"The highlight of the weekend — Digger was our keynote speaker and he was thoughtful, heartfelt and hilarious. There were a few moist eyes in the room, and the standing ovation at the end sounded like a home football game."
Sr. Director of Alumni programs, University of Notre Dame
One Father's Story of Autism, Adoption and Acceptance
Pointing Is Rude
By Digger O'Brien
In his brave debut memoir, Pointing Is Rude, Five-time Emmy Award-winning television producer Digger O'Brien gets to the heart of being a dad. When his son Frederick was diagnosed with Autism, Digger embarked on an exhausting, emotional, and often comical journey to find a cure, visiting several prestigious hospitals and a long list of specialists--including one who referred to himself as "The Poop Whisperer."
Digger's poignant and occasionally outrageous adventures hit multiple dead ends before taking off in a surprising new direction with the adoption of an infant boy from Ethiopia. Pointing Is Rude chronicles how one person beat back despair and, in doing so, opened up endless possibilities. It's a book that will make you laugh and cry, often on the same page.
Author of "Pointing Is Rude"
Based on his interpretation of the math, Digger O’Brien was born the middle of four children, which allows him to use “middle-child” syndrome as one of his many excuses. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame, was a volunteer teacher at Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx, and has won 5 Emmy Awards as a Writer, Producer and Director for NFL Films.
He and his wife Bernadette rarely find time to watch TV after putting the kids to bed but, when they do, it’s the social highlight of their week.