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Then, in 1995, his horse balked at a 3-foot-3-inch racecourse fence, made an abrupt "dirty stop," Reeve's hands got tangled in the reins, he landed on his head and got a "hangman's injury"--a broken neck. Ace paramedics got oxygen to him 60 seconds before brain damage set in, and a helicopter named Pegasus lofted him to a hospital.
Reeve was already important. His interpretation of Superman was classic, and his starring role in The Bostonians launched the Merchant/Ivory school of filmmaking. But it was not until his paralysis that Reeve really got moving as a public figure of the first rank. As his memoir Still Me details, since the accident, Reeve has directed his first film, started the Christopher Reeve Foundation to fund spinal-cord-repair research, lobbied Congress, and crisscrossed the country on speaking engagements.
Says Reeve, "Lindbergh made it across the Atlantic [where he was feted by Reeve's grandma]; Houdini got out of those straitjackets; with enough money and grass-roots support, why shouldn't I be able to get out of this wheelchair?" Part Hollywood reminiscence, part scientific detective story, and part soapbox speech, Still Me explains the tantalizing but quite real possiblity that Reeve (and a quarter-million other paralyzed people, plus 49 million disabled Americans) may get back on their feet. Bobby Kennedy once tried to bolster Reeve's faith by saying, "Just fake it till you make it. The prayers will seem phony, but one day they'll become real." Christopher Reeve has more than a prayer, he has a program. He ain't fake, and he just might make it, leading a cast of millions. --Tim Appelo --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
My family experienced a similar shock when my uncle was injured and was classified as a quad. I have so much respect for all spinal cord injury patients and especially those, like... Read morePublished 29 days ago by Nina
Another courageous example from CR.
Again, he was a wonderful author, and it's too bad he passed away so young. I was loving his books!
Half of the book was off its binder and pages were missing. Read it and threw it away. It was a messPublished 4 months ago by Laurie T
Most people probably know of the story of Christopher Reeve and his accident that left him in a wheelchair. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Ariana Browning
I read this book a few years ago but since my brain injury cudnt remember some things so decided to read it again and loved it even more now that Iam handicapped. Read morePublished 6 months ago by elizabeth dixon
The message is wonderful and I found nothing wrong with the item. The reason for the low rating is that it's a sad story about an amazing man.Published 7 months ago by Murphy S. Maclean
Found out about this book and had to read it. Library didn't have it but I had to. What a great read. Keep tissues nearby though. Read morePublished 12 months ago by rtzoomzoom