"What if [fathers] could only pass down one thing -- one book, movie, album or work of culture -- for their sons or daughters to treasure the same way they do?"

Editors at Salon have brought this question to a group of distinguished dads, including writer Christopher Buckley, pilot Chesley Sullenberger, New York Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey and restaurateur Joe Bastianich, in time for Father's Day. Choices so far range from "Star Wars" to "A Christmas Carol," The Beatles to "Moby-Dick" -- and of course, every dad has a highly personal explanation for his choice.

Each essay in the series is excerpted in the slideshow below. Click over to Salon to read the entire series, -- and let us know what you'd pass on to your kids in the comments below.

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  • "Star Wars"

    <br>Chosen by New York Mets starting pitcher R.A. Dickey. <a href="http://www.salon.com/2012/05/24/trust_me_on_this_star_wars/singleton/" target="_hplink">Read the full essay here.</a></br> <br>"['Star Wars' encapsulates] a lot of what I want to teach my children -- people make mistakes, and they can ultimately be redeemed, even if those mistakes seem egregious, you know, in Darth Vader's case. That there is a choice to be made between what side you choose in life."</br> <br>Photo credit: AP</br>

  • David Bowie's "Hunky Dory"

    <br>Chosen by Rhett Miller, lead singer of the Old 97s. <a href="http://www.salon.com/2012/05/24/trust_me_on_this_david_bowies_hunky_dory/singleton/" target="_hplink">Read the full essay here.</a></br> <br>"Listen, kids: I want you to hear 'Hunky Dory' because I think you will love it. Like I said, it's a perfect record, and how often do those come along? But the real reason I want you to listen to "Hunky Dory" is because, in its 11 tracks, you will find the clues that will lead you to an understanding of me, your dad. You'll see signposts pointing the way to the path I chose in life."</br> <br>Photo credit: Alamy</br>

  • The Beatles' "Let It Be"

    <br>Chosen by author Rick Moody. <a href="http://www.salon.com/2012/05/29/trust_me_on_this_the_beatles_let_it_be/singleton/" target="_hplink">Read the full essay here.</a></br> <br>"I played the song for [my daughter] while I was making her a sandwich. It's really unusual for a 3-year-old to stop moving, unless she's asleep, and my daughter was not asleep. But she was pretty still. She was transported by the song."</br> <br>Photo credit: Alamy</br>

  • Wine

    <br>Chosen by restaurateur Joe Bastianich. <a href="http://www.salon.com/2012/06/01/trust_me_on_this_wine/singleton/" target="_hplink">Read the full essay here.</a></br> <br>"I have two boys, one 11 and one 13, and a daughter who's 15. And they spend their summers at the winery in Italy. ... I don't want to shove anything down anyone's throats, but I hope at least one them becomes passionate about it and wants to be involved in it."</br> <br>Photo credit: Alamy</br>

  • "A Christmas Carol"

    <br>Chosen by Captain Chesley Sullenberger. <a href="http://www.salon.com/2012/06/05/trust_me_on_this_dickens/singleton/" target="_hplink">Read the full essay here.</a></br> <br>"When our daughters were little, I liked to have us watch [the Disney movie version of] the Dickens story 'A Christmas Carol.' It's about discovering empathy and achieving redemption. ... I think that they do have a sense of empathy, of connectedness, an obligation to society and to others."</br> <br>Photo credit: Alamy</br>

  • "Abbey Road"

    <br>Chosen by actor, writer and director Chris Eigeman. <a href="http://www.salon.com/2012/06/08/trust_me_on_this_abbey_road/singleton/" target="_hplink">Read the full essay here.</a></br> <br>"'Abbey Road' has become my 4-year-old's Rosetta Stone. ... He listens to it as he falls asleep. He listens to it when he's trying to figure out his socks. He quietly sings it to himself when he thinks no one is listening. He can't figure out why we don't want to listen to it in perpetuity in the car."</br> <br>Photo credit: Alamy</br>

  • Vinyl records

    <br>Chosen by Adam Mansbach, author of "Go The F*ck To Sleep."<a href="http://www.salon.com/2012/06/13/down_with_fascist_ipods/singleton/" target="_hplink"> Read the full essay here.</a></br> <br>"Vinyl is never new, always used; how and by whom and to what end, we'll never know. It turns us into archaeologists, historians, mystics; we attempt to date it, divine its worth, anticipate its content. To spend extravagantly on a rare treasure is honorable."</br> <br>Photo credit: Alamy</br>

  • "Moby-Dick"

    <br>Chosen by Christopher Buckley. <a href="http://www.salon.com/2012/06/14/call_me_the_greatest_american_novel/singleton/" target="_hplink">Read the full essay here.</a></br> <br>"From the opening line, the aforementioned 'Call me Ishmael,' to the novel's last line, 'Then all collapsed, and the great shroud of the sea rolled on as it did five thousand years ago,' 'Moby-Dick' contains within it the most soul-stirring lines in American literature. ... What is beyond dispute is that its author swung for the fence, went for the Big One, risked everything to put his genius and all his art on the altar."</br> <br>Photo credit: Alamy</br>

  • Taste

    <br>Chosen by Matthew Specktor. <a href="http://www.salon.com/2012/06/12/my_daughter_has_awful_taste/singleton/" target="_hplink">Read the full essay here.</a></br> <br>" I've watched "Yellow Submarine" with you, and "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid." I've read "The Little Prince" and "The Phantom Tollbooth" and D'Aulaire's "Book of Greek Mythology" (which I was gutted to see you had no interest in at all). I've played Can and Iggy Pop and "Heart of Glass" and Sly Stone until I'm blue in the face. ... I've <em>tried</em>. And though you've been indifferent to almost all of them ... I simply can't bring myself to think it matters what you love or don't love, or rather, can't imagine my own love for you being inflected by what you do."</br> <br>Photo credit: Alamy</br>