Ab­so­lute magic

Truro-area man meets Back to the Fu­ture cast mem­bers

Truro Daily News - - COLCHESTER COUNTY - BY LYNN CUR­WIN lynn.cur­win@truro­daily.com

Some say meet­ing your “he­roes” never lives up to the billing.

Dave John­ston will tell you oth­er­wise.

John­ston, who lives in North River, re­cently at­tended Fan Expo Canada, in Toronto, where he met sev­eral mem­bers of the cast of Back to the Fu­ture, in­clud­ing Michael J. Fox.

“It was an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence to meet him,” he said. “I was on a high for a while, and I couldn’t call my fam­ily quick enough.

“He was jok­ing around and easy go­ing, true class in ev­ery sense. You can see he’s strug­gling with the e ects of Parkin­son’s, but he still smiles and makes meet­ing him a great ex­pe­ri­ence. I was sur­prised how easy it was to talk to him.”

John­ston also met Christo­pher Lloyd who played Doc, Lea Thomp­son and Tom Wil­son. Dressed in the out­fit he wears to per­form as Mr. J, he made Marty Mcfly and ux ca­pac­i­tor bal­loons for them.

“Peo­ple told me I look like Michael J. Fox, and I dressed as Alex P. Keaton, the char­ac­ter he played in Fam­ily Ties, one year for Hal­loween,” he said. “My mom used to tell me I was go­ing to meet him some day, but I didn’t know how that would hap­pen.

“I’ve read all his books, and I would highly rec­om­mend them to peo­ple look­ing for in­spi­ra­tion.”

An­other con­nec­tion he shared with Fox is a con­cern around Parkin­son’s. Fox was di­ag­nosed with the con­di­tion in 1992, and has be­come an ad­vo­cate for re­search into the dis­ease. John­ston was moved to raise for funds for the Parkin­son So­ci­ety of Canada af­ter see­ing a friend of his aunt strug­gle with the con­di­tion.

ree years ago, he held a Back to the Fu­ture- themed magic party and raised $1,050.

“Parkin­son’s takes away so much from peo­ple,” he said. “I was moved by what Michael J. Fox said. He said he got more per­sonal sat­is­fac­tion from his work with the foun­da­tion ( e Michael J. Fox Foun­da­tion for Parkin­son’s Re­search) than from act­ing.

“It’s good to cel­e­brate our cham­pi­ons, and it was re­ally cool to meet these peo­ple.”


David John­ston and his friend Adri­enne Mirabelli spent time with Christo­pher Lloyd, who was re­lax­ing in the Back to the Fu­ture Delorean. John­ston, a big fan of Back to the Fu­ture, met a few of the cast mem­bers dur­ing a re­cent event in Toronto.


David John­ston joined Michael J. Fox and Christo­pher Lloyd in the Back to the Fu­ture “look­ing at their watches” pose. John­ston met the ac­tors at an event in Toronto in Septem­ber.

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