On the final page of Bob Saget’s bittersweet 2014 memoir, “Dirty Daddy,” an author’s note reads, “As I was writing this book over the past year a half, I began noticing that some of the events and themes described within … were coming true once again … As the book went to press, I lost my loving mother at the age of eighty-nine. A beloved wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, and friend, she touched countless lives through the generations and will always be remembered. This is for you, Mom.”
Shortly after publication, Saget suffered another loss, after his friend, the beloved comedian Robin Williams, was found dead at the age of 63. “I took his loss very hard. I met him when I was 21, and he is mentioned throughout the book. How he left us is obviously not how I will remember him,” Saget told Culturated. But just as Saget always turned to comedy as a way of dealing with loss, the death of Williams also gave him a new sense of perspective and motivation to pursue his craft and to make the most of the time he had left.
“I think what’s happened for me is that I really do have to -– to steal one of Robin’s movie quotes -– ‘seize the day,’ which is more true now than ever. I can’t waste time on things I used to as a younger man, just going crazy about things that I had no control over. It’s time to really enjoy my work and my craft, and just go out and do it well.”