Tina Fey's father Donald died of heart failure on October 18, the day after Tina reunited with her 30 Rock costars on Saturday Night Live. He was 82.
Donald lived in the Philadelphia area, where Tina grew up, and so the Philadelphia Inquirer published an extensive obituary of him over the weekend. The paper went out of their way to acknowledge him not only because his daughter is a famous comedy hero, but because he was a staple of the community, a retired firefighter, fundraising writer, and Korean War veteran. In addition to the perfunctory descriptions of his life and accomplishments, the obituary included some quotes from Tina. As you would expect from any loving daughter, some of what she wrote was very sweet:
He was a great dad and a talented artist and writer, but I also think of him as a Great American - he served his country in Korea, he served his city as a fireman, he took his kids regularly to art museums and historical sites.
And as you would expect from Tina Fey, some of it was very funny:
When he taught me how to play baseball he would say to me, 'If you throw like a girl again, we're going in.' (I took it in the spirit it was intended.) He read poetry and history and newspapers. He was an informed patriot. The Republican Party should have tried to clone him.
Considering that she helped prevent a Republican from being elected president in 2008, she may be right. Would a Republican Party full of cloned Donald Feys have nominated Sarah Palin for vice president? It's doubtful.
It's nice to see Tina showing her sweet side as well as her famous wit in this obituary. Anybody who raised her must have been one hell of a guy.