If there was a more touching interview on public radio this week than the one this morning with Michael J. Fox on Weekend Edition, I’m certainly not aware of it. Fox, as you probably know, has Parkinson’s Disease. Part way through the interview, he struggled to finish his sentences, recovering near the end, and using the moment to teach us a little more about the disease. By the end, it was fairly clear that host Scott Simon was , if not near tears, was at least awestruck.
Listen to how much wisdom can be crammed into 10 minutes. You won’t regret the time spent.
“The eloquence of the words, and the halting of the speech, created such a contrast and complement all at once. Each completed the other to make the interview whole. The starling contrast awoke me. The humility and wisdom moved me. I was listening while driving, and had to pull over,” a listener remarked on the NPR Web site.
That makes two of us.