Billy Crystal

[My mother] is the greatest hero I’ll ever know because she kept us all together, she made sure we all graduated college. She always believed in us no matter what we do. My older brother Joel became an art teacher; my brother Rip ultimately became a television producer and singer and actor himself.

I never stopped believing in us and I never felt like I was wanting for anything, except for my father, and that was not going to be. I describe in the book [that] I don’t think I ever felt young again in that way. I never felt I had my 15, 16, 17 kind of years the way I maybe should have. It’s a huge dent in you that it’s hard to knock out and make it all smooth again.

Those are all real things that I experienced, not with [my daughters] growing up but with the, you know – I’m trying not to step into something and get a call, “Dad why’d you say that?”! But we’d go to games [where score wasn’t kept], and I’d get it, but I wouldn’t get it, because I think there’s a real value in winners and losers, in not everybody getting a trophy – it makes you work hard, you appreciate what it takes, to say, “Why didn’t we win?” You shouldn’t be condemned for losing.