Moving emails become internet sensation

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by Rachael Comer

A Springbrook farmer has become an overnight internet sensation.
David Thomson, who stars in Subject: Dad, has been surprised by the success of his son’s online video, which was uploaded on Friday. The video had reached 23,000 views when The Courier went to print on Tuesday afternoon.
The video is a warm-hearted look at emails sent to Josh in Auckland and other family members and friends. He sits down with one of his friends, in this case comedian Urzila Carlson, to talk about one of the emails.
David said the emails had been a nice way for him to stay in touch with family and friends after his wife died four years ago.
“I would email them every day to let them know I was all right,” he said.
“I recommend it to anyone who has lost someone. They helped me as it made me do something every day so I could write about it in the email.”
He said the emails had enjoyed a strong following with people asking to join the recipient list, something Josh jokes about in the video.
The emails offer an insight to David’s daily life with the subject line: Dad, and include stories about removing a dead cat from the front of a disabled neighbour’s car and eating cold, cooked broad beans for breakfast.
David said he had been happy to help out his son but wasn’t sure how he would deal with any “celebrity” attention.
“I might have to shave my beard off.
“It’s OK, as Josh always looks like Josh no matter what he does. I could shave my beard off and no-one would know me.”
Josh hopes to secure some funding to keep the project going.
To view video: http://www.facebook.com/subjectdad/