Michael Andrew Fox, OC , known professionally as Michael J. Fox, is a Canadian-American actor, author, comedian, producer, and activist. With a film and television career spanning from the 1970s, Fox starred in the Back to the Future trilogy, where he portrayed Marty McFly. Other notable roles have included Mike Flaherty on the ABC sitcom Spin City and his portrayal of Alex P. Keaton on the American sitcom Family Ties. Throughout his career, he has won five Emmys, four Golden Globes, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Amber Patrice Riley is an American actress, singer and author. She is best known for her portrayal of Mercedes Jones on the Fox comedy-drama series Glee . For her performance on the series, she won a Screen Actors Guild Award, and has been nominated for three Teen Choice Awards, three NAACP Image Awards, and three Grammy Awards.
Carl August Sandburg was a Swedish-American poet, writer, and editor. He won three Pulitzer Prizes: two for his poetry and one for his biography of Abraham Lincoln. During his lifetime, Sandburg was widely regarded as "a major figure in contemporary literature", especially for volumes of his collected verse, including Chicago Poems , Cornhuskers , and Smoke and Steel . He enjoyed "unrivaled appeal as a poet in his day, perhaps because the breadth of his experiences connected him with so many strands of American life", and at his death in 1967, President Lyndon B. Johnson observed that "Carl Sandburg was more than the voice of America, more than the poet of its strength and genius. He was America."
Mary Roach is an American author, specializing in popular science and humor. As of 2016, she has published seven books,: Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers , Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife , Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex , Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void , My Planet: Finding Humor in the Oddest Places, Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal , and Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War .