She is a successful broadcast journalist who has covered traffic, sports and the food scene in Chicago for years. Despite her success, Jenniffer Weigel says she struggled for years wondering whether her father was proud of her. Jenniffer talks with Jean about her attempt to contact her deceased father—himself alegendary sportscaster—and about her book Stay Tuned: Conversations with Dad from the Other Side.
Jenniffer's father Tim passed away in 2001. She says she felt emptiness in her life, stemming from an uncertainty as to whether or not her father was happy with her life choices. "I felt this void because he didn't tell me that he was proud if me," Jenniffer says. To search for answers, Jenniffer began a journey of research and interviews. "I went on this literal quest of interviewing every medium and psychic who wrote a book that claimed that they could talk to dead people," she says.
One day, after all her research was completed and her book was about to go to print, Jenniffer says she found the answer she was looking for. "I was going through some clutter in my office and this handwritten letter fell down that my dad wrote to me when I was 14 years old, telling me how proud he was of me," she says. "I couldn't believe it because this whole book was a quest of 'Are you proud of me? Do you like me?' and then I find this letter which answered all of these questions for me." Jenniffer called her publisher immediately and had her dad's letter added to the book.
Jenniffer says she learned a lot in the process and feels satisfied with her accomplishments. She says she connects with her father regularly now, using his presence to guide her through decisions in her life. "I talk to him all the time," she says. "I trust my instincts so much more, and I wait for things to come to me instead of feeling like I need to knock down every door to make it happen."
Published on January 01, 2008