We know our parents, as parents, and forget sometimes that they were children and young men/women with hopes and dreams... Luckily for Anderson, his father was a writer and provided Anderson with some information/insights through his writing.
Anderson's father, Wyatt, wrote about his family in his book Families: A Memoir and A Celebration. He wrote not only about growing in Mississippi, but also about his children. Perhaps he was Anderson's inspiration for telling people's stories, giving a voice to those who so often don't have one.... "At my house, the boys watch Walter Cronkite with us every night, and we talk about the rights and wrongs of we see and hear. I don't think it has ever occurred to either of them that their opinions are not being taken into consideration, and I hope that they never begin to assume such a thing."
And from a letter Anderson's dad wrote to him shortly before his death, (which he shared with Larry King one night) "We must go rejoicing in the blessings of this world; chief of which is the mystery, the magic, the majesty and the miracle which is life." Perhaps some of his inspiration for 'Anderson'?
Anderson tweeted about today's "Ask Anderson" video and asked how viewers would reply to the same question ~