Annotated Biblography

It’s weird to think that this is my last blog post for Eminent 2014. It really was quite the experience. So here is my biblography of all the sources I used for my study.

First we have my main source which was “Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist” Michael J Fox’s book. I got a lot of information for my speech in this book, as I wanted to target his optimism.

Here’s a link to his book.

My next source of information, along with a few of the pictures I used in my blog posts, is the Michael J Fox Foundation website. The site was super helpful and informational, and was about as reliable as it gets.

The Michael J Fox Foundation 

Next is the Wikipedia article on Michael where I gathered a lot of the information about his early life and past.

Here’s a link to the Wikipedia page. 

I also used a Wikipedia page on for information on  Parkinson’s there’s a link to the page below.

Parkinson’s Wikipedia.

I got most of my pictures from Google Images. I’ve listed a few of the links.

Michael J Fox Foundation Logo.

Michael Speaking at a press conference in 2013.

Michael and his wife Tracy Pollan. 

One of Michael’s acting head-shots.

That’s pretty much it. I didn’t actually use that many sources as I really wanted to focus my study on what was written in his book, but the other sources I used were very helpful and credible.

Night of Notables Reflection

It’s the night before The Night of the Notables, and I’m putting the finishing touches on the learning center I was planning to have done at the beginning of the week, when it hits me. Within a couple of minutes the headache is so bad that any noise prompts a pounding in my head, and my throat feels like as though I’ve swallowed razor blades.  I’m deliriously gluing on that last things onto my learning center before dragging myself upstairs and passing out in bed fully clothed. All I’m thinking is ‘Really, of all the days to get sick, it has to be today.’

After a terrible sleep  wake up with the same splitting headache and an even worse throat. Today’s the big day, what am I supposed to do when I can barely get out of bed. My mom and I decide it’s best that I rest, so I end up missing the first half of the day. After a long shower, a small meal, and a bunch of Advil I’m ready to tackle the day. When I arrive at school I feel better. My pills have kicked in, and the madness in the TALONS room seems to energize me.


After setup, dinner, speeches, learning centers, cleanup and finishing circle I’m exhausted and glad that I can head home and get some rest.  However, I can’t believe that Eminent is over, well there is still a NoTN reflection, biblography, and self-eval to do. It’s kind of weird though, I don’t really want it to end.

As for my learning center itself I chose to recreate Michael J Fox’s big break, ‘Family Ties’  the sitcom that put Michael on the map. I chose to recreate the living room set, where most o the scenes were filmed. IMG_6305
I then added a timeline of Michael’s life and accomplishments that was spread in order around the set. Also I added an info board that gave some information on Parkinson’s and Michael J Fox.



Here are some more pictures of my learning center:


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Lastly I’d like to thank the teachers, my family, classmates, and friends for all the help. Also a big thanks to Norm Kerfoot, my interviewee, who was able to get my in contact with Michael J Fox. Without all these people my eminent experience this year wouldn’t have been the same.

Document of Learning

So, for my document of learning I’ve chosen to share the first hand answers I received from my eminent person Michael J Fox. As I mentioned in one of my earlier posts, I was able to send and email with some questions to Michael’s assistant. She then forwarded the questions to Michael and he answered them. So yeah, a super big thank you  to Norm Kerfoot (my interviewee) who set this all up for me.  So here are the answers Michael gave me.

  1. Throughout the challenges you’ve faced, what did you do to stay positive?

I meet every day knowing that I have a choice to get out of bed, put one foot in front of the other and meet the challenges of that day, not replay the struggles of yesterday or anticipate the problems of tomorrow but just get up and kick butt.

  1. What was the biggest factor that affected your decision to leave “Spin City?”

I had taken on the new challenge of the Foundation and I wanted to give everything I could to that while at the same time spending as much time as I could with my growing family.  Also, the hours that it takes to make a television show were at that time especially grueling so it just made sense to step away for a while.

  1. What is your biggest fear?

I don’t think about fear much. If I’m afraid of something, I face it, look at it from every angle, figure out how much space it really takes up in my psyche, by then it’s usually de-fanged and I can deal with it.

  1. What do you think you would have done if you didn’t become an actor?

Probably would have finished high school, gone to a community college and joined the work force.  Yikes.

  1. What do you think are some best ways to keep a positive outlook on everyday life?

I’ll refer you to answer 1.  Choose to be happy.

  1. If you had to choose one word to describe living with Parkinson’s, what do you think it would be?


  1. What piece of advice would you give to a young person trying to follow their dreams?

Every day envision what you are trying to achieve or accomplish.  Affirm to yourself that that’s a reachable goal and be prepared to do the hard work that it takes to be lucky.

I feel that  I met almost all of my goals for the project, which brings a real feeling of accomplishment. Also I feel a lot more confident than I did pre-eminent.  It’s partly because of the speech. However, I think it was the experience of eminent, and making it out in one piece, that really boosted my confidence. I also feel that I improved my public speaking, and my overall people skills. Eminent really got me to interact with my peers through committee work, discussions, and helping others and getting others help.

So now the whole eminent craze is starting to come to an end with only Night of The Notables left, and I think it’s safe to say that I it has been quite the learning experience.