“I finally feel like I have my father.”
Rita Cosby is talking about a big change in her life. She now has “the most amazing, most profound, most deep relationship” with her dad — after decades of “sort of an intermittent relationship” ever since her parents’ divorce when she was nineteen.
Cosby, the former Fox News and MSNBC anchor, details her story in a new book, Quiet Hero: Secrets From My Father’s Past, out today. Writing about her personal life was “strange”, she tells TVNewser, after a professional life spent reporting on others.
But she is proud to tell this tale. “I’ve always wanted to be closer to my father,” explains Cosby, who describes her dad, Richard, as having been distant over the years, “never very good with emotions”.
Cosby never knew why.
The father-daughter relationship began to shift in the fall of 2008. Cosby’s mother had passed away, and as Cosby sorted through her personal effects, she discovered “this old, tan, tattered leather suitcase”. In it was a POW tag, with a prisoner number. And a Polish war armband.
“This was my father’s,” Cosby remembers thinking. She knew her dad had emigrated from Poland after World War II, but the items in the suitcase were a mystery.
“I need to know,” she thought, “what really happened.”