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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future: Twists and Turns and Lessons Learned Hardcover – April 13, 2010
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About the Author
Michael J. Fox began his career as the lovable Alex P. Keaton, the star of the poular sitcom Family Ties. Since then, his career has been a nonstop success story, with blockbuster movies like Back to the Future, The Secret of My Success, Doc Hollywood, and the lead voice in Disney's Atlantis: The Lost Empire. He retired from his award-winning role on Spin City. Michael has won numerous awards, including four Golden Globes, four Emmys, two Screen Actors Guild awards, GQ Man of the Year, and the People's Choice award. He is the author of two books, Lucky Man and Always Looking Up. He actively lobbies for stem cell research around the country and is very visible in raising money for Parkinsons research with the Michael J. Fox Foundation.
Michael J. Fox dropped out of school to pursue acting, but he now has several honorary doctorates. In a book that echoes the addresses he gave when he received those honors, Fox shares anecdotes and lessons from his own life with a self-deprecating, engaging style. His voice is still as youthful as it was when he played Alex P. Keaton. While Fox himself says there's no profound guidance here, grads and others will take the occasional lesson from turning points in his life, such as his last-ditch tryout for "Family Ties" and the mystical trip to Bhutan that temporarily gave him a respite from the symptoms of his Parkinson's disease. J.A.S. © AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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In "Funny Thing...," which reads like an address to graduates, Michael J. Fox reveals a bit about his own life, dropping out of high school not just to further his acting career, but because he was learning disabled and struggling terribly in school, although he's obviously bright as a button. He gives some general advice to graduates, inspirational and thoughtful but general.
Smart release at graduation time, this makes the perfect vehicle for a heartfelt inscription and a nice check for your favorite graduate. I like it a lot.
Also recommended: Lucky Man, Mike's memoir up to his diagnosis of Parkinson's and the beginning of his recovery from alcoholism. For that book, five stars.
There is very little new stuff you haven't read before in this book, in fact there's very little at all (it's just 100 pages). There's an account of the jungle taking over a film set in South East Asia, Fox compares five films to their original (or later written for Arthur C Clarke's 2001 Space Odyssey) novel, but that's pretty much it. Not enough content to warrant paying any money for, but you may want to check out A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future from your local library for the miniscule amount of new stuff that's in here.
Contents: Finally . . . The Beginning; Two Schools; When Am I Ever Gonna Use This Stuff?; Economics; Comparative Literature; Physics; Political Science; Geography; Pay Attention Kid, You Might Learn Something; Victims of Pomp and Circumstance; The Beginning . . . Finally
Right off the bat, Michael J. Fox starts A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Future: Twists and Turns and Lessons Learned with the surprising admission that this book was not written to provide advice. Rather, it is to answer the question "What constitutes an education?" But what answer could Fox, a high school dropout, provide to a graduate? Using his life lessons, as if he were perusing a college course catalog, he stipulates that while he may not be a graduate (he does have his GED and several honorary degrees), he has fulfilled the requirements for graduation from any accredited university. The evidence is overwhelming, touching, hilarious, and correct; Michael J. Fox has an education, however not in the traditional sense.
A recent graduate will benefit greatly from this little tome. A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Future will provide excellent answers to common questions, especially the question that plagues every student: "When Am I Ever Gonna Use This Stuff?" Not so surprising to the parents, the answer may be a revelation to the newly degreed individual. Michael J. Fox's style is casual and conversational, easily accessible. He is able to make a solid connection with the reader and through that, allow you to relate to him, his life, and his experiences. The result is an exceptional book, one that should not be discounted based on its size or length.
Instead of just giving a check or cash to the graduate, enclose it in a copy of this book. A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Future: Twists and Turns and Lessons Learned will last longer and be more useful than money. Highly recommended.
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