Since being diagnosed in 1991 with Parkinson's disease, actor and activist Michael J. Fox (Family Ties, Spin City, the Back to the Future films) has raised millions through his foundation to seek a cure for the disease. The stem cell research advocate has a new book, Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist, and on Thursday will host an ABC special, Michael J. Fox: Adventures of an Incurable Optimist. We caught up with him in Tampa at the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am.
What's on your nightstand?
The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga. Also Netherland by Joseph O'Neill. Next in line is Doris Kearns Goodwin, Team of Rivals. I ask my smart friends what they're reading, or something I'm reading triggers interest in a topic. Like I read The Janissary Tree (by Jason Goodwin); it made me want to know more about the Ottoman Empire.
I'm pretty sure you're an Obama fan?
I'm apolitical, but I'm happy about Obama. He's a hope guy.
Amy Scherzer, Times staff writer