From ABC News' 20/20 May 1 Barbara
Walters interview with Christopher Reeve (the week his just-published Still
Me hits bestseller status):
Walters: In the thousand days since my last interview [with him], he
has done more than many people accomplish in a lifetime. ... He has single-handedly
put spinal cord research on the map, bringing his star power to Washington
to step up funding for the breakthrough that he hopes will get him out
of his wheelchair. ...
Reeve: I can't be alone. I'm never alone. There's always somebody listening,
you know, to make sure that something doesn't happen to the vent.
Walters: When you dream, you are whole?
Reeve. Always. .... I have never once had a dream where I am in a wheelchair
Walters: Is it denial?
Reeve. No, It's part memory and it also comes from the conscious thought
that this is not permanent.
Walters: It is his message of hope that may explain why Christopher
Reeve is one of the country's most sought-after motivational speakers,
earning fees equal to those of former U.S. presidents. ...
Walters: ... in the early days in the hospital, your mother came. And
she wanted the doctors to pull the plug.
Reeve: Well, my mother was only trying to accede to my wishes. Because
for years I'd always talked about if I couldn't sail and swim and ride,
then life wouldn't be worth living. So she was trying to help.
Walters: You weren't angry?
Reeve. Oh, no. I understand that she was trying to help.
Walters: Do you have any special fantasy about the day when you'll take
those first steps?
Reeve: Well, being an actor and a director, yeah, I sometimes fantasize
about how to do it in a really dramatic way....You know, do we rent Radio
City? Do we do it on the Oscars?...
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