06/15/2012 03:55 pm ET Updated May 15, 2013

'Trust Me On This': Salon Asks Famous Dads What They Want To Pass Down To Their Kids

"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.

"Trust Me On This"