Gosh, does Bill Plaschke’s column on Mark and Aiden Cullen [”The pride and the pain,” March 9] sound like a screenplay waiting to happen? Screenwriter father cruelly exploits son to compensate for his failures as an athlete. Son breaks down physically, father realizes he’s been a schmuck. Cue swelling music and the moment they both learn and grow. Cut to son opening acceptance letter to art school. Roll credits.
Bill Plaschke’s piece should serve as a warning to other overbearing, ego-driven dads. But Plaschke’s softball approach glossed over some relevant questions.
How sincere are the father’s repetitive mea culpas, which sound...