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Stanley Pearson


Nicky was born on October 18th, 1948 at 11:58 pm, weighing 7.2lbs. On the day of his birth, Stanley tells his son, Jack, that it is an older brother's only duty to look after and protect his younger brother. Jack takes this to heart, taking it on himself to protect his brother throughout their childhood as their father turns to alcoholism and becomes abusive to the family.

Stanley slicing ice cream like it’s cake. It’s one of the few childhood memories involving Stanley that the Pearson brothers can look back on fondly.

In 1969, shortly before Nicky gets drafted, he's living with his parents. Things with Stanley seem decent, but signs of his cruelty still emerge as the family gathers to watch the moon landing.

One night, Nicky's girlfriend (Sally) asks Nick to leave town with her for a music festival (Woodstock) and then California. Nick hesitantly agrees, but the night of his intended departure, Nick's resolve appears to fade after a warm exchange with his father and after he observes his parents embracing. Nick leaves Sally in the lurch. One Small Step ...

After 1972 Jack moves his mother out of their house as his father’s abuse gets worse.

1980 Jacks ask money from Stanley, but he lies about his reasons. He tells Stanley that he has gambling debts. He doesnt tell that he wants a house in which the family of five will fit.

August 31, 1980: Jack Pearson’s 36th birthday and Rebecca goes into labor. Jack calls Stanley and he asks what did Stanley pray in the church when he was little. Stanley answers that he prayed for his sons to be better than him.

1988 Stanley dies. It happens while Jack is off on a camping trip with the boys. Rebecca and Kate head to the nursing home, where Rebecca meets her father-in-law, Stanley, for the first time. They reach Jack before Stanley passes, but he wants nothing to do with his dad. Rebecca has to tell Stanley that Jack isn’t coming — she also mentions that Jack is a great father, despite what Stanley did to him.