Everyone is full of congrats and affection about this
lucky break I caught and the "15 minutes of fame"
I will receive by actually making it into the Micheal Moore
I am very excited and quite passionate
about this subject. My part is just a small segway
that moves the story from Canada and it's health care
system, over to England and its Universal care which I
was able to use in great way while vacationing there
in London some 10 years ago. So here is a journal of
my proud day at the Movie Premier last Thursday, June
14th in Seattle when I got a rare chance to meet
Micheal Moore and see his innovative and eye opening
Also visit Micheal's everchanging website. It is loaded with cool stuff.
READ MORE .... http://www.michaelmoore.com/
First off, they called from Hollywood and invited me
to go just one day before the event. I was asked to
RSVP, so i cleared my schedule asap, hired someone to
fill in for me at The Viking and choose a "guest" to
come along and share this cool moment with me. My
sister Katherine had emailed me offering to go if it
came up. In fact she was the only one with the
exception of her son that showed any interest, of driving
so far just to see a movie. It also
helps that she lives in Seattle! Duh! So I asked her
and she said yes. Very cool.
We were to meet at the venue by the Paramount just off
Pine street called "AMC Pacific cinemas", which was on
the 4th floor of a shopping mall. My sis wanted to buy
me lunch, so we were to meet at 5pm giving us over an
hour before we needed to check in with Micheal Moore's
crew. I Left Olympia around 3:42, and with a little
traffic hassle here and there I actually arrived at
the theater by 5:07pm! I did not make even one wrong
turn and landed in the parking garage in the same
building as the theater! Katherine was stuck in
traffic, but arrived within a half hour. We had
Delicious margaritas, and a chicken casadea at a
little Mexican bar a small walk away from the venue.
So we checked in as VIP's, and were escorted to a
roped off section of the screening room and sat with
the PRESS. Micheal Moore arrived with his sister Anne
Moore, who greeted me and said "You are the one that
provided some much needed comic relief in the middle
of our little picture, Thank You". And that was coming
from one of the producers! Micheal greeted the crowd
and announced he would have a question and answer
session after the film. Then he took his seat about 3
feet from us, directly in front of me, down 2 rows.
When they brought him a tray of movie food, he said
"Wow, so you feeding me? Are all the food groups
represented here?" Between you and me, it was just
popcorn and soda, the usual crap I always avoid at the
movies. No apples.
So we watched the flick. I loved it! I say, just go
and see it. I do not want to spoil it for you! I will
say that my part arrives about half way through the
film. Micheal plowed through 4 hours of my vacation
videos, and carefully edited them down for this
transitional time in the movie. They included:
The Plane ride
Singing a-Capella original song "Oh England" at the
London Hotel with my friend Ken
Sitting on the steps of the legendary "Abby Road
Studios" where the Beatles recorded the bulk of their
work. I was shooting the cover art for my debut album
"I'm Alive", which was released in 1998.
My famous fall on Abby Road where I was walking on my
hands for the unique photo opportunity.
Waking up in the Hospital after having my shoulder
pushed back into place by English medics.
Enjoying my "Less than $10" medication that came along
with me FREE MEDICAL SERVICE!
Micheal makes the comment that I had to enjoy London
"My own way". He then proceeds to go to England to see
if what I say is true about the meds and the FREE
If you watch the entire credits, my name appears in
alphabetical order, just above Eddie Vedder, of Pearl
So after the movie He addressed the crowd for about a
half hour. The first thing he did was point me out by
name, and I got a loud cheer of recognition. This was
highlight for me! I stood up and put me hands in the
air in acknowledgment and the he said something like
"Eric gives Hope to all those musicians in the world
out there"! So that was awesome.
On the way out of the complex I was actually
recognized by several people. This was cool, since in
the film I was sporting a beard,mustache, and much
longer hair. All in all it was a great night,
quite a highlight for a young kid like me from Olympia,
Washington! Thanks Mike!
My sister Katherine seemed to enjoy herself,
so I dropped her at her car and headed back to Olympia with
a big smile on my face. And there you have it. Thanks
everyone for your support and interest. By all means
go and see this movie! It will open on June 29th, and
I simply cannot wait to see it again!
As a result of my involvement with the movie SiCKO, the media has picked up the story and plastered all across the web. Here are some direct links for you enjoyment!
This is the VIDEO footage from the Olympian about Eric: Click here.
This is the RADIO segment from KOMO about Eric: Click here.
Courtesy of The Olympian: This is the written article about Eric: Click here.
Feel free to respond to this email!
I would love to hear from you! And special thanks to
Micheal Moore and his camp. They were gracious and great!
My sister wanted to add her two cents worth
about the whole experience. So take it away.
Email Eric Turnbow:firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi all, here's a memento photo (although I
regret that its not the personal Eric &
Michael shot I'd hoped for, as they
immediately whisked him out the back
following the Q&A). I also want to add
one little item that was omitted from
When Michael Moore first entered the room
with his entourage, they paused on
the landing very close to our seats.
As he turned to see where an aid was
pointing out his seat, he immediately
spotted Eric, smiled, bowed his head
and mouthed the words "thank you". It
was really very sweet. It was clear
that after reviewing Eric's videos there
was a real kindred connection. I'm sure
he must have been tempted to tell the
other part of the story as well
(the peritonitis nightmare back in the
US that led to his "I'm Alive!" collection),
but using the same person twice would
have detracted from the overall flow
of what he was doing. But it is a charming
clip, and Eric's passion for music comes
across as the zeal behind his "wanting to
cross Abbey Road in his own special way".
So I hope he can use his 15 minutes to
drum up a bit of business -- as there were
quite a few adoring fans that approached
us afterwards (including a comely little
gal originally from Olympia who I hope stops
by the Viking).
As for me, I have a great deal of respect
for Michael Moore and his works. Indeed,
his common theme of leaders who use fear
to manipulate followers shows real
presence. Perhaps I might exploit my
brother's coat-tails and persuade him to
do a future project.