Why Alan Alda’s Parkinson’s battle matters for the rest of us
I was saddened to learn that Alan Alda has Parkinson’s disease. I was also saddened that he felt it was necessary to discuss an issue that many may keep private because, as he said: “I thought, it’s probably only a matter of time before somebody does a story about this from a sad point of view, but that’s not where I am.”
In times of illness and passing, we should consider the theme of his message and concentrate on the positives in life.
Most will know Alda for his acting in M.A.S.H. as a brilliant, troublemaking doctor, although his role in The West Wing as a brilliant potential president is well worth watching. His real brilliance, however, is as a story teller and his contributions to science in this role at the Alan Alda Centre for Communicating Science.
Watch: Alan Alda is not letting disease slow him down
There are many that can tell a story well but few tell stories of importance so well. Science is better off because of him, as there is a need for clear communication in a world of fake news and fake science – climate change deniers and anti-vaccination falsehoods. Keep telling the world about science, as I and many others will keep listening.
Dennis Fitzgerald, Melbourne