A few years back when actor Michael J. Fox made a number of ill-informed comments about the “promise” of embryonic stem cells, it was impossible not to cut him some slack. He suffers from Parkinson’s disease and it was only human nature on his part to buy into the PR that somehow embryonic stem cells (ESCs) could cure his Parkinson’s, as well as a host of other nasty diseases.
That honorable inclination not to pile on applies perhaps even more to Linda Ronstadt, one of the great voices of the 80s and 90s who can no longer sing because of her Parkinson’s. That is a loss for anyone who appreciates music well sung in many genres including pop, jazz, rock, and even folk.
She recently gave an interview to the Associated Press. Ronstadt is promoting her memoir, “Simple Dreams.”