Sparky (died c. 1976) was the nickname of Dorothy's late husband (Kate's father). ALF pretends to contact him in a seance, and uses a tape recorder to elicit responses. His voice sounds similar to that of Teddy Ruxpin. Sparky's favorite food was French toast with gravy. Sparky often left the 7 when bowling. His pet name for Dorothy was "Dodo". Sparky is also the name of a hamster that Willie bought as a pet for ALF and immediately returned to the store when ALF began sniffing him hungrily.