Byline: Rusty Williamson

DALLAS — “It’s been so much fun being a father, I think we should start over, Rita,” quipped Burt Tansky to his wife at last week’s Father of the Year Awards.
Tansky, chairman and chief executive officer of Neiman Marcus, was among a trio of businessmen honored at the annual luncheon, which raises money for local children’s charities.
The event, held May 21 at the International Apparel Mart here, raised about $310,000.
Tansky and his wife have two children, Hyla, a 33-year-old advertising executive who lives in New Jersey, and Michael, 37, a U.S. government employee who lives in Virginia.
Neither of Tansky’s children attended the luncheon, but Tansky provided the next best thing: wallet photos, shown on a slide projector. It was a picture of Tansky’s three-year-old granddaughter, Emily, that stole the show.
“If I had known how wonderful it is to be a grandpa, I would have had the grandchildren first,” he said.
Tansky was introduced at the party by Stanley Marcus, chairman emeritus of Neiman Marcus. Marcus rattled off Tansky’s retail pedigree, including executive positions at Filene’s, I. Magnin, Saks Fifth Avenue and Bergdorf Goodman.
“You made me sound like I can’t hold a job,” Tansky said.
Others honored at the luncheon were Henry C. Beck Jr., chairman of the Henry C. Beck Co., and Erle Nye, chairman and ceo of Texas Utilities.
A record crowd of 1,600 turned out for the party, which organizers attributed to the Neiman Marcus connection.
Among the fashion crowd in attendance were executives of Escada, Bottega Veneta, Giorgio Armani, Gucci and Bobbie Brown.

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