspection, it almost looks like his hand is burned and he's missing his fingers at the last knuckle.


43 posted on 02/15/2007 7:18:53 AM PST by rabidralph
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To: rabidralph
On closer inspection, it almost looks like his hand is burned and he's missing his fingers at the last knuckle.

Which answers the age old question, "Do you smoke after sex?"

44 posted on 02/15/2007 7:21:17 AM PST by johniegrad
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To: shrinkermd

Still, he was able to turn his hobby into a career.


45 posted on 02/15/2007 7:21:49 AM PST by MediaMole (9/11 - We have already forgotten.)
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To: MediaMole
"Still, he was able to turn his hobby into a career."

From the look of his left hand, he may be able to file for worker's comp for job induced carpal tunnel.


46 posted on 02/15/2007 7:25:16 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Voted Free Republic's Most Eligible Bachelor: 2006. Love them Diebold machines.)
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To: shrinkermd

The prodigal son (father?) has been with us forever, more often freeborn into wealth or position than not.


47 posted on 02/15/2007 7:28:37 AM PST by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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To: shrinkermd

LOL!!!

Serves them right!


48 posted on 02/15/2007 7:30:28 AM PST by ryan71 (You can hear it on the coconut telegraph...)
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To: Ditter

Venice (California) is a man-made canal area, an immigrant's dream; look up the history, it's rather fascinating.


49 posted on 02/15/2007 7:30:34 AM PST by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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To: shrinkermd


Is he blind?


50 posted on 02/15/2007 7:45:00 AM PST by kalee (No burka for me....EVER!)
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