As he was approaching 40, Bryan Echols realized he was almost half his father's age, and he became curious about the man who raised him.
"What were you like at 40?" Bryan asked his 80-year-old father, Lindberg Echols, at StoryCorps in Chicago.
"Well, I had seven kids," said Lindberg, who worked at a ceramics factory in Gilberts, Ill., to support his family, which included Bryan and his six siblings, plus two daughters from a different marriage. "And I guess I was pretty tough on the boys," he said.
"It was a relationship that got better," Bryan said.