Tina Fey’s father, Donald Fey, died on Oct. 18 at the age of 82.
“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,” Tina said in an interview with Philly.com.
Donald spent 30 years as a writer in addition to his time as a firefighter and Army analyst. According to Philly.com, $500 million was raised for “schools, hospitals, and public-service agencies” with his help as a copywriter.
“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.),” Tina said. “He read poetry and history and newspapers. He was an informed patriot. The Republican Party should have tried to clone him.”
In the 2011 book Bossypants, Tina wrote about her father, his place in what she called the “Silent Generation,” and how he reacted when her face was cut as a child.
“They are different from their children. They cannot be ‘marketed to.’ They don’t feel ‘loyalty’ to Barnes and Noble over Borders. If you told Don Fey that you never to go Burger King, only McDonald’s, because you ‘grew up with the Hamburglar,’ he would look at you like you were a moron,” she wrote. “When my face was slashed, my dad held me on his lap in the car to the hospital, applying direct pressure with the swift calm of a veteran and ex-fireman. I looked up and asked him, ‘Am I going to die?’ ‘Don’t speak,’ he said. So, yeah, he’s not the kind of guy who wants to watch people eat bugs on Survivor. It’s so clear to me how those two things are related.”
More on Donald Fey can be found here.